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Curly Bow Cake


Place this meant-to-impress parcel center stage at baby showers, birthday parties and springtime buffets. Wrap a white-fondant-covered cake in colorful fondant ribbons and bows shaped with our Ribbon Cutter and Embosser Set.
Makes: Cake serves 20.
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Step 1

In advance: Make 2 bow loops each in pastel pink, blue, green and yellow and 1 center loop in green (add 1/2 teaspoon of Gum-Tex to each color) for fondant bow.
 
Roll out fondant 1/8 in. thick and cut the following loop strips using using zigzag cutting wheels and 1/2 in. spacers from Ribbon Cutter/Embosser set (you can use 3 wheels and 2 spacers to cut 2 strips at once).
 
Cut 1 green center loop, 4 1/2 in. long and the remaining strips 6 1/2 in. long.
 
Shape center and loops, supporting with crushed tissue and let dry. Reserve remaining fondant.

To make curliques: Roll out fondant 1/16 in. thick on Roll & Cut Mat lightly dusted with cornstarch. Cut into thin strips.

Loosely wrap strips several times around a dowel rod to form curls. Let set 5 to 10 minutes. Slide curl off dowel rod and let dry. Attach to cake with damp brush.

Step 2

Prepare 2-layer round cake by icing lightly with buttercream. Cover cake with 24 oz. white fondant; smooth with Easy-Glide Smoother. Position on cake base.

Step 3

Using Cake Dividing Set, divide cake in 8ths.

Roll out reserved pink, blue, green and yellow fondant 1/8 in. thick and cut 2 ribbon strips in each color, 8 in. long, using Ribbon Cutter/ Embosser wheels as for loops.

Brush backs with water and attach at each cake division; trim excess. Trim off corners of bow loop ends to form an outward "V" shape.

Attach ends where ribbon strips meet with thinned fondant. Attach center loop and curliques with thinned fondant.

Step 4

Roll out 1/4 in. diameter balls of white fondant. Attach to bow loops and ribbon strips, 1/2 in. apart, with damp brush.

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8 x 2 in. Round Pan

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You know how much flair curling ribbon adds to a package. Here's the easy way to make fondant curls. Curliques also are great used for hair, tails and confetti streamers.

Nothing says "celebrate" like a cake topped with a lush fondant bow. While the bow looks intricate, it's really just a grouping of fondant strips, folded, wrapped and arranged to create a full effect. When you cut strips with the Fondant Ribbon Cutter/ Embosser, you can create bows with stripes or beaded edge embossed designs. Or place fondant on Imprint Mat and roll over one time to imprint design.

Quick tip on how to attach your fondant accents to your fondant covered cake.

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Curly Bow Cake is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 18.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This cake was my first adventure in decorating with fondant since finishing the Wilton Method - course 3 (which I totally recommend taking!). Using the instructions for this cake provided on the website, it was easy to follow and my cake came out looking fabulous! I used the colors of East Carolina University (Purple & Gold) to decorate this cake for my son's girlfriend birthday and it's gotten rave reviews! My Wilton instructor and this website has inspired me to want to learn and do more.
Date published: 2010-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was my first time playing with fondant. I use white and colored it pink. It was fun to cut the ribbons and bows and place them on the cake. With the instructions given it made me feel that I had a good chance of completing this cake with ease. It was my daughter's birthday cake and everyone at the party had great compliments on how well it looked. I took pictures of it for my scrap book. I will be making the graduation cake at the end of this month for my grandson, I can't wait.
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This is one of the advantages of fondat! You can do almost everything, this was one of the first techniques I used while learning how to use fondant, and it worked just right. The curlies are not as difficult as they seemed, I remember looking at the picture and imagining i could never do thta or how did they did that, but once you learn it's pretty easy. And it looks awesome!
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I have been looking for ideas on how to make my bows POP. I am loving the curly q's on this cake in particulat. Looks fairly easy so I am going to take a staba at it to see how the cake turns out with these cute curls. Never thought about much detail on the bows either. Thanks Wilton for posting this pic.
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We did this cake in my Wilton class and it was a huge success. I gave it to a friend for her child's elementary school party. It was absolutely beautiful, easy to make and I was very proud to give it to my friend. Her son was very excited to take the cake to school.
Date published: 2010-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from DESDE QUE INICIE A TRABAJAR SUS TECNICAS DE TRABAJO, HACE UN AÑO, ME HA FASCINADO EL TRABAJO CON FONDANT, POR SU FLEXIBILIDAD, Y Y LAS MIL Y UNA FORMA DE TRABAJOS QUE SE PUEDEN REALIZAR CON EL , ES FANTASTICO GRACIAS
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made this cake as the final project of my Fondant and Gumpaste class. I put the curliques on the cake before they dried completely so they would curve on the cake instead of stick strait out.
Date published: 2010-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE CURLY BOW CAKE, IS VERY DIFFIDICULT, BECOUSE, I'LL WILL MAKE THE CURLY WITH ROLLED FONDANT, AND WAITH, THE MADE, OR DRIED, SOME HOURS BEFORE
Date published: 2010-11-30
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