You’ll want to start by melting some white chocolate. If you have candy coloring on hand, you can color the chocolate to match your fondant, but if not, the white shouldn’t show up after all the loops are there. Ignore the fact that mine was orange – I already had it on hand so I figured I’d use it up instead of waste it.
I used a squirt bottle to put a circle of white chocolate on my dried circle. You could also just do this with a spoon, then just spread it around. Don’t skimp on the white chocolate, you’ll want to have enough for your first set of loops to stick to!
After this, you’ll want to start by adding 6 of the flat-bottom loops in a circle (shown in part one).
I won’t include a lot of dialogue here, but you can see the step-by-step…
Now that all of those loops are set, you’ll want to take a ball of leftover gum paste (or fondant) that is colored to match your bow, and wet it.
I stick mine directly under running water and squish it around until it’s good and sticky. It should be about 2″ in diameter (I don’t know how else to tell you the size).
It should look like this:
Next you’ll take the non-flat bottom loops and start sticking them into the wet fondant. This second layer will get 5 loops. Don’t worry if there are a few spaces here and there – that’s where you can stick the tails (or even an extra loop if you want to at the end).
After each loop, you’ll want to squish it all back together tight. Do this each time so it doesn’t start to spread out on you…
Again.. not a lot of dialogue, but here are a few step-by-step (loop-by-loop) pictures!
See how I turned that last one up on it’s side a little? You can do that too! Or you can alternate them laying down and on their sides to give the bow a little more random look!
After you’ve got 5 loops added, it’s time to do the top center loop. Do it the same way, just push it into the wet fondant…
Lastly, add your tails. If you remember from part one, I forgot to pinch the ends of my tails, but if you’ve done that, it’ll be really easy to push them into any empty spaces on your bow…
Then squish it all together tight again…
Now you’re done! You’ll want this to sit awhile and and let that soft squishy ball in the middle dry/harden up. Again, I prefer overnight, but if you don’t have that sort of time, just be careful applying it to your cake and it should be fine!
By the way, to attach this to a fondant covered cake, I really like to use royal icing, but you could also just use water or sugar glue (talked about in part one). If it’s a buttercream covered cake, you’ll definitely want to use royal icing.
As soon as my cake is delivered this weekend, I’ll post pictures of the final cake!
This is perfect as a topper for a 6″ round cake or to center on a larger round or square cake. You can see how I used this bow on a wedding cake here and here (the two colored bow is a little more complicated) or this gender reveal baby shower cake here (I think I used 1-1.25″ wide ribbons for this one)…
You can experiment with different length and width ribbons to get your bows to look different, but this is the bow I make most often!
Oh.. and for this cake…. they were having a GIRL!!!
Do you have any questions about this tutorial? Please leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer and help out!