I bought a dummy cake today and had a go at doing just the fondant. I'm going to just keep practicing until I get it down. Overall, it was the best that I've done so far. There were some cracking areas ... maybe it's elephant skin and not actual cracking??? There was also one tear at the top edge of the cake.
Here are some photos. I think I rolled it a little too thin. How do you know how much fondant you need for a certain size cake? I also forgot to put piping gel or water on the dummy to get the fondant to stick (oops!). Any thoughts on what I'm doing wrong would be greatly appreciated.
As a side note, I'm going to try creating the colours that I want by mixing different quantities of pre-dyed fondant so that it's easier to replicate. I haven't found a consistent method of reproducing exact colours using food colour gels. I'm really happy with the peach that I came up with tonight. Here's the "recipe" if anyone is interested:
29g orange (Pettinice)
38g yellow (Pettinice)
87g pink (Pettinice)
453g white (350g satin ice and 103g store brand)
< -- elephant skin on bottom right?
<-- tear on top edge