I was actually in the middle of making a cake with fondant roses when I saw Ace of Cakes, so I tried his way....eh. It's fast, but yes, they need to be pinched off, and they don't look like real roses.
So I did a search and found this site:http://www.sugarcraft.com/catalog/misc/lessons/fondantrose.htm
It's fast and the roses look GREAT. You can check them out in my photos (the most recent cake -- blue and white anniversary)
I had been trying to make them the Wilton way that I learned in course 3. BLEAH. Never, never again. Those Wilton fondant roses don't look as good, are harder, and take longer.[/url]