It's my Dad's 70th birthday in a few weeks, and my Mom and I have invited 48 people...expecting 40 or less. I volunteered for birthday cake, and plan to make the chocolate cake w/ orange buttercream I clipped out of Gourmet 9 years ago (time flies). Since it says it serves 30, I plan to increase the recipe and use 10,8, and 6 inch layers rather than 9 and 7.
The recipe says to put each two-layer tier on a cardboard round 1 inch diameter smaller than the pan, support w/ drinking straws in the layer below, and stack. Sounds easy.
I don't make buttercream very often, but I know how to make curd, and I know how to follow a recipe, so the icing doesn't seem too difficult.
In the photo (not given on the website) the cake is decorated w/ white roses and wild strawberries. I will probably use fresh flowers, but perhaps something different. Recommendations to go along w/ a man's b-day party, general party colors are orange & yellow.
Comments, warnings, advice, etc. about making a big cake for a party, transporting it, cutting it, etc. will be greatly appreciated.