Thank you for your answer and details... You sound like the perfect person to ask my next question... Just in this short time after I asked you my first question, I'm already having a change of heart I think. I'm thinking to be ambitious and maybe make my own cake. It is going to be a busy day as it is and so I was trying to make it a little bit easier on myself by buying a cake, but I LOVE eating home-made dishes, compared to store-bought (especially from a grocery store bakery, which I originally was planning to get it from) and I think everyone else at the party would enjoy a home-made cake better as well.
When I was helping my sister shop for her wedding cake years ago, we tasted a few varieties and although she never chose this combination, I loved this one mini cake we tried (banana cake, some type of raspberry moose filling and a chocolate frosting)... I loved that combination... Have you tried a combo like that or similar to that? Although I'm pretty sure this is the type of cake I want to make, I guess I'm not sure of the direction I want to go. I know I don't want to make everything from scratch if at all possible... Could you give me your best advice with my ideas below?..
I'm thinking to do one of these:
1) home-made banana cake that I already have a recipe for that I make often, home-made raspberry filling (using frozen raspberries and raspberry preserves), and either using like a container of betty-crocker chocolate frosting or trying a nutella frosting that I've seen, but never tried (mix whipping cream with nutella)
2) forget the banana cake and just make a box yellow cake mix, same raspberry preserves, and same options for chocolate frosting.
I would attempt the raspberry moose-type filling, but I have no idea how to do it and don't want to screw it up. Do you like one of those 2 options I listed above, or were you inspired from my ideas to suggest additional tips to pull my ideas together? If I can get away with it, I would love if I can maybe make part of the cake home-made and the part(s) (that aren't so integral to the cake) to be store-bought if I can get away with it... Any and all advice would be appreciated. Thank you!