You know, I am SO GLAD this thread came back around because I was thinking about something a couple hours after reading this thread, and i was too lazy to go looking for it ;-)
Not to judge, or to call out anyone in particular, but as a blanket statement, if someone tells me they bake from scratch, make all fillings from all natural, organic, top quality ingredients, their European Buttercream is made from free range eggs, and the butter is freshly churned from Unicorn cream, they were trained by Martha Stewart, and then they tell me about the chemicals in a box mix, and how inferior box mix bakers are since can do it, and i can see a point, and briefly feel inferior, but I disagree. And I respect what they are saying and feeling....... but then tell me they use Satin Ice Fondant*.......... it really tells me they are hypocrites and have absolutely no sense of smell and ZERO taste buds.
Satin Ice ingredients are readily available before you ever have to buy it, and anyone can read it is chock full of chemicals, and pretty expensive. You physically have to order it or buy it before you are exposed to it. And after you make the decision, and you get it home, you have you open it before you use it. It stinks. BAD. Like play dough. It makes your hands stink, too. And then it tastes bad, REALLY bad. Like play dough mixed with sugar and rancid grease. So, you cannot be trusted in matters of recipes or flavor.
However, I would still love to hear how you made that gum paste orchid, and how to get straight sides, or properly stack for transport, and I'll thoughtfully consider your business advice, and I can laugh with you about a number of things, like "What NOT to say to a baker" and I love to see all the gorgeous faces everyone has!
I just know my cake and fondant tastes WAY better than theirs. Regardless of the fact that many of my recipes have a box mix base, I just have a MUCH more refined pallet than them, regardless of what they think about it.
*Satin Ice gum paste is excluded, since it really isn't much of a food item if you are over 9 years old.
YES, you should be able to eat the fondant!