Hi, dukeswalker! This might be of some help..
This is my number one choice edna's you-tube rose tutorial. She is so talented and generous!! http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6FA5C5B3F107BDB7
You could also check these other links.
If you click on this pin you will see the tutorial. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/27092035232009427/
Thanks! So really - it looks like its just a plain ol' rose, made larger by more petals and draped over the backside of a bowl? Huh. Seemed more difficult than that. Any idea if I could use black Wilton(blech) fondant for this? I've never touched the stuff but bought a random box because it was being clearanced out. Would be great not to have to make gumpaste (black) for this cake! :)
That's just a big rose with curled petals. Take the petals and put them on a spoon, then press the edges down to curl them while the petals set up. You can use black fondant and add 1 1/2 tsp of tylose into it to make a quick gumpaste if you want it to be black.