This cake was a real test to my patience, my tenacity, my devotion, my lack of experience - and to my poor posture! I’m slow at modeling characters in general, but I'm especially slow when they are actually supposed to resemble someone – so each one took about 5 hours. That's about 20 neck-crunching hours just to sculpt the characters! In the end, I wasn't particularly thrilled with their "likeness" to the actual movie characters, but I reminded myself that I'm still a rookie and these ARE made of sugar! I couldn't find a “Despicable Me” cake anywhere on the web (that was what I was looking for) as inspiration, so I just pulled the basic design from the the DVD cover. I wanted to cover the sides of the bottom tier with the rooftop design of the houses (see my draft in the drafts gallery), but time just didn’t allow for it. My little girl made a "stuffed crust pizza" for this cake, and I really wanted to find a way to incorporate it into the theme, so I decided all the children could hold something edible. Edith got the pizza and Margo and Agnes got the lollipop and cotton candy from the scene where they return home from the amusement park. As always, everything is edible! I thought it was really unique and endearing that “Despicable Me” is little Bryson’s favorite movie, being as he's really just a baby. Isn't that adorable? Happy first birthday, Bryson - I like the way you think!