We actually had homework for this class, to cover another larger "cake" tier (read: styrofoam) with fondant. I learned a few things:
1. Pay attention to the calendar. On Monday night, I was frantic to get it done for Tuesday's class, not realizing it was actually for Thursday's class.
2. If you have fondant that's been opened, even if it's in a plastic bag you think is sealed, check it out before you start kneading it. Unbeknownst to me, the bad had torn a bit, and the fondant on that side had hardened to a rock. It was just along the edge, and I didn't need all the fondant, but it was definitely rocky. And I didn't think to check it. So when I started kneading, I found that I was kneading pebbles throughout my fondant, which was really annoying. I tried to pick them out, but there were a lot so I gave up. It meant lumps in my fondant and an inability to roll it as thin as I should have, but no one was eating it anyway, so I just rolled with it.
Behold the homework:
See the white spots? Yeah, fondant pebbles.
I brought it to class anyway. And here's what I did with it...
I love fleur de lis, and I love the whole Mardi Gras theme! And those appliqués in between are textured too.
And then I finished off the top tier.
Together, it looks like this.
Not bad, right? Not perfect, by any stretch of the imagination, but not bad. And yes, this was a Topsy Turvy class. And no, the cake's not topsy turvy. Vanessa did give us styrofoam to form a wedge to make it topsy turvy, but I don't have any dowels for it. And honestly, the fondant at this point is hard as a rock. I'm not sure I could get a dowel through it to hold the cake together. So I just get a two-tier cake and the knowledge of how to make it topsy turvy.
Eric has requested, and I think I'd love to try, a topsy turvy Mardi Gras themed cake for our annual Mardi Gras in June party. How awesome would that be?!