I just returned from Orlando where I attended a fondant and gum paste class with the famed cake designer, Colette Peters (http://www.colettescakes.com/), at the Notter School of Pastry Arts. In the cake world, few are bigger and more influential in terms of design. Colette is credited with creating what is known as the "topsy-turvy" cake design, where a cake looks unbalanced, but is structurally sound. We decorated dummy cakes (styrofoam rounds) to practice our techniques. Dummy cakes are typically used in bakery displays and often in magazine shoots. Some of the attendees were able to take their creations with them, but because I was flying home, another attendee took mine to display in her shop window. It was so much fun and so exciting to meet Colette!