I have never made or tasted a fondant or gumpaste decorated cake. How does it taste? I make the old fashioned cakes with buttercream, and I always get compliments on the taste and moistness of my cakes and the great frosting. I'm afraid the fondants will have the crisp, beautiful, elegant look, but not the great taste. Anyone?
(I want to take a class to learn the fondant/gum paste.)
This is a much debated topic on CC. The best thing you can do for yourself and your customers is take the fondant/gumpaste class and then decide for yourself. You'll learn lots of new decorating techniques and you'll be able to decide best then what's right for you.
I think buttercream is a dying art. If you have something that works for you, go for that. I would rather eat a cake with buttercream any day of the week and twice on sunday then eat a fondant cake. But I have only had the wilton and MMF fondant's. I haven't tried Satin Ice or any of the others. I have been told that they are pretty alright.