Fondant Bow

Decorating By LillyCakes Updated 19 Oct 2010 , 4:26pm by DeezTreatz

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LillyCakes Posted 18 Oct 2010 , 5:44pm
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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

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DianeLM Posted 18 Oct 2010 , 10:22pm
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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.

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LillyCakes Posted 19 Oct 2010 , 1:28pm
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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.

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CakesbyCarla Posted 19 Oct 2010 , 2:57pm
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@ 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. icon_biggrin.gif

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DianeLM Posted 19 Oct 2010 , 4:12pm
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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. icon_smile.gif

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cakeville82 Posted 19 Oct 2010 , 4:21pm
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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.

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DeezTreatz Posted 19 Oct 2010 , 4:26pm
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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!

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