Cake fondant is a smooth, sweet material that is often used as a covering on top of cakes. Fondant can give a cake an even and elegant appearance and is popular with wedding cakes and professional cakes. It can also be used to create figures and other designs that you can place on top of cakes or cupcakes as a further decoration. Basic fondant figures are easy to make and require only a few tools.
Purchase fondant at a grocery store or a speciality baking store that is pre-made and already coloured. That way, you won't have to use food colouring to dye the fondant, as it can be difficult to smoothly colour the fondant.
Use a rolling pin to roll out the fondant to about an eighth-inch thickness.
Press a cookie cutter into the fondant to create a figure. Use a cookie cutter that coordinates with the type of cake you are making. For example, choose a heart, a Christmas tree or an animal.
Use a dab of frosting to stick the fondant figure onto the cake or cookie.
Take a small amount of fondant and roll it into an egg shape. The shape should be larger on the bottom and narrower on the top. This will serve as the centre of your fondant flower.
Use a rolling pin to roll out more fondant to an eighth-inch thickness.
Take a sharp knife and cut out petal shapes.
Use a dab of frosting to begin attaching the petal shapes to the egg-shaped centre of the flower.
Cut more petals out of the rolled fondant when the first row is completed. Make these petals slightly larger than the petals on the first row. Continue until the flower looks like a rose and is as large as you want it to be.