Back when I had the cake business, I used to try new designs out on the family sometimes. This was one of them. I actually sort of stole the poinsettia look from Collette Peters so let's not pretend it was MY design but close enough. It was new to me. She used fondant. My family and most of my customers thought I was trying to make them eat play dough when I used fondant so this is was frosted with very smoothed down chocolate buttercream (hint: flat bladed knife and a glass of extremely hot water) and colored decorating gel. The cake was a big hit at our family Christmas party that year, even for a bunch of not really big chocolate eaters. I know, it's very un-American of us to admit that but it's true. It's not that we hate chocolate, it's just that we'd rather have creme brulee any day over chocolate cake. It must be a genetic thing.