For bosses day I did a zebra print cake with a bow on top. The bow would not stop falling for some reason. I used Rhonda's MMF (which by the way is great!!!!). My reason is because it was too thick and should have been thinner. Would you please give me your suggestions? Thanks
Check out the instructions in my signature below. Using straight fondant and rolling it too thick are two of the primary reasons bows fail. I'm sorry that happened to you.
Thank you so much for giving me this information. I have another cake to do at the end of this month so I will be following your very detailed instructions.
@ DianeLM - By straight fondant I'm assuming you mean using just fondant and not mixing it with anything else?
Well, I am afraid I disagree with you. Now, I wouldn't do a bow w/ MMF. It doesn't dry as stiff as say, the Wilton brand (which is what I use for bow cakes).
I roll it out, per the instructions that come with the box of fondant (wilton has instructions for making a bow in their packages of fondant) about an 1/8 inch thick, cut it about 1/2 - 3/4 inches wide, form a loop, lay it on it's side (so it's a big ovalish shape) and let them dry for a few days.
I then assemble with royal icing and have a lovely bow that rides in the trunk of my little neon down a bumpy dirt road without any breakage.
CakesbyCarla, your cakes are so cute! I think it's awesome that you're able to make bows from straight fondant, nothing added.
But... I still wouldn't advise anyone to do it that way. I stated that straight fondant is one of the primary reasons bows fail. Not the only reason. Nor is failure guaranteed. A subtley that I guess wasn't clear in my original message. However, from years of reading these boards, it's a pretty common problem.
To me, it's kind of like saying you can survive a car ride without wearing a seat belt, but I'd never advise anyone to do it.
I use either fondant w/ tylose or gumpaste, either way you want to roll it thin( I use a 2 on the pasta roller).
Ribbon isn't thick it's thin and delicate ,maybe that's why yours don't completely fall flat Carla because you roll it so thick?
I let each piece dry at least over night and then assemble.
I like to use gumpaste glue so it dries clear and you don't see RI or chocolate in the center.
By not adding a strengthener like tylose or gumpaste you run the risk of humidity, heat or just movement damaging the bow.
To get your fondant bow to dry quicker and hold its shape you have to mix it half and half.
Half fondant (any type) and half gumpaste like Cakeville82 says above!