Gift Cake and Fondant Bows

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.

Fondant Bows
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.

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