Saturday, November 13, 2010

Fondant Ribbon-Monkey Cake

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Recently I had the opportunity to make a baby shower cake for a friend's daughter's shower.  Not just any cake, but a 3 layer fondant cake.  I was very excited to take this one on.  I love fondant work.  Now I know I am not "The Boss" or a "Pro" but can do a pretty nice job! I was pretty excited to sculpt the little monkey for the top of the cake to match the baby's bedding.

Today I wanted to share a few quick tips on making the chocolate fondant ribbon bow that wraps the top layer of the cake and drapes down the front.  Perhaps in later post, a series of  'how to' will come on the rest of the cake.  

Fondant is a sugar clay; mold able & pliable.  You can buy pre-made fondant in craft stores, white or pre colored or you can make your own with marshmallow.  Now, I am not that fond of the making & mixing part of cake decor... I luv the creative decor part, so I buy my fondant.

So, first things first.  I roll a hunk of fondant into a thick snake.  Much like we did as kids in art class, playing with clay.

(personal note: I do realize what the snake of chocolate clay resembles so please forgive me.  This was the color choice of the customer - so bear with me!)

Gently roll the fondant snake flat into a long ribbon like piece.  About 1/8th of an inch thick.  Not too thin that you cannot work with it and pick it up. Trim the side edges with a sharp knife or pizza cutter for a straight edge.

Wrap this around the joint of the top and middle cake as shown.  I like a free flowing 'wrinkled' appearance on my ribbons.

To make all the remaining pieces of the ribbon you will need to make the snakes and roll them flat.

Next, take 2 trimmed flat fondant pieces cut to about the same length and fold them into a circular shape, pinching the edges together to form the bow of the ribbon as shown.

wrap a shorter piece to cover the joining of the 2 bows to resemble a knot.
Allow these to sit and air dry to the side while you make the rest of the ribbon.

Continue making 2 more very long strips.  These will be the tail of the ribbons.
Attach these to the cake with a bit of water or cake icing for your glue. 
Allow them to roll and fold down the cake, gently draping the edges.
(& covering and mistakes you may have made in icing!)
NOT that I would have make any! Ha Ha.

Last you will want to attach the completed bow that has had some time to firm up.  Gently 'glue' the bow onto the overlapping of all of your tails like so...

Place cake back into the fridge to cool for PARTY TIME!


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