Happy birthday, Barbara!
Barbara is teacher who is also very artistic, excels at calligraphy, and is very involved in Israeli dance. For her birthday, I made a fondant top to her cake in the shape of a blackboard, with a piece of chalk, a pencil, and stickers to reflect her teaching background. I added in a fondant sticker about Israeli dance, plus a palette and brush, and a calligraphy pen and paper to indicate her other interests.
I opted to make the cake and fondant cake top separately, since not everyone likes the taste of fondant, and I wanted to avoid the “I can’t cut into it” syndrome. The fondant was on a piece of foiled wrapped cardboard that was suspended over the buttercream frosted chocolate cake (I cut lollipop sticks down to a height slightly above the cake, placed them in the cake, and they held up the fondant cake top. When it was time to serve the cake, the top came off, the sticks were removed, and the cake was cut.
Another advantage was that I had lots of time to work on the fondant, and I made the cake later so that it was super fresh at the party.