You’ve seen those fancy cakes on the internet and on those baking shows. They look amazing, and you’re wondering how you can unleash your creative side while making your own cake masterpiece.

You can start by getting to know fondant!

Fondant is like edible clay. It is made of white sugar and can be easily molded and worked into whatever shape you want. It is relatively inexpensive, so you can buy a lot and play with it until you are comfortable working with it.

You can get fondant at baking supply stores and even at hobby stores. It comes in white (you can choose from many dyes and color it as you wish) or you can buy it already colored.

Just as there are many fondants to choose from, there is a wide variety of fondant tools you can get. There are mats, cutters, rollers, “smoothers,” and writing pens. You may not want to buy everything on the shelves when you’re just beginning – just getting a rolling pin, some fondant cutters, and a smoother will probably be enough to start with.

Once you have your materials, start small. Use a basic butter cake recipe, make just one round layer to start with, and freeze the cake so it will be easier to work with.

While the cake is freezing, play with your fondant! Roll it out and cut out some shapes. It is your chance to have fun and be creative – try making some shapes freehand and see what happens. Once your shapes are cut out, give them some time to dry a bit, then store them in an airtight container.

The main thing to know about fondant is that working with it takes practice. Keep working with it and don’t give up – the results are well worth the effort.