One of the things I love about being home now is making birthday cakes for my family members! Who doesn’t like getting a special birthday cake? This past weekend we celebrated my Aunt’s birthday. Her house is the ‘gathering house’ for family functions so I wanted to make her something special since she is always opening her home to everyone. I thought cake to look like a present would be so cute! Now that I look at it, I wish I cut the cake to have hard edges like a box, but oh well. The bow was the only thing that took a little time. I read a bunch of tutorials, and my fondant could never stand up straight, I think I’ll try gum paste next time I want something that can stand on it’s own. Overall, I’m really please with this! I made a rich chocolate frosting for underneath, and just a plain yellow Betty Crocker cake mix.
1. Cut two rectangular sections of fondant about 4″ long and 2″ tall. Fold both pieces end to end and pinch together, use a tad bit of water to make fondant stick to each other. Crimp pieces together until folds form to resemble bow material. (I had to do this several times before I was satisfied.
2. Cut a smaller piece of fondant, about the size of a postage stamp. Wrap around the crimped centered of the bow, adhere to cake with some water.
Note: You can also make bows by wrapping the fondant around something cylinder shaped, however since my fondant didn’t want to stand on its own having a complete rounded shape didn’t really matter. Take a look here for the demonstration.