I'm an American cake decorator and photography enthusiast, living in Japan. I like to bake things and go places and take lots of pictures.
I’d never tried molding fondant before I made this cake. I followed the tips in this tutorial and found them wholly insufficient. Maybe it’s because I was using silicone icecube trays as opposed to molds made specifically for fondant/gumpaste, but I found that simply kneading extra sugar into the fondant was not enough - I needed to generously dust the mold with powdered sugar, and straight-up roll the fondant in a pile of sugar before pressing it in. Freezing it in the mold DOES help quite a lot, although the pieces do get VERY sticky from condensation for a while between unmolding and drying out.
By far the hardest part was sculpting the hair/hats/headpieces. Those f***ers are tiny.