Fondant loop bow on a cake may look daunting to make, but really is not that bad. In fact, if you know the right techniques, this bow is quite easy to make.
And as you can see in the image below, I used two different colors for the bow and the width of these two fondant ribbons also vary, with the purple ones (I intended to make the bow purple and brown but somehow the colors doesn't quite look purple here. I guess its the lighting and my image editing skills!) being slightly wider than the brown ones.
How to Make Fondant Loop Bow
These are the main supplies required for the fondant loop bow:
Fondant in your choice of colors. Here, I used my homemade fondant and tinted it purple and dark brown. My homemade fondant dries hard and stable and therefore does not require any CMC to help it harden better. If you intend to use store bought fondant, you will need to knead some gum tex or CMC powder into it. You can also mix fondant and gumpaste (1:1 ratio) or use gumpaste entirely. The choice is yours.
A round container (the diameter of the container will determine the diameter of your finished fondant bow, so choose a container size that will match the size of your top tier cake. 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 the royal icing that holds the loops together sets and hardens )
A plastic sheet
Some warm boiled water and a brush
And this is how I assembled the fondant loop bow:
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 dollop 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 throughout 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.
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