I made this cake for a sixteenth birthday. I have made this young ladies birthday cakes for most of her life. Her family is not big fans of fondant, but they liked to the look of the fondant zebra stripes. I baked three 8" round layers and one 4" round. I covered the cakes in buttercream, but I used fondant for the ribbon, zebra stripes, and the #16 topper.
The young lady was very pleased and her friends were very impressed.