In this post, I am going to share with you the techniques of making a fondant loop bow the easy, foolproof way.
Here is how you make the bow:
Things needed for the Loop Bow:
Fondant in your choice of colors. Here, I used purple and dark brown fondant.
Royal icing in purple
A round container (the diameter of the container will determine the diameter of your finished fondant bow, so choose a container that will best suit your needs. Also choose a container that is at least three quarters the height of your fondant bow – this important because the container actually helps to keep the fondant loops in place (and not slide off) while waiting for the icing that will be holding the loops together sets )
A plastic sheet
Some warm boiled water and a brush
Roll out fondant and cut thin strips. Now, I am not specifying the length of the strips here but a general rule of thumb is to follow the diameter of the round container I mentioned above.
Take each fondant strip, dampen the ends with a damp brush.
Join both ends of the strip to form a loop as shown.
Continue making the loops until you have quite a number of them. Its always better to make some extras to give allowance for breakages.
If you are using more than one color for your bow, repeat the steps above until you have enough loops. Leave the loops overnight to set.
Once set, take your container. Line it with a plastic sheet. Make sure the plastic sheet is larger than the container.
Pipe a reasonable sized dot of royal icing in the middle of the container.
Take four of the purple loops and arrange them in a cross pattern in the container. Make sure each strip touches the royal icing piped earlier. Then pipe some more royal icing in the middle and arrange another four loops in between the earlier loops.
Next, pipe another small dallop of icing in the middle.
This time arrange four brown loops as shown below.
Follow up with another round of 4 purple loops in between the brown ones.
Repeat the process until you have a nice round arrangement of the loops. Alternate the different colors loops evenly thoughout the bow.
Leave the fondant loop bow in the container for a few hours or until the royal icing sets and hardens. Once set, carefully lift the plastic sheet out of the container. You may want to do this step very carefully to avoid the loops from breaking. Gently peel of the plastic sheet from underneath the loop bow.
Before you place the bow on your cake, pipe some icing on the cake and then place the bow to secure it on the cake.
Here is how the completed fondant loop bow looks on a finished cake.
Ribbon cutter and embosser This easy-to-use tool is the perfect way to add beautiful textured fondant ribbons, stripes and bows to your cake. Just choose the cutting and embossing wheel designs you want, slide the washer, core, wheels and spacers on the roller handle, and roll on top of your fondant. Produces ribbon widths from 1/4 in. to 3 3/4 in. when combining spacers
Water Brush An easy way to apply water for attaching fondant and gum paste decorations to fondant-covered cakes
Ready to use fondant
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