I had decorated the cake with homemade fondant. It was a very simple, basic sort of decoration with a kid’s theme. It was my first time at fondant and the result was pretty good, with no tearing or smudging of the fondant. The cake itself was an unleveled one made from a store bought chocolate mix.
Here’s the recipe:
Sugar – 2 pounds Powdered sugar
Shortening – 1/2 Cup
Water – 2 to 5 tablespoons
Melt marshmallows with 2 tablespoons of water in a microwave for 21/2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Place 3/4 of the powdered sugar on the top of the melted marshmallow mix and stir with a greased ladle, till the marshmallows and the sugar have mixed to some extent, though not thoroughly. The marshmallow mix would have cooled down now. Grease your hands and start kneading the mix like dough. Your hands will get sticky but keep kneading and use the shortening to grease your hands. Add the rest of the sugar and keep kneading. Whenever your hands get very sticky, use some shortening, but not more than the half cup which has been prescribed. If the mix is tearing, add 1/2 a tablespoon of water at a time and knead it in. It usually takes about 8 mintes to get a firm, smooth, elastic ball which will not tear when stretched.
To decorate, first apply a layer of frosting to the cake. The frosting helps the fondant to stick to the cake.