"The biggest thing I would say is GIVE YOURSELF ENOUGH TIME. All these cake/baking fails online seem to be because people think, 'OK, the party is in an hour, and bake time is 45 minutes. That means I'll have 15 minutes to decorate.' WRONG! You have maybe two hours of work ahead of you, and that's IF you have room to cool your cake in the fridge (add another hour on there if you have to cool the cake at room temp). So, read the recipe days before you need to have the item baked, order all the correct supplies (also, pay that extra money for the good butter, and vanilla...if nothing else, spend money on those things), and give yourself at least two to three times the baking time to get things done...this would be totally different for bread/yeasted items...in that case, you should just expect to use about 3–4 hours."