Fondant creates an extremely polished, professional look to cakes, but simple fondant creations, such as this gift bow, are not particularly difficult to master, even for the beginner. Here are the steps to creating lovely individual fondant bow cakes for a bridal shower, baby shower, birthday party, or other special occasion.
Supplies: The supplies you will need to make the fondant bow individual cakes are:
One cake mix and ingredients to make the mix
Buttercream Icing (www.wilton.com has a great recipe. Canned frosting will not work well. You can, however, purchase Wilton Decorator’s Icing in a can to save time.)
Fondant (One box of Wilton brand fondant will be sufficient.)
Small disposable plates for serving
Cake leveler or sharp serrated knife
Icing color (if desired)
One decorating bag and star tip (if desired)
Procedure: Making the fondant bow individual cakes does take several steps, but you will look like a pro when you reveal your finished product. Here are the steps:
1. Prepare the cake mix according to package directions for cupcakes. Make your cupcakes in a muffin tin WITHOUT paper liners. Be sure to grease your tin very carefully. Remove the baked cupcakes and allow to cool.
2. In the meantime, knead your fondant and roll it out to an even ¼ inch thickness. Using a paring knife, slice thin strips that are about 2 ½ inches long and about ½ an inch wide. You will need about 10 strips for each cake. You may need to roll out your fondant several times to get enough strips. Once you have as many strips as you need, fold each strip over on itself and seal together with a small amount of water, leaving a loop. Lay the loops up their sides to dry (so they do not droop).
3. Once your cupcakes have cooled thoroughly, you need to level the tops. This is easily done with a cake leveler, or you may use a sharp serrated knife. You will lose quite a bit of cake here but it is important to have a level surface. You can save the scraps for a punch bowl cake or other dessert. Once you have leveled your cakes, you will be decorating them top sides down.
4. Place each cupcake upside down on your serving plates. Use strips of waxed paper to put slightly underneath the edges of the cakes so that after you ice them, you can remove the waxed paper, revealing a clean serving surface.
5. Ice your cupcakes using the icing spreader. Try to get the surface somewhat even, but remember that your fondant bow will cover the entire top of the cake. After icing, remove the waxed paper strips.
6. If desired, use your decorating bag affixed with a star tip to pipe a simple star border around the bottom of the cakes to create a nice, clean edge.
7. Once your fondant strips have dried completely you may assemble your bows on the cakes. Carefully place five strips with the folded edges inward on your cupcake, adhering with additional buttercream icing. Next, add the second row of bow loops, placing them in the open spaces above the first row. Finally finish off with your final loops, which will be almost standing straight up from the middle of the cupcake. Again, use buttercream icing as your “glue” to paste the pieces to the cupcake. Use your hands to press the bow loops together and carefully arrange them to look as much like a real gift bow as possible.
After following these steps, you will have created your very own individual fondant bow cakes! These cakes are a beautiful addition to baby and bridal showers. Or they make a super cute and elegant traditional birthday cake replacement. Fondant is not particularly tasty, so you may ask your guests to remove the fondant bows before digging in. With a little time and some patience, you will be able to serve your guests these gorgeous individual fondant bow cakes at your next party.