A smooth navy blue fondant cake is beautifully set off by a textured fondant flower bow and ribbon. Make both fondant accents with ready-to-use Wilton Pearls Fondant Ribbon for an amazing woven finish.
Make bow loops 1 day in advance. Use ruler, knife and pearl fondant ribbon to cut five strips, 4 in. long. Use knife to slightly taper edges of strips so that loops fit together better at center of bow.. Prepare thinned fondant adhesive following recipe directions. Use brush and thinned fondant adhesive to attach ends of strips together to form five loops. Place loops on cornstarch-dusted cake boards. Let loops dry on their sides 24 hours. Reserve remaining thinned fondant adhesive.
Make ribbon rose and base also 1 day in advance. Use a 10 in. strip of pearls fondant ribbon to make ribbon rose. Use brush and gold Pearl Dust edible accents/lemon extract mixture to paint edge of rose. Let dry 24 hours.
For ribbon rose base, use fondant roller with orange guide rings to roll out a 1/2 in. ball of white fondant 1/8 in. thick. Use knife to cut a white fondant circle, 1 1/2 in. dia. Place circle on cornstarch-dusted cake board. Let dry 24 hours. Reserve remaining white fondant.
Make layered cake. Prepare batter following recipe directions. Bake and cool two 8 in. cake layers. Prepare buttercream icing following recipe directions. Level, fill and stack cakes on cake circle for 2-layer cake, 5 in. high. Place cake on cake pedestal. Use spatula and icing to ice cakes lightly.
Cover cake with fondant. Reserve a 3/4 in. ball of white fondant. Tint 36 oz. fondant navy blue. Use fondant roller with orange guide rings to roll out navy blue fondant 1/8 in. thick. Cover cake with navy blue fondant.
Cut one strip of pearls fondant ribbon, 26 in. long. Use damp brush to attach strip around bottom of cake. Trim as needed.
Assemble bow. Use brush and thinned fondant adhesive to attach loops to fondant circle. Use brush and thinned fondant adhesive to attach bow to cake and ribbon rose to center of bow. Roll a white fondant ball, 1/2 in. dia. and attach to support bow if needed.
A timeless and versatile technique, the ribbon rose can elevate the look of any cake or treat. Ribbon roses can be made in many sizes for variation. They can be used as simple cake decorations and also to dress up cupcakes.