Tint 1 1/2 pks. of fondant rose and a 1 in. ball of fondant green; reserve remaining white.
Follow instructions in flower cutter set to make 1 large full-bloom rose and 3 small roses, all on toothpicks instead of wires.
Using leaf cutter from set, make 8 to 10 green leaves, let dry on flower formers.
When dry, grate chalk through tea strainer and brush on leaves.
To make bows, roll out rose fondant 1/8 in. thick; cut 10-12 strips 1 in. x 3 in., reserving excess fondant. Fold strips in half and pinch ends together. Set on edge in cornstarch to dry.
When dry, trim ends and press two loops together to form bow. Roll out rose fondant 1/8 in. thick and cut 1/2 in. wide strips for streamers and center knot. Attach knot strip around bow with water. Set aside**.
Prepare 6 in. and 10 in. cakes for
stacked construction. Prepare cakes for rolled fondant by lightly icing with buttercream.
Cover 10 in. cake with 1 1/2 pks. of white fondant and 6 in. cake with rose fondant. Smooth with Easy-Glide Smoother. Cover 10 in. cake with tip 1 cornelli lace. Pipe tip 4 bead bottom border on both tiers.
Position streamers, then bows on 10 in. cake; insert numbers on top tier. Attach roses and leaves with icing.
**Store in a dark place before reception to avoid fading.
The random lacy design of this free-form technique depends on the continuous curving lines that do not overlap or touch. Can be used in a small design area or on an entire cake surface. Good for wedding, anniversary and other formal event cakes, but lends itself to more casual themes, as well.
To create a variety of curved shapes, use both sides of Flower Formers to dry leaves. You can also add a colorful flair to leaves by brushing them with a mix of clear vanilla and icing color or use pearl dust and brush color onto leaves.
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I made this cake as a 2 tiered wedding cake, in the colors of the picture. It was very beautiful, and super simple. The fondant tier is one of the hardest (I only covered the top tier)-to make it smooth, but if you've worked with fondant before, it shouldn't be too difficult. The kids at the wedding loved the bows-they said it tasted like bubble gum ; ) Practice the cornelli lace on a piece of paper first-sometimes I overthought it instead of just letting the frosting do the work.