Fondant is a sugary covering that goes on top of cakes or cupcakes. It looks like a frosting but is thicker. It is rolled out with a rolling pin until it reaches the desired thickness, then laid on top of the cake. Shapes can be created from fondant to decorate the cake. Fondant gives a cake a more professional look but is easy to create at home.
Sprinkle the counter with icing sugar and roll the fondant out until it is roughly 1/6 of an inch thick. You may want to put icing sugar on the rolling pin as well. This keeps the fondant from sticking.
Use a knife or cookie cutter to create shapes in the fondant. You can freehand your shapes if you are confident in your abilities.
Pull the fondant shapes off the counter and place them on the cake.
Squeeze and shape your fondant into the desired shapes. It is much like using clay. Make sure you have all the necessary pieces made before putting them together. For example, if you are making a table, roll out four legs and a flat table top.
Lightly brush water on the fondant where you will be attaching the pieces together. For example, on the top of the four table legs and the four places they will go on the table.
Attach different pieces together. You may need to hold the pieces together for a moment for them to adhere properly.