How to Make Fondant Bow Ties

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How to Make Fondant Bow Ties
The bow ties is a fashion accessory that has stood the test of time. (George Marks/Retrofile/Getty Images)

Fondant is an art medium used for cake decorating that results in vivid colours and crisp designs. You can whip up a batch of fondant in your home or purchase a premixed container of fondant at bakery and craft supply stores. For making a fondant bow tie, you can tint the otherwise white fondant with any colour of food colouring you like to match your cake design. Make one regular size bow tie or several miniature bow ties to adorn your cake.

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Things you need

  • White fondant
  • Assorted colours of food colouring gel
  • Cornstarch
  • Rolling pin
  • Pizza cutter or paring knife
  • Edible glitter or lustre dust (optional)
  • Small paint brush (optional)
  • Assorted small cookie cutters (optional)
  • Cotton ball
  • Icing

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  1. 1

    Choose the base colour for your bow tie. Add 1/16 to 1/8 tsp of food colouring gel to 1 cup of white fondant. Use your hands to squeeze the colour throughout the fondant. Leave the fondant streaky for a marbled bow tie. Add more food colouring gel as necessary to make a bolder colour.

  2. 2

    Dust a clean surface with cornstarch. Roll out the ball of dyed fondant to a 1/8-inch thickness using a rolling pin. Use a pizza cutter or paring knife to cut out two 1-by-6-inch strips for the bows and one 1-by-2-inch strip for the centre loop. Cut out two 1 1/4-by-6 1/4-inch strips, if you want to have a two-layer bow tie.

  3. 3

    Brush the strips with water using a small paint brush and then brush on edible glitter or lustre dust, if desired. Add a contrasting colour to another cup of white fondant and roll it out, if you want to add embellishments to the bow tie. Cut out miniature geometric shapes, such as circles to use as dots, or thin strips of the contrasting coloured fondant.

  4. 4

    Brush a small amount of water onto the back of any cut-outs that you are adding to the bow tie. Stick the cut-outs in place using the water as glue and press down gently. Stand the loops on their sides as the water dries.

  5. 5

    Form a loop with one of the 6-inch long strips so the ends are flat together and flush with each other. Rub a drop of water between the ends and pinch them together gently to hold in place. Continue with the other 6-inch strip, as well as the two 6 1/4-inch strips, if you are making a double-layer bow tie.

  6. 6

    Roll the 2-inch long strip around a cotton ball. Rub a drop of water between the two ends. Overlap the ends and press together. Leave the fondant on the cotton ball frame until dry. Remove the cotton ball from the centre loop. Place the centre loop with the seam down on a surface dusted with cornstarch.

  7. 7

    Take the largest loops, if using, and place on each side of the loop so the flat side is facing up. Apply a small amount of icing to the ends of the loops. Slide the ends of the loops into the centre loop so they meet in the centre and press together. Add the remaining two loops on top of the inserted loops with icing on the ends, as with the other two loops. Press the loop downward on the edges to help secure the loops in place.

Tips and warnings

  • To roll the fondant out, you can use a tall smooth glass or a textured cake decorating rolling tool to add depth to the bow tie.
  • Do not replace food colouring gel with liquid food colouring, or the consistency of the fondant will become too thin to support the loops of the bow tie.

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