I am a big fan of Sarah-Jane from Cake That. She is an Australian baker and decorator who does beautiful designs. When I leave comments about her cakes or ask questions about techniques, she always gets back to me quite quickly. I find her designs to be unique and elegant.
One of her popular designs for weddings is a mummy cake although I think it also really looks like a rose.
I decided to try out the design for my friend's birthday awhile back. I
started with a 6 layered 6" strawberry cake. Between each layer I spread strawberry jam.
For the icing I made my usual buttercream substituting the vanilla with 1/2 tsp. of strawberry extract. I found the strawberry flavor a little fake and a little strong so I then added a little vanilla.
I iced a very thin layer on top of the cake and then filled a large pastry bag and using a large rose tip, began at the top center of the cake and slowly circled the cake until the whole cake was covered. It didn't take long at all to decorate the cake but you can see mine does not look near as neat as Sarah Jane's. I later learned that she uses fondant icing strips instead of buttercream. That explains a lot.
The cake turned out excellent. I have to say that the picture doesn't really do the cake justice. Part of that is my lack of photography skill, but in real life the cake did look impressive.