When it comes to decorating cakes, there are a number of options. You could choose to work with icing, of which there are many types. But icing can be fussy and harder to control, especially in hot and humid Singapore. My favourite way to decorate a cake is with fondant.
Yes, fondant isn't really delicious but you can peel it off the cake which, actually to me, is a plus point. I mean, I don't really want to eat all that buttercream icing.
Also, as a busy mum of two boys, I like to make the process even easier by skipping steps if I can help it. My secret short cut is that I choose to work with ready-made fondant. Since it isn't really meant to be eaten, it doesn't matter that I didn't make it.
I like to purchase the Bakels Pettinice White Fondant which is the kind that hotels and bakeries often use for their decorating purposes. If the professionals use it, you should feel no guilt at all for not making home-made fondant. You can find it at Sun Lik ($8.80) or at Bake-It-Youself ($9.90). I buy mine from Sun Lik and I like to buy an extra pack or two to keep at home so I don't have to rush out to get some when I have a decoration need! They keep really well and don't need to be refrigerated so I just store them away for a rainy day.
Another option is Wilton's Rolled Fondant which is available at Fairprice Finest ($13.50) but if you are planning on using a lot of fondant you might want to head down to Bake-It-Yourself ($10.50) and save yourself some money.
Between the two fondants, Bakels Pettinice comes is a slightly larger package (750g) than Wilton (680g) so Bakels Pettinice works out to be a cheaper option. I haven't tried the Wilton Fondant yet so I intend to and will update this post when I do.
One last thing : If you do head down to Sun Lik, remember to tell the nice lady who runs the store that I told you to go there :) Also, I love the valrhona chocolate feves there. Remember to check those out too. Happy shopping!