First of all, I would like to thank all of the other members who put their pictures of Mardi Gras cakes on here. They were all the inspiration. The bottom layer is a chocolate cake and was baked in the 13"oval pan. The top cake is a white mix but I tinted it in the Mardi Gras colors and made it in my homemade checker board pan. The beads and the crown are not edible.