I was just wondering what everyones preferred method is for attaching fondant decorations and/or hard material decorations (ribbon, pearls, etc) to a fondant cake???
I think most favour using royal icing. I use it most of the time but I have added a little water to some fondant and used it, it works really well too.
For light decorations (dragees, small flowers like daisies) I coat the back with vanilla and attach to cake.
For heavier decorations (flowers like calla lilies, roses or heavy drapes) that need to be attached, I melt a small bowl of fondant in the microwave and brush it on the back and then attach to cake.
When I use satin ribbon, I just glue the ends of the ribbon together. I don't coat the whole ribbon just the very ends and pull it as tight as I can around the cake.
I've tried practically every combination there is, but these methods work best for me.
I usually use tylose mixed with water.