Apparently fondant icing tastes really, really bad. But it makes the cake look
as smooth as a baby's butt really nice so people use it. The cake is first frosted with buttercream and then covered with fondant. When the cake is served the fondant is supposed to be peeled off (think like an orange) but mostly this doesn't happen. The fondant is served with the cake and, even though edible, the fondant really doesn't add to the whole cake experience.
I found a new technique on-line that makes the buttercream appear to be fondant. That way you have the nice smooth look without the whole wax eating experience of fondant.
The swags on the above cake are actually fondant, but homemade marshmallow fondant. So, although better tasting, I recommended that the swags not be served with the cake. The fondant has the taste/texture of a really thick marshmallow.
innards cake itself was lemon with a homemade blueberry filling. Yummy!
you are curious about my disastrous cake from last weekend you asked for a pix of the last cake, here it is. Taken by my husband's cell phone, and almost not at all because I didn't know if I wanted photographic proof of the cake from Hades.
You can look, but don't mention it to me if we talk in person. I'm still suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.