This is the faux fondant method using Crusted Buttercream II recipe from this site.The roses are real. I made this in Oct 04 for my niece. It's white cake with buttercream filling. I used the faux fondant technique and Crusted Buttercream II icing. (icing recipe and tecnique found on this site) I got a lot of comments from people about the icing not being as sweet sweet as they have on many wedding cakes and I have to agree. I love the icing method because it gives the smoothe elegant look many brides want and the great taste of a nice buttercream icing.