Ok. Here is last year's Leland Award cake. Note how the lettering was rather uneven in size.
And now, this year's cake, and the recipient, Michael Powe, with both the trophy and the cake:
Note how the lettering, while I couldn't get it as dark, is at least neater (although I now notice that the "rd" in "Award" is just a bit shrunken), and how I did a better way of troweling the frosting smooth, and at least attempted to apply "The Family Pattern" to it.
It was well received, and I know I need (1) some food coloring of approximately a burnt sienna color, and (2) an offset frosting spatula of about the same size and shape as the 50-odd-year-old flat one I use, because the handle gets in the way of troweling it smooth.
And I think next year, I'll use roughly this same layout, but shift the trophy a bit to the right, and the Museum logo a bit to the left.