I had decided I could make a cake like that and swore to put my money where my mouth is and give it a go. Half way through reading the instructions on how to make an "easy" marshmallow fondant (that's the smooth-looking icing that goes on the cake) I realized it was worth MORE than the $156 I paid! But I gave it try anyway. After cooking and mixing and kneading it for 10 minutes I had what resembled the recipe photos and what a freaking mess!!!:
That's powdered sugar everywhere. I thought I'd be smart and use my kneading/dough attachments for my hand mixer, powdered sugar flew everywhere!!!! A real genius!
So the recipe required the fondant to sit in the fridge overnight. Today I took it out and let it sit on the counter all day to bring to room temperature. When we got back from being out all day, I got the two year old down for a nap and started rolling out the fondant. I was getting so excited as I rolled it out; it was actually looking like something!!! It was perfectly beautiful, white and smooth like a wedding cake! My creative mind was running wild with the decorations I could put on it!
Then I placed the sheet of fondant on top of the lightly iced cake (to make the fondant stick) and I managed to put my finger through the fondant, then it pulled and buckled after I got it on so it looked pinched in sections and overlapped. Then, while I was cutting away the extra from the bottom it ripped in places...it's definitely something that requires practice and experience. Here's what it looked like before I gave in and let my son finish decorating it: