New to this but addicted to decorated cakes. I am struggling to perfectly cover a cake with fondant I get rolls and messes on the sides and then it tears at the top corners,,,,, is there a trick to this art?
Not really. Just keep watching youtube tutorials and keep at it.
It might be tearing because your fondant might be too thin. Try rolling it out a little thicker.
When you are applying it smooth top first then the first 1-2 inches down the sides, the as you are lifting and pulling the fondant away from the cake smooth the sides. If you place it on a can slightly smaller than the cake the fondant hangs down and it is sometimes easier to apply as well.
I am going through the same thing. Here are the suggestions by all the super friendly and helpful CCers.
Welcome!! After you practice a little while you will get better! Watch the videos on you tube and the Sharon Zambito DVD - Flawless Fondant - is great!
keep practicing. I have only been making cakes for a yr and I can't believe the difference in my covering skills then to now. Now I use my large crisco so the fondant falls to to sides. maybe roll it alittle thicker. just keep on trying.