I used to order all my cakes from Walmart or one of our local grocery stores. They all do an excellent job, but one year, I think it was for my son's 4th birthday, I wanted to try to make his cake myself. It was so much fun, and turned out so great! (I'll do a post on it soon.) I was hooked and haven't bought a birthday cake since!
First, I made a chocolate bundt cake. You can make any flavor you like, we just happen to be a chocolate family -- well, except for my husband, but he was outnumbered. Once it was cool enough, I turned it out of the pan to cool completely.
I wish I would have smoothed the cake out a little better, but it was getting late and my icing wasn't as stiff as I'd have liked. Making my own would have been much better! But anyway, once I put the icing on the cake, I filled in the center of the cake where Tinkerbell sat. Next I added the Pixie Hollow Fairy set I bought at Walmart, my home away from home. But it still didn't look quite right...I knew something was missing so I went for my silk flowers. Add a couple daisies (or some yellow flower) and you're set!