I love watching people on tv make the crazy fancy b-day cakes. and i wanted to figure out how. and i did. If you have ever looked a recipe for fondant you know that it can seem alittle scary for novice bakers.
Well my secret is:
I use plain old caned frosting betty crocker, cheap whatever. The white or vanilla works well. Take one can frosting dump into a bowl ad lots and lots of powered sugar. mix until you get a dough, you don't want it too sticky so add you powered sugar over time until you get the right consistency. you can divide it into smaller balls and add food coloring to make diff. colors. once you add color you have to add more sugar to keep it from getting sticky. when you have a dough ball that is not too sticky and not too dry, place in on a corn starch sprinkled surface - very important. you can dust off the corn starch when you are done. when you roll it out the bigger it is the harder it is to move so start small. Cupcake size. you can cut it out with cookie cutters for decorations or just leave it whole. When you are working with it, it can get really soft- if it does wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for a while about 20 - 30 mins. take your cake and coat it lightly with reg. frosting - something flavored that will be your crumb coat. it keeps the crumbs off the fondant when covering. don't make the fondant too thick - it's really sweet
and don't make it too thin it will tear when you are covering the cake
.have fun and practice. I made up a batch for our xmas cookies last year and the kids loved it, they could use it like play dough to decorate the cookies. after you have layed it over the cake smooth it out with your hands slowly like you are rubbing in lotion. smooth out the bubbles, and the first one never really looks all that great, but just keep trying it gets better. if you want to keep it simple. do it all white and use food coloring like watercolor paints, and paint. don't get it too wet though, it will get sticky or even run. good luck and let me know what you think. I would love to see if this advice helps anyone.