How to Make Fondant Ribbon Roses & Leaves

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How to Make Fondant Ribbon Roses & Leaves
Making your own fondant roses and leaves is a lot easier than it looks. (cake image by cherie from

Some wedding cakes and other special occasion are made with a special icing called fondant. This type of icing is thick and very pliable, making it easy to form the icing in a number of shapes. Some of the most popular shapes to make with fondant icing are roses and leaves. Even adding a few flowers to your cake will make it look professional. You can purchase premade fondant icing from bakeries, speciality baking shops or even local grocery stores.

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Things you need

  • Fondant icing
  • Food colouring
  • Rolling pin
  • Knife

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  1. 1

    Cut your fondant in half. Add a few drops of red food colouring to one half, and add a few drops of green food colouring to the other half. Knead each half to evenly distribute the food colouring. A few drops of red food colouring will turn the fondant light pink. For deeper pink or red, add several drops of red food colouring to the fondant.

  2. 2

    Roll each half of fondant with your rolling pin. Ideally, you want each half to be rolled out to 1/8-inch thickness.

  3. 3

    Cut the pink or red fondant into rectangular strips. The strips should be cut to have a width of 3 inches.

  4. 4

    Roll each pink/red strip of fondant up lengthwise. This will form one rose for each strip. Cut the excess fondant--it will funnel down under the rose petals--off with a knife. Set aside.

  5. 5

    Cut the rolled green fondant into four even squares.

  6. 6

    Pull the opposite corners of one green square together. Pinch the corners together, then cut the square in half at the pinched mark. This will make two leaves.

  7. 7

    Repeat Step 6 with the remaining three squares.

  8. 8

    Place the fondant roses and leaves on your cake, or place them in the refrigerator to be used the following day.

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