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Pretty as a Present Cake

Making a fondant bow is an easy technique to learn. Strips of fondant are folded into loops and allowed to dry. Later you assemble the loops into a bow right on your cake top.
Makes: 20 Servings
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Step 1

Prepare 2-layer cake for rolled fondant by lightly icing with buttercream.

Step 2

Cover cake with pink fondant, smooth, trim off excess fondant and reserve.

Step 3

Divide cake into 8ths.

Step 4

Roll out white fondant, cut eight 1/2 in. wide x 8 in. long strips.

Step 5

Imprint dots on edges and zigzags on center of strips using wavy and ridged wheels of Cutter/Embosser.

Step 6

Attach strips to cake at division marks with damp brush.

Step 7

Cut flowers using smallest Cut-Out. Attach to cake with damp brush.

Step 8

Using reserved pink fondant, roll tiny dots of fondant and attach to flower centers with damp brush.

Step 9

Cut six 6 in. long x 1 in. wide strips and one 3 1/2 in. long x 1 in. wide strip from white fondant. Repeat imprinting process.

Step 10

Fold 6 in. lengths in half to form loops. Roll the 3 1/2 in. length into a circle for center loop.

Step 11

Lightly brush all loops ends with water to secure.

Step 12

Let loops dry on their sides on cornstarch-dusted surface.

Step 13

Attach loops and center to cake with damp brush.

Step 14

Roll 3/4 in. diameter balls of white fondant and attach to bottom border with damp brush.

*This cake looks pretty in any pastel color-pink, blue, yellow, or green! Choose the color to match your celebration.

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8 x 2 in. Round Pan

8 x 2 in. Round Pan

Cake Board

Cake Board

Fanci-Foil Wrap

Fanci-Foil Wrap

Tissue paper

Tissue paper

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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Pretty as a Present Cake is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from my favorite time saving tip is to just pipe buttercream balls at the base of the cake instead of rolling out fondant balls. It still looks beautiful and I can never get the fondant balls to look exactly uniform. Plus, if you're like me then you've probably been working with piping bags longer than fondant so it just comes easier and faster to just pipe those babies on!
Date published: 2011-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My cake was a show piece , very dainty and beautiful, the instructions are very simple and very easy to follow. Tip for this design is it's best to prepare the ribbon, flowers and dots or pearls a head of time to allow them to dry and makes finishing fun to put together. Thank you for the idea.
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This cake was pretty interesting to do..... I never actually used fondant before so this was an experience. But it turned out good. I realized fondant makes everything seem much neater..... and truthfully i usually make a big mess when i'm using a whole bunch of frosting and icing.
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is an adorable cake and the color can be changed for any occasion, it could even be a birthday cake or any other time of year where presents are given. The simplicity of this cake does not make it any less beautiful
Date published: 2011-05-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from this cake was pretty easy to make the bow takes some time to do to make sure it doesn't colapse. stick some tissue between the bows so they stay put and take your time it will come out better if u do.
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from love this cake. I made this cake while taking a Wilton class. I loved the class as much as the cake it was simple and there are so many different ways to decorate this cake.
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was very satisfied with the way the cake turned out. The Baby Shower attendants loved it. I was very proud of myself. It was certainly fun to make.
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this cake for a wedding shower. The cake turned out great, my only advice is to make sure the bows are good and dry; if not they tended to sag.
Date published: 2011-05-13
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