(sorry about the sunny background) I started making this cake for my final class that was on June 30, the Saturday before. I made from scratch (no store bought this time) and baked four layers of cake - one at a time. I used so much ingredients! A dozen eggs and almost 5lbs. of cake flour are among the lot, if that gives you any idea. I didn't finish the fondant on the bottom layer until Monday afternoon as I was a pound of fondant short to completing this seemingly 50lb. monstrosity! This took almost another pound of fondant to do all the fondant "beads" on the borders! The beads and leaves I did during class Tuesday night, although I had to finish three of the sides on the bottom tier at home; very time consuming, I am very happy with the results. We have all been enjoying it since Canada Day. One third of the top layer left and the entire bottom to go!