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Tips and insight on making and decorating the "Dress Cake"

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My daughter is turning 4 and we are making that ultimate girlie cake, the cake that looks like a big hoop skirt with half a princess doll on the top.

We're making a 4-Layer cake with a dome as the top layer to simulate the skirt and creat the basic structure.

The question I have has to do with the decoration. Basically it comes down to fondant vs. speadable (i.e. buttercream) icing. I figure that the fodant will create a more clothlike effect, but I haven't worked with fondant before. I've heard that it's a pain to work with. We can buy pre-made fondant, but it comes in white, how would we color it?

I guess we'd also like to have some fondant basics if possible.

Thanks

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  1. I think you should go for the fondant -- you're right that it will look more like an actual skirt, and it isn't as hard to deal with as it looks. You just cut off a little piece, squeeze a little food coloring onto it and knead it like dough -- the color mixes through very easily. Then use a rolling pin to make it flat and swing it around the cake :) Even if you get a little messy and your fondant isn't in perfect pieces, it will just look like romantic sways in the skirt.