I'm saving the pictures for last in this post…
The girl I worked with who had the oil-flooded house was an identical twin, and she'd asked me to make a cake for her sister.
She gave me a page from a wall calendar that she was hoping I could copy in some fashion, and I have to say this is one of my favorites from that whole time period.
The cake itself was white, with white frosting.
I used one 12" round cake as the background, and trimmed the other cake to the shape of the figures on the calendar page.
Here's the calendar page:
And here's the cake:
I'll even put them side by side so it's easier to compare them…
I covered each layer with fondant.
The bottom layer's fondant had been colored blue, and I piped stars and "Happy Birthday, Twin!" across the top.
The upper layer is also covered in fondant that I'd tinted lightly with peach and ivory food coloring. I painted all the lines and shadows and facial details with food coloring paste thinned with a bit of water.
All the flowers and the wings were made ahead of time out of royal icing, and when they were dry I glued them in place with more royal icing. I think I did the hair with fresh (not dried) royal icing. Just a guess.
Anyway, this one seemed to go over pretty well.