This year I had a plan.
My parents were coming for a pre-Xmas dinner and I wanted to serve cake to them. I also wanted cake to serve other guests we were expecting and an uncut cake for Xmas day (just in case).
I cut my square cake into four equal quarters.
I decorated each quarter differently and had particular fun making icing and marzipan snowmen for one creation. Nothing was planned. I just made it up as I went along.
Three different cakes were available for my three different occasions and the fourth quarter which I left un-iced, wrapped with a ribbon and decorated with glace cherries, remained for our New Year's celebrations.
My four mini cakes may not have had the impact of one show stopping centre piece but it worked brilliantly for what I wanted.
Next year I may go back to making one carefully planned show stopper but it is good to know that this alternative approach worked so well.