looks to me like hand painted fondant cut outs
ah, never thought of that! So it isnt really buttercream at all, it is just brushed on paint on the cutouts?
i can't see the whole cake, but what i can see it all appears to be fondant to me. HTH.
It is NOT brushed embroidery....looks like cutouts to me too.
I would say a cut out also, what I tried over the weekend was I bought a rubber stamp and mixed 50/50 fondant and gumpaste and then stamped the stamp and cut out the plaque for the monogram . This would work great for flowers for they have some nice flower stamps. Then just paint with your gels. Picture is in my photos red roses cake. Give it a try , I think you'll like it. It was really easy for a first try. HTH Good luck.
Congratulations Lorie, it is beautiful!