Fondant Burlap Bow Tutorial by Joshua John Russell

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Joshua John Russell is known for his innovative creations, and here he shares his instructions for making a burlap textured fondant bow. Perfect for adding a rustic touch of countryside charm to any cake design, this bow is just a sneak peek at one of the many unique designs Joshua’s classes offer.

From the Fashion Caker, Joshua John Russell:

Recently a friend of mine asked if I would create a cake for a baby shower to welcome a sweet little baby boy named Hudson.  Great name!  The best part was that the baby shower was to be super chic and adult.  And by that I mean….no diaper games! Ha.

Burlap it is!  And oddly enough, I came across [a] burlap bow tie in my fashion research, some time ago, and fell in love!!  I knew at some point I would be making this out of sugar.  This cake is the perfect opportunity!

The only way I could think to get a good textured look though was to pipe!  Sounds like a ton of piping.  Actually it wasn’t so bad.

Tools and Materials

Fondant, antique white
Cocoa powder
Piping bag
Piping tip, round #2
Tylose powder
Brown royal icing

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First I had to make my burlap colors. I decided to use antique white Fondarific and tint it using cocoa powder.  I like to use cocoa when making brown colors because the less food coloring I can use, the better.

Once I had my color, I added some tylose to a bit to make the bow.  This way the bow will dry firm and it will keep it’s shape.

I have shown the bow process before in my Cake Spade post.  This time however, I made the two pieces separately because I wanted the loops to point straight out and look like a bow tie.

After the pieces were cut and allowed to set for a bit (about an hour), I used a number 2 tip and some brown royal to pipe a basket weave design.

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I started with a single line down the side.

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Then I piped small lines across.
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 Then another line down.
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And alternating lines across….and so on and so forth until the whole thing was covered.

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That little nugget above the big one was the practice bow.  It kind of looks like Shredded Wheat Cereal!

Now I let the bow dry over night.

[Repeat the piping on the ribbon around the cake.]

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