I started by making a bunch of apple blossom flowers. I used the medium flower cutter from Wilton. I slit the petals apart with an exacto (a must have for working with fondant), and then rolled the center of each petal with a ball shaping tool, giving them a gentle cupped petal. I wasn't sure how to finish off the center and actually stumbled upon a great solution. I took yellow and a light orange fondant and kneaded them together, making sure to leave small streaks. I then rolled it out and cut out small circles. I balled them up and dipped them in water, after that, I pressed the top into a paper towel. The texture on it gave the center a design that looks an awful lot like the center of a real flower.
Each layer is filled with Bavarian creme [yum!] and iced with butter cream. I then wrapped each layer in red fondant. In order to get a color this deep, it is necessary to add a dry product to the fondant to counter the wet of the gel coloring.* You can add corn starch or powdered sugar. (Both should be sifted before being added) I used to only use powdered sugar, but the heat from your hands heats it and becomes very sticky. I was turned on to the corn starch and haven't looked back since! It works much better.
Next, I painted chinese characters on each side on all levels of the cake. They requested the English translation be visible. I placed it on the top of the tier below it for the top two, and just below it on the bottom one.
I constructed the cake on site (which, I do suggest if you need it to travel more than a short distance). I had made small branches out of fondant and scattered those around the cake and used butter cream to adhere the flowers to the branches and the cake. Small leaves painted with gold luster dust were scattered around as well. Read about luster dust here. And here is a place that has several colors of luster dust priced well!
The plaque was rolled fondant cut in a square and I piped the message on with butter cream.
*Please note, you should always use gel colorings, and not the liquid drops that are typically sold in the spice isle and used for coloring eggs!