This is a cake of firsts. My first basket weave, first rope border, first color flow (the birds), and all new flowers. It's also my first Red Velvet Cake. I made a change this time with my icing and tried making butter cream with 1/2 butter and 1/2 shortening as opposed to all shortening (the Wilton Method). I like the melt in your mouth creaminess that the butter gives the icing. It also gives it a yellowish tint which is good for the look of this cake.