Topsy-Turvey Sweet Sixteen Cake

My first topsy-turvy attempt. The candles are letters and spell out "sweet sixteen". To do the decor, I cut out the shapes and strips I needed out of edible black cake paper, pink fondant, and tinted icing. Frosting is buttercream only, no fondant. You can mix it up, don't feel you have to use a fondant overlay in order to use fondant trim pieces. Have fun experimenting. I trimmed the bottom edge with black beads from the craft store. For the topper, I cut the numbers out of construction paper and glued them to white candy dipping sticks, then stuck into the cake.