I think I have found a go-to cake for events and parties.
In the very last cake decorating class that I had in Course 1 this is the cake that we made. Well, not THIS one, but the same design. I ended up going with this design because it was something that I was familiar with and didn't think I would stress myself out so much about it. I think it ended up rather well for doing it completely on my own.
Before I even started my cake decorating classes my mom asked me if I could help her with the cake for the baby shower she was throwing and I, or course, said no problem. After I had taken my first two courses I had somewhat of an idea as to what I wanted to do but nothing set in stone. After my last class I realized that the last cake was the one that I needed to make. 1 - The baby was going to be a girl and 2 - I knew it was something I could do. This eased a lot of stress on my part and made the decorating process even more fun since it was more like practice!