Originally Posted by BlakesCakes
I'd strongly suggest buying a Wilton 2010 Yearbook, Wilton Celebrate With Fondant, and/or some of the Wilton Course 1,2,3,4 books. Most, if not all, of these can be found online or at JoAnn or Michael's.
Better yet, take some Wilton classes at one of the craft stores.
You'll waste a lot of time and product--and have more failures than successes--unless you learn the proper procedures.
You can read thousands of threads here, too, but step-by-step pictures, hands on practice of the right way, and/or demos will get you going in the right direction a lot faster.
You can also search youtube.com for cake decorating clips.
Unless you plan to become a pro - I have to disagree here - I've never taken a cake class or had any lessons other than what I've learnt myself, here & Youtube.
All I can say, is, if it truly interests you, you WILL get round the probs, patience & perserveriance is the key. You are definitely in the right place here on CC as there are loads of lovely cakesters ready to help. If you need help, just be as detailed as poss in your posts and the cakesters will guide you.
Check out Youtube on baking/frosting/stacking - everything! You will be proud you've 'taught' yourself!