First, let me apologize for a horrible picture!! But, this cake really came out to be very realistic. The bottom vase of this “hookah pipe” is ALL CAKE! It starts with a few layers of 8″ round vanilla cake topped with a dome of vanilla cake. The “pipe” is a large wooden dowel covered in fondant and painted in silver luster dust. The plate up top is made of gumpaste and also painted with silver luster dust. The hose (?) – you know, that thingy you smoke out of- well, that’s fondant! I was VERY nervous construction this cake because anyone knows that tall, vertical structures need a lot of TLC, stable inner structure, and a lot of balancing, securing, and lots and lots of prayers to the Cake Gods that it doesn’t come apart before you drop it off safely. Definitely a challenge, but worth it in the end. The designs around the base is painted on with gold luster dust. The gold beads are fondant also painted with gold luster dust. There was a lot of luster and dusting going on with this cake!