JoesPastry.com has a nice blog with detailed instructions on poured fondant and petits fours.
Bakerella.com has the basic recipe but I don't like mine being too sweet so instead of using a can of frosting, I use a little bit of simple syrup and cream cheese...just something to give it a little bit of added flavor and a little moisture to help the cake stick together.
chocolate ganache, let it set for about an hour then used a warm ball tool (just rub the tool against a hot, moist towel for a few seconds to warm it up), and created various swirls around the cake.
As for the little details: Painted the ribbon with white gel color thinned out with almond extract, piped out her name to match the Alice in Wonderland font with royal icing, and used skewer sticks to hold all the other little decorations. For the tag, I dusted it with an assortment of colors (moss green, sunflower yellow, gold, lavender) to get it to look aged, poked a hole in the corner, let it dry overnight then thread it through one of the skewers. All the little trinkets at the end of the skewers including the feather were made in fondant and painted with various colors and gold dust.
Allison was so excited and absolutely loved her cakes. The Mad Hatter Hat Cake is one of my all time favorites....I would love to do this one again.
Update: Had the wonderful opportunity to make this cake again for her best friend, see Mad Hatter Cake #2
|Link to another: Mad Hatter Cake #2|
|and another: Mad Hatter Cake #3|