A little history - I took a cake decorating class in 7th grade as a hobby. At the time my mother and I practiced making quite a few cakes, but then after a while not so many at all. I hadn't made a cake using a piping bag or tips for a number of years until Kyle and I were married. Then I think I made him a birthday cake or two, but really wanted to get back into it after our daughter was born. This was her first birthday cake in May of 2007. If I had to do this cake again I would use the next size down heart pan that I have for the top and make it a thicker layer. But it was fun to have a cake to go with our pink and brown polk-a-dot theme.