Thought both of you readers would be interested in seeing some of the cakes I've decorated in the last few years. I'm still learning how to pipe frosting but really enjoyed painting with food coloring on the fondant on the Trinidad cake that was for a Katrina-benefit bake sale. For the crab shape I gently pressed a crab cookie cutter into the fondant and painted it with a mix of yellow and red food coloring. Since the "paint' is translucent I just built up the layers of color where there should be details.
The doll cake pan was a great investment - I've made volcanoes, surf scenes, hula girls and other dolls from it.