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Sorry if my original post made you angry - that was not my intent, but apparently since you singled out my response by quoting it, I will assume that  it did and I will apologize for that and I will start out by saying that nowhere in my post did I say you were unprofessional,  and I certainly didn't say that her number one priority wasn't the health and well being of her child, or that you should have made a cake anyway and taken the chance of hurting this child.  I...
My website, facebook, and my mouth all tell people that I do NOT offer products for allergic or sensitive people.  Even if I used the appropriate ingredients, I'm still going to be using the spoons, mixers, table tops, that I used on yesterday's peanut butter filling.  I clean things VERY well, but I'm not willing to take the chance of a lawsuit.  Also, I can understand a customer being upset over the order being cancelled the day before a party.  That doesn't give her...
The Cake Bible by Rose Levy Berenbaum  has a fabulous recipe for neoclassic buttercream, which is basically like IMBC, but it  uses egg yolks instead of the whites and it tastes wonderful!  I use alot of my yolks to make this - it freezes great and can be flavored just about any flavor you like. 
I use boxed mixes because people love them.  I used the WASC recipe in the beginning and got complaints about the cake being dry (even after using a syrup on the cakes) and too dense.  No more - boxed mixes bake perfectly every time, light and fluffy,  and I've NEVER had a single complaint. I even use them for my carved cakes - cars, trucks, handbags, etc.  I sell what people like and want to buy - it's financially smart.   
I buy my sugar, Crisco, vegetable oil, McCormick's vanilla and almond extract from Sam's club.  I buy my cake mixes from Walmart unless they are on sale somewhere for less than $1.25 which is the price at Walmart.  I make MMF, but buy black, red and brown fondant online at sweetwise or fondant source.  If you buy things online, be sure to figure in the shipping and handling charges because it can make things MUCH more expensive.
I COMPLETELY agree with Maurorless67 - I'd put that KitchenAid mixer right at the TOP of the list tho.  Number One essential tool without a doubt!  Everything on her list is wonderful and well worth the money spent.  I agree to about the subscription to MyCakeSchool. . .  I love her tutorials!!  I've had a membership for the last 2 years and have learned so much and she has new tutorials all of the time.  Craftsy also has great tutorials and you can buy her a gift card...
I made one several months ago and took pictures of the process and posted them on my facebook page. . .here's the link:   https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.514260038588980.136834.144065155608472&type=3   My hubby built me the wooden base after I sketched out the size that I needed.  I cut the wings out of foamcore and place those on the base, then set my cake on top of that and the whole thing was covered with fondant and decorated.  Let me know if you...
I wouldn't try to add cocoa to your ganache mixture for the truffle centers.  Either make it with the chocolate you have or wait til you can get out to purchase the darker chocolate to mix in with your milk chocolate.  Personally I like all dark chocolate in a ganache.
roll out the gumpaste and use an exacto knife to cut out the logo.
What did you make the Bob figure out of? And how did you make the checks on his shirt? Cute!
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