the cake was for a teacher of course, the board is foam covered with fondant to imitate a school desk (well the way they look when I was in school) and I was able to run a dowel all the way in the apple and foam board to secure it. everything of the rest is edible , the pencil, the sheet paper... I used the ball pan plus one 6" in the middle and did a little carving. It gave me a hard time with the bottom of the apple it was not perfect so I had to put a ribbon to cover up the problem. thanks for looking!