after i finished this cake i changed my tune for avoiding fresh flowers.
it turned out so pretty!
it's all cake - vanilla cake, raspberry preserves and lemon buttercream filling, and covered with vanilla buttercream.
i also designed and made the cake topper. i don't have a cutting machine, and wasn't going to buy one just for one project, so i patiently cut through 3 layers of cardboard with an x-acto knife. well let me tell you, if there is a next time, i'm going to buy a machine!