I was under a lot of pressure with this cake..all self imposed, mind you. It was the very first cake that I made for a relative (my nephew's first birthday), and I did a multi-layed stand up figure! Geesh. There were 4 layers of cake, and many dowels. I learned a lot about what to do and not to do when layering cake, how to pay more attention to the shape of the figure (which I am still learning how to do) and how to make it more realistic. It was a very stressful experience, but I learned a lot, and people do seem to like him!