This was the cake I had entered in the "Sweet Treats Cake Competition" at Colnia, NJ. I received an 'Honorable Mention' award for this one. This was my first cake competition ever. The cake competition was actually a fund-raiser for the Colonia Middle School, so I had thought of making a "Back to School" cake for it.
The basic cake was a vanilla cake with buttercream frosting. I had used the box mix for baking the cakes, but I had 'doctored' it for the density of the cakes for the tiers to remain sturdy and not crack. I had found this way from this link http://baking911.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=cakebaking&action=print&thread=2163 I had used the recipe for Extended Pound Cake. It turned out pretty good but it was more crumbly. I managed to frost the cake but it took a lot of time.
The cake decorations are all made out of modeling chocolate. The crayons, pencils, rulers, calculators, report cards everything is chocolate. Also the school bus details are created using the modeling chocolate. It took me around 4 days to bake the cakes and the chocolate decorations from scratch; but it was all worth as this was my first award winning cake!!