This Great Cake Contest entry was submitted by michellesauer from Gahanna, Ohio: Round cake made to look like a disco ball using fondant tiles.
Disco Ball Directions Cut fondant squares from whatever left over fondant you have. Better to use all the same color if you have it. Allow to dry for about 2 days prior to assembly of cake on cornstarch dusted surface. I never counted, but my guess would be 300 pcs. (which would include some extra for breakage). I used the smallest cutter from a square cutter set that I found at Michael's Craft store (in the clay dept since it is cheaper than the cake deco dept.) Bake and cool the sports ball cake and follow directions on assembly from box. Do final coat of icing and smooth. Place a dowel in cake for support- and so it won't roll away!
After icing is set, cut a circle from fresh fondant and attach to top of cake. I attach all my fondant decos with a small paint brush and a small dab of vodka because it dries quickly and leaves no taste behind. Dust cornstarch off squares with a fluffy paintbrush. Start attaching at the base of the cake and work to the half way point in a straight column. Start at base again to do next column and so on around the cake. The second half of the cake it a bit trickier as you reach the top. The bottom of the cake is okay if everything doesn't line up as well because you don't see that as much.
If you look at my photo you can see how you have to snip some of the pieces with sharp scissors to make them work. I actually wasn't paying attention and took my picture of the worst side of my cake. I allowed the cake to dry/set overnight before I painted it as I wanted to make sure everything was going to stay put I airbrushed the cake with silver luster dust."