I am doing a princess cake and have decided to try to do the type of swag that is shown in the picture attached. I'll be doing the cake in buttercream. Unfortunately I'm not sure where I saved this pic from, whether it was from here or google images so I can't ask the creator. Is it best to roll the fondant out thin to do this or should it be thicker? I guess I'm still unsure as to when to roll fondant to certain thicknesses. Any other advice for this is greatly appreciated. Thanks for your help!
I would roll it 1/4" and lay skewers under it when picking it up. That places the pleats. Then take it and put it in place.
Hope this helps
You can buy a mold to do it and then they all come out exactly the same. You can do it without, just roll out the fondant, cut a rectangle and use wooden skewers to make the pleats (alternate putting one under, then one on top), then pinch the ends and attach to the cake. I did this one with the wooden skewers.
Actually, is best to roll it thinner. A thick swag is too heavy and not only it's difficult to shape, it can fall down.
To me, this swag looks like it was a mold.
You can do it freehand. Just roll the dough out thin and you dowel rods to make the folds more precise.
There is a tutorial on this website. Click the articles tab and then type 'swag'. They are pretty easy, just take practice like anything else.