I learned a lot about how to do it better next time and I only shed a few tears, but it turned out pretty decently. The entire thing is covered in fondant. Top and bottom. If you buy the pans, they give you very basic assembly directions, and you can find more online. I would venture to add that you MUST have a perfectly flat bottom to each half before you put them together and don't use too much frosting between them, or you'll have a mess and have to take them apart and the cake starts crumbling and...oh crap, I've said too much.