Here is a 50th birthday cake for a lady who was a big basketball star in high school. The school colors were blue and white and I incorporated her name, high school, jersey number and mascot by writing them on the larger blue stars. The cake flavor was raspberry with white chocolate icing, all covered in marshmallow fondant. The bottom was an 8" square, the net portion was actually two inverted 6" ball cakes and the basket ball was the other half of a 6" ball cake.
The basketball and base cakes were quite easy to make, gave me no problems at all, but the net portion was just one headache after another! I had initially made black fondant to cover it in, but after rolling it out and trying to cover it from the top, it started cracking and ended up completely falling apart and in the trash. Fortunately, I had enough white fondant left and figured I would just get some of Wilton's black food color mist to cover it. So after I finally got it covered, this time wrapping the fondant around the sides instead of from the top, I sprayed the mist on, only to find out that it was more of a brownish color than black. Not a big deal, but when I tried to pipe the net, I just could not wrap my head around the pattern of the strings and they kept breaking! So I did the best I could in the time I had left and overall, I think it turned out pretty well.