I'm a beginner at doing cakes, and I've been practising making sugarpaste bows. I did one which was quite good, but it had cracked on the bend. How do you stop it from cracking!?
if you use too much powdered sugar it cracks, try putting some vegatable oil on your hand when kneading the fondant. if you make them out of flower paste it helps too
You might have taken too long to pleat and bend. If you let it lay flat for too long (minutes) then it will start to dry out and crack when you bend or move it.
There could be two things. You do have to work quickly with the fondant/gumpaste because it will start to dry out and crack. You also have to support your loops in some way while they dry. You can do the loops over a dowel rod, or you can lay them on their sides. If you start to assemble the bow before the looks are dry, you need to put something in the middle of the looks like paper towels or tissue paper, to help prop them open while they continue to dry.
Thank you so much for the replies I will give them another go