I had planned to make this cake for my Dad’s 84th birthday. Unfortunately he passed away a few days before. When I showed my sister-in-law a photo of the cake she convinced me to go ahead and make it as it was totally appropriate for his wake. I believe it was fate that I choose this cake. First I want to thank Toni (whitecrafty) for the wonderful design. Originally it was to have one dove at the top to represent my Mom that passed away almost 13 years ago. Now it has 2 doves, my Mom leading my Dad up to heaven. My brother that passed away last year is represented my the dove sitting in the tree. On the branches are my Dad’s 5 children, 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. My 3 years old granddaughter always “helps” me make cakes. I give her some fondant and cutters and let her play. While I was working on the cake she came to me and handed me a lovely blue heart. She said “Nana I made this heart for Opa’s cake”. So in the last photo you will see Tillie’s heart to Opa. (Opa is german for grandfather) This was a labor of love and there are definitely a few tears on this cake. Thank you for letting me pour my heart out.