this is my first instructable, so it will be some what bad.
Step 1: Get the Ingredients!
2, white cake mix
1, bag of powder suger
1, bottle of oil
red and blue food coloring
1, bag of marshmallows
1, thing of crisco
Step 2: Non-food Items
1, cookie sheet or clean surface
1, roll of foil
1, roll of plastic wrap
cookie cutters in shapes to match flag
microwave or small crockpot
Step 3: Make the Fondant
for this you will need the marshmallows, crisco, cookie sheet, powdered suger, a bit of water , a rubber spatula and crock pot (if you want you can use a microwave).
1st prep sheet: smother cookie sheet (or clean surface) with crisco, after you have done this cut open the powdered suger and dump about half onto crisco surface.
2nd melt the mallows: this is going to take a bit, put the marshmallows into crockpot sprinkle half a table spoon of water and wait, stir often, once the mallows have melted to the point where they look like that marshmallown cream pour it onto the crisco surface.
3rd the need to knead: now time to get dirty, first grease you hands in crisco and don't go light (really cover every inch of your hand with it) onc your hands are covered you need to start kneading it like dough (pour in powdered suger as kneaded).
4th it is a wrap: now the fondant should be like dough this is good, form it in to a ball rub crisco on it, warp it in plastic and refrigerate so it will harden.
Step 4: Bake a Cake
1st easy as cake: make cake mix as box says, but be sure to put some mix of to the side.
2nd the primary colors are: split batter in to the bowls and color as needed (keep a lot of white it will help you if you estimated wrong)
3rd my plans are foiled: using foil make a makeshift shaped pan so you can make the crest or entire flag whatever is easiest, after pouring the batter remove the foil.
4th nice and toasty: put in the oven, set timer and bake, now you can take a break or start preparing the fondant into the shapes you need.
Step 5: Put Fondant On
1st smash it: ok don't really smash it but flatten it with a rolling pin that has been greased (use wax paper so it is not a mess to clean and it also makes it easy to lay).
2nd just put it on like a band-aid: now be careful to avoid messing up (if you mess it up a bit get your fingers wet and fix it.