6. Using a flat-sided glass or fondant smoothing tool, flatten out the top of the cake, square up (or level off) the corners and smooth down the sides.  Using a small paring knife or pizza cutter, trim off all of the fondant excess that is on the table. Be careful with your cutting as you don't want to pull the fondant back away from the cake.

If you are a stickler and instead prefer to prepare your own fondant, here is a simple recipe for basic cake fondant:

1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 tablespoon glycerin
2 lbs powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon white vegetable shortening

1. Prepare the gelatin. Sprinkle the gelatin over cold water in a small bowl and let it rest for two minutes to soften. Place the bowl in a microwave for 30 seconds on high, until the gelatin dissolves.

2. Add the almond extract, corn syrup and glycerin. Add these ingredients to the gelatin mixture and stir until smooth and clear. If the mixture is not turning smooth and clear, microwave it for an additional 15 to 20 seconds on high and stir again.

3. Add the sugar. Sift 1-1/2 lbs of the sugar into a mixing bowl. Make a hole in the center of the sugar and stir the liquid mixture into it. Stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture becomes sticky.

4. Prepare your work surface. Sift some of the remaining 1/2 pound of sugar onto a clean work surface. Any leftover sugar can be added back into the fondant mixture, as needed.

5. Knead the fondant. Turn the fondant onto the powdered work surface and knead until it forms a smooth, pliable mass, adding more sugar if necessary. Rub the vegetable shortening onto your fingers and continue to knead the fondant, working the shortening into the mixture.

6. Wrap the fondant in plastic wrap. Place the wrapped fondant in a tightly sealed container to stop it from drying out. The fondant will last for approximately six days, if kept in the refrigerator.

Unfortunately in a world of allergies and law suits, children are usually not allowed to bring birthday cake for the class anymore.  However, the tradition of the birthday party is alive and well, and what could be more festive than biting the head off an edible Spongebob Squarepants and making a wish?

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