First, if she insists she wants it *EXACTLY* like Freed's, then she needs to get it from Freed's! I think you are right to pass on this order as I don't think she will be satisfied with anything she gets. No one can reproduce a cake *exactly* like someone else. Heck, I don't think I would promise to reproduce one of my own cakes *exactly*.
I guess it's a moot point now, although the stork *looks* as though it was from a pan because it is so neat, smooth, & precise; I bet it is carved, just knowing where it came from and that I don't recall ever seeing a stork pan like that. Very cute cake, but I know I couldn't reproduce it adequately, either!