A little while ago I was asked to create a cake for a little boy's fifth birthday. He loves the TV show Deadly 60 and so he required one of his favourite "deadly" animals: a banded sand snake (well I add to Google it because I had NEVER heard of that snake before !!!!)
Here is what I came up with. It is a chocolate madeira cake with chocolate buttercream. I covered the board with royal icing and sprinkled some brown sugar on top to try and get the impression of sand.
By the way, you can see what the real thing looks like here