any hints, tips or things that went well for others?!?!?
I'm not very good at fondant so I can't really comment. BUT, Sharon Zambito covers a petal cake in her Flawless Fondant DVD. (She should be paying me for advertising, lol - I recommend those DVDs so much!)
Gina-Molyneux posted a gorgous petal cake, maybe she could help you.
I know it's kind of an oxymoron, but you have to be patient and work quickly at the same time. Make sure that your fondant is not too dry, if I'm covering something like a hexagon or petal, I work quite a bit of crisco into the fondant first.
After you roll the fondant out, roll it back over the rolling pin and unroll it onto the cake. Immediately smooth out the top and run your fingers along the outer rim so that the fondant doesnt' start to stretch too much under the weight of what is sagging down. As you're smooting out the sides, gently stretch the fondant down to keep from getting creases or elephant skin. I usually use a fondant smoother to help keep even pressure and smooth the butter cream underneath at the same time.
With some practice, you'll do a great job. Good luck!
Mug-a-bug, I actually have that dvd, but haven't watched it yet! I guess I know what I'll be doing this weekend
thanks for the suggestions everyone!
I did one recently. Just a one layer. I didn't run into any problems and my skills are pretty crappy IMHO lol