Let's talk about fondant--or my attempt to decorate with fondant for the first time. Teach this horse how to find water and I'll drink for years--I'm the queen of jumping online and finding a tutorial for just about anything. Enter stage left: cake decorating. My daughter celebrated her first birthday in May and I had determined from December that I was making a cake covered with fondant. It was a bit daunting, but I sat for hours and sketched a cake I thought my daughter could look back on one day and say, 'what'd you do all that for--I didn't know a cake from a door knob.' I studied (seriously) tutorials on youtube, and watched Ace of Cakes constantly. (Not that I'm even in the same hemisphere with those people; their cakes are ridiculous). After several trips to Michael's and my new favorite how-to book, Celebrate with Fondant the cake was a success. The top tier is french vanilla and the bottom tier is layered french vanilla and marble cake. Both tiers were iced/filled with chocolate buttercream icing. The dots and flowers are also fondant. Ah, my first fondant covered cake for my first child's first birthday...I hope, one day, she'll love it.