This fondant is really easy to work with, and tastes pretty good (considering it is fondant!). It is easy to color with gel or paste food colors, and is so smooth and satiny. I had never made a cake with fondant, but when my son asked for a lego cake for his 6th birthday, I knew the only way to make those smooth shiny blocks was to use fondant. While my creation is definitely not in the running for any cake competitions, it made my son happy, and when I need fondant in the future, this is the recipe I will use every time. Greasing your implements is very important--this is some pretty sticky stuff! If you try this, I hope you post pictures, I'd love to see how it turns out for you! This recipe made enough to cover the lego cake in the picture with enough left over that I probably could have covered another brick or two. It should be plenty to cover a two-layer 8-inch round cake with plenty left for decorations. The preparation time includes the time the fondant needs to rest, but does not include the time it will take to decorate your cake--that will depend on the difficulty of your design and how much experience you have with fondant. To color fondant, knead gel or paste food color into your prepared fondant (gloves make this step less messy). Fold the color into the center of the dough to help lessen the mess. It's just like edible play-dough, be creative!