Ugh! Fondant Bow

Decorating By maddiseeyore Updated 26 Apr 2009 , 12:02am by SharonK1973

maddiseeyore Posted 25 Apr 2009 , 12:33pm
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I'm wondering how the 'bleep' to make a fondant bow that is to sit on the side of a cake (sitting on the bottom tier) without it going all floppy? I have made the bows before but they were always sitting on the top of a cake. I use the tutorial here on cc, putting plastic wrap in the loops, etc. and they work great. But I had a heck of a time trying to do one on the side of the cake. I couldn't let it dry first as it needed to kind of mold to the side of the cake; however, by putting it on fresh it was so floppy that it really looked like it could use a dose of Viagra! I ended up mixing the fondanat with half gumpaste and had better luck, but now it is a rock hard bow (oh well). Is there a trick to doing one on the side of a cake in all fondant?! I'd sure like to have this figured out before the next cake; it was not a fun experience at midnight last night after working all day! icon_cry.gif Anyone have any tricks for me?!

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Loucinda Posted 25 Apr 2009 , 1:19pm
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I use a set of cake dummies to put the bow on to dry. That way it is drying the shape that it needs to be - when the cake is ready I just transfer the bow from the dummy to the real cake. (hope that makes sense)

Win Posted 25 Apr 2009 , 1:33pm
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Do you want it all fondant so that it is edible? Otherwise, your final solution was really the best solution overall. I always combine fondant and gumpaste for a bow that never fails to flop. icon_lol.gif Loucinda does what I do which is form her bows on the side of a cake dummy. If you don't have a dummy, use a coffee can, or something that is within the same diameter of the cake dimensions to dry your bow.

lalaine Posted 25 Apr 2009 , 3:08pm
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use the cake pan that you baked the cake in as a dummy to set the bow up against while it dries.

weirkd Posted 25 Apr 2009 , 3:22pm
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Usually the dummy trick works for me also. But I know what your saying. Sometimes trying to get it there is a pain in the tookus and end up breaking it while trying to get the sucker to stick!
I plan on getting Sharon aka Sugarshacks new video Boxes and Bows. Her dvds are always informative, even with things that I thought I already knew!

maddiseeyore Posted 25 Apr 2009 , 6:20pm
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Thanks for all the hints everyone! I will try the dummy and cake pan ideas next time. I don't know why I didn't think of that, it makes perfect sense!

SharonK1973 Posted 26 Apr 2009 , 12:02am
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....or... you could make the loops individually wired and then bunch them together like a bunch of flowers and then you can adjust them on the side of the cake the way you would do a bunch of flowers. insert the bunch of wire into the cake in a straw so the floral tape or wire doesn't touch the cake.

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