Many years ago a friend and I collaborated on a cake for our sons who were having a birthday days apart. It had ladyfingers around the sides and jello for water, life savers for buoys, little figures - oh, I don't recall all the details and it seems neither of us took a picture - but it was so much fun. The kids loved it.
Years later I remembered that cake when I came across a book about decorative cakes with recipes for the different types of frostings and their specific uses - figures, draping, cut-outs. A number of cakes resulted; and I remembered to take pictures. I came across the photos while looking for something else and enjoyed the memory.
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That is a mother and her two kids - they are eggs (not sure why they are pink and not white!).
I don't now recall who this cake was for but again it was enjoyable to use icing as 'clay' (more like play dough!) and come up with the specifics of the hot tub and also to make the two men real characters.
There is a cake under all of these and everything is edible.