Husband ordered a cake for his wife's birthday that would be symbolic of the phrase "You are the tie that binds us all together." That was quite a challenge! After days of deliberation, this is the design I developed--a simple cake with the focal point being a set of figurines molded in each family member's image and being tied and held together by the mother with strings tight in hands. Cake is buttercream covered. Figurines are fondant/gum paste mix. Heart plaque with inscription is gum paste.