This is the design that Liz and I came up with during our consultation:
Liz did a fantastic job of pulling details from all of my inspiration cakes and putting them together to make one, cohesive cake design.
Layer One: Red velvet cake (because it was delicious and will look great when we cut into it), is covered in white fondant, a red fondant band rolled to mimic grosgrain ribbon, and a line of stitching-like dots.
Layer Two: Vanilla bean cake with chocolate malted buttercream (swoooon), covered in dark aqua fondant with a quilted design pressed into it. Red dots at each intersection.
Layer Three: Vanilla bean cake with key lime filling, light aqua fondant topped with red and white sugar flowers.
And because the hand drawing might be hard to interpret, I drew this in Illustrator:
I do really like it, but I'm still drawn to the look of a two-layer cake. Plus, this cake has a lot going on... I think I imagined something a little simpler. Mr. Dachshund definitely wanted something simpler, but he gave all designing rights to me on the condition that he had a say on the flavors.
Using my favorite detail of the above cake, I toyed with some other design ideas and came up with this:
I added in a cake topper from Lollipop Workshop, because I'd really like to have one for our cake. I'm not sure I would like it on top of the three-layer cake, though, as the top layer is pretty small.
What do you think, Hive? I can't decide between the two! Knowing that I no longer need to freeze a layer for our anniversary cake, should I go with the original three-layer design, or my version of a two-layer cake?