Fondant cake is very different from fresh cream cake which is so common here and sold at most of the bakeries locally. It is made of a kind of hardened white icing which is colourable (with edible colours of course) and sculptable into different shapes and designs.
Like a play dough, we need to knead, roll, cut, press, mould (if there is a mould) and sculpt (free hand) the sugar dough to realize a desired design. The amout of time we spend varies from few hours to few days, not to mention the effort behind and well......nights of sleep sacrificed (aging faster, ha!).
Fondant cake is a form of arts that need a skillful hand and mind to perform and we have to do it slowly and carefully to produce a precious cake piece. How do you judge a design? There is no exact guideline. According to competition rules, no matter what design is executed, it has to be finished neatly and precisely. For instance, a Tigger must look like a Tigger and Pooh look like Pooh *grin* and the cake must not look messy.
Every cake designer has his own style. You can check out his/her portfolio for his/her style of design. Some designers prefer simplicity whilst others prefer more complicated design. Some are figurine experts whereas there are designers who are specialized in flower making, cake painting or piping with royal icing etc. There are many options available. So, a good survey would help to decide a designer who could fulfill your need.
Guess you know my style by now. Anyway, I wish I could be more versatile and try out other skills I had learned in 2011, i.e. flowers making and royal icing piping. So, stay tuned and subscribe to my blog perhaps for more updates, tee hee......
Wish everyone dropping by a very happy, healthy and fruitful 2012!