Most of you have probably been introduced to Cake Wrecks, and that site has been endless enjoyment for our office!
It's part of the inspiration for this post. Imagine you go to your baker, and tell this you want a cake that is similar to this:
How do you avoid this?
Hire a professional baker, that is used to the area you live, humidity and heat can make big differences to cakes. Some areas can tolerate buttercream in the summer (we can't), some cakes shouldn't be outside period.
Some bakeries do other things, like sell groceries, check their prices and WHO is going to baking your cake. That can make a big difference. And honestly, the prices aren't all that different. In fact, you think you are saving money, and most of the time. You aren't.
Thanks Cake Wrecks for the use of the pictures on your site!