Saturday, July 23, 2011

Loopy Ribbon Tutorial

I’ve decided that July and September are the birthday months.  A lot of people I know or make cakes for have birthdays in these 2 months.  I shared the cake I made for my dad’s birthday with you the other day, and today I’d like to show you a fun how-to that goes along with the cake that I made this weekend.

It’s a fun, easy way to make your cake look festive! Bows? Half flowers? David says they’re ribbons. (What do ya think? Y’all help decide what to call these once you see them.)  Anyway, whatever we decide to call them, let’s get started.

Loopy Ribbon Tutorial

  • Start off by kneading together half fondant and half gum paste in the desired color until pliable.  I like to mix the two so that it dries faster and holds its shape better than using just straight fondant.
  • Roll the fondant out thinly.  (about ⅛ inch)
  • Use a ribbon cutter or knife to cut ½ inch strips
  • Measure and cut 5 five inch strips and 5 three inch strips
  • Place 1 three inch strip to the side and cover the rest of the strips with cling wrap to keep from drying out.
  • Put a little water on one end of the strip to make it sticky
  • Then loop it over and pinch the ends together.
  • Put a little water on both ends of the five inch strip
  • Loop the five inch strip over the small loop by lining the ends up and pinch them together.
  • Continue on until all the loops are finished.
  • Wet one side of a loop and press another loop’s end to join them.
  • Continue attaching the loops until they are all together.
  • To make the center, roll out your color of choice (⅛ to ¼ inch thick)
  • Cut out a small circle (I used a large piping tip)
  • Put a little water on the back and place onto the ribbons where they all meet.
  • Leave the ribbons flat to dry so the loops hold their shape before standing them up to decorate your cake.

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