I’ll be the first to admit it. This cake was a struggle. I had very clear ideas of how I wanted it to come out in my head and IT WAS HARD!!! I made some compromises along the way. There was no way to make the balance beam elevated and still have the girl on top. It was hard enough getting her to stand at all. But I do think that the low beam fit the age group – and also works with the other elements in the cake. I also had to sacrifice some form for function with the legs to get them to “hold her” which meant the leotard didn’t look as “real” as the gymnast wearing purple. She was just way way too tippy and that frustrated me to no end. But there are other things that really make me smile. I LOVE how the foam pit came out. I hollowed out the center of the cake and cut the foam bits out of fondant that I dusted with powdered sugar to resemble chalk. And I like the chalk stand near the uneven bars. I also like how I thought to work Charlotte’s age into the leotard of the gymnast. She liked that! And as caught up as “I” get in the details — I have to remind myself that I am making a cake for a child’s party and if the child it happy – it’s a winner!