This cake was done for a little girl who was adopted from China. Her adoptive parents wanted a cake that matched the hat she brought with her. The second pic shows the hat (on the counter) that her parents entrusted to me while designing the cake. The bamboo was hand formed from fondant and painted with various tan/brown gel colors. The hat and the two bottom tiers were French Vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream filling. The lotus flowers were gum paste.