This was definitely one of my favorite cakes so far - I could have spent hours working on little details. The biggest problem though was getting that dark fire engine red... I had a moment of panic when I couldn't seem to get anything deeper than a dark pink color... figuring that wouldn't fly with an observant 3 year old boy, I dumped what seemed like all the red food coloring in Charlotte into my buttercream, and voila... RED! The firehydrant was added specially for the birthday boy, who can't eat gluten. Jackson's mom baked a gluten-free cupcake just for him so I worked it into the design.