I thought you might like to take a look at a recent cake I did for someone. The theme for the party was "masquerade" and they asked for a two-tiered fondant covered cake in chocolate and vanilla. The 10" bottom was chocolate devil's food and the 8" top was vanilla.
It's kind of hard to tell in the photos but all the yellow decorations were painted or dusted with gold. The masks were made of sugar paste and royal icing while some of the applique decorations were made of fondant.
Favourite part to make on this cake? The masks of course! I loved creating the gold tipped feathers.