I've made a few bows out of fondant and always lose a few loops to breaking during assembly (luckily I've never lost more than the extras I made). I've used Wilton for my bows because the MMF recipe from this site doesn't seem to dry firmly when I use it. I've noticed that some people make their bows out of fondant, some out of gumpaste, and others use a mix. I like the fact that the bow can be eaten when its fondant (yes, my kids actually even enjoy the Wilton fondant), but would like a sturdier bow.
I have to make a bow tonight to use on a cake this weekend. Is it better to use gumpaste, fondant or a mixture of both? How long should I leave it to dry before assembly? Thanks so much.
Fondant needs several days to dry - like 4 or 5 in my experience, to be thoroughly dry. Gumpaste can be ready in hours. Since it's already Thursday, I think I'd suggest a 50/50 mix of gumpaste and fondant.
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I didn't realize fondant needed 4-5 days to dry, I've only been giving it 1-2 days, I guess that explains my problems with cracking.
I too use a 50/50 mix of fondant and gumpaste and give my bow loops a good week to dry.