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FREE Peek into how I make my Signature Standup Ruffles

Finally, I can share with everyone how I make my signature Standup Ruffles as seen in my Modern Tropical Ruffles Cake below.  Since this tutorial was originally made for publication in Cake Decoration & Sugarcraft Magazine, I had to wait until the issue, came off sale.  I share key steps of the technique further in this post but having taken pics of all the steps for that tutorial, I had all the makings for creating my own paid tutorial in pdf version so have made it available in my SHOP.

The Violet Cake Shop - Modern Tropical Wedding Cake - Stand Up Ruffles

So if you could not get your hands on the magazine, you can now purchase your own copy of how to make this cake HERE.  I’m starting it off at an introductory price of just under $10 USD (depending on exchange rate as I can only price it in Canadian dollars in my SHOP).

BUT……..

I did promise in my previous post to share some key steps for my Signature Standup Ruffles, (which are great for making structured diagonal ruffles and many other directions, shapes, patterns and colour sequences), so here I go!

Oh…but another BUT first…….

**Keep in mind, I am generously sharing a technique that I came up with after experimenting with different ideas and theories on how I could make these ruffles in fondant/gumpaste so I ask you to please, out of professional courtesy, not share this technique in any way, whether in live classes or publications or in tutorials of any form (video, pdf file, pictorial, print, album on Facebook etc.), without my written consent.  If you must share, please share from this post or my Facebook page and give credit where credit is due!  Thanks so much!**

Now, back to the good stuff…

I first thought of doing these after seeing some beautiful buttercream piped versions done by Shannon Bond of Shannon Bond Cake Design.  But I suck at piping – I neither have the muscle strength in my arms to pipe a full tier, nor the steadiness needed.  So I set about looking for a fondant/gumpaste version.

I did a lot of research and never could find the tight, clean and structured look I was going for in the standard fondant or gumpaste ruffles because all of them lay flat against the surface of the cake and only the ruffled portion would dance a bit above it due to the frilling.  So I thought, ruffles would be so much more versatile if I could make them stand up.  Making them stand up would allow them to be manipulated more easily and used in different patterns, directions, colour sequences…

BUT…what would make ruffles stand up?  All ruffles I’d seen were thin and flat.  If I saw a ruffle effect that had pattern and structure, it was when people twirled strips of flat fondant that they folded lengthwise in half, like the technique used most often by Tortik Annuchka who’s work I discovered on Instagram.  But I know, having tried it, that this technique doesn’t give clean straight lines around a curved surface like those on cake.  So, it’s great for straight up and down vertical lines and bunched patterns, but was not as effective for straight diagonal lines.

Then I thought, what if I could make the bottom of a ruffle flat, so it could stand, and keep the top thin and frilly?  And the idea was born…

So here are pics of a few critical steps in the process of making my Signature Standup Ruffles along with a high level description…for more info or detailed instructions on how to create these, unfortunately you will need to purchase my tutorial.  But these steps below should be straight-forward enough for the seasoned cake decorator to figure out and use…and I hope they inspire others to use them in creative and new ways.

Sneak Peek into making my Signature Standup Ruffles:

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I roll out my paste using dowels as spacers, to get a thick, even strip

 

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I then thin out the top end of the strip to create a frilled or ruffled effect

 

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Next, I trim just under the ruffling where the paste is still thick

 

And here are just some of the other ways I’ve used them so far.  One design is for a collaboration that has not yet been revealed so I can only share a sneak peek of it…

The Violet Cake Shop MIL's Greenery 75th - diagonal stand up ruffles       The Violet Cake Shop - Elegant Indian Fashion Collaboration - Utsava

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I hope you’ve found this post engaging and informative.  I’d love to see what you create using this ruffle idea.  Feel free to post pics of your creation on my Facebook page.

Remember, if you’d like to purchase the full tutorial with 44 pages jam-packed with detailed instructions, tips and techniques, and 64 high resolution pics and steps, teaching a variety of not seen before techniques, you can go to my shop on my Facebook page or click HERE.

Here is just a peek of what’s covered inside!

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Modern Tropical Ruffles Wedding Cake Tutorial by The Violet Cake Shop - 08-05-17 - content

OH and it happens to be on for half price as an introductory offer so you can get it for just under $10 USD for a limited time!  The price will go back up to $20 USD one week after my Facebook page hits 125K followers…which can be anytime.

Have fun and Happy Caking Y’ALL! =D

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Stylized Wafer Paper Rolled Rose – The Violet Cake Shop way – FREE Tutorial

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a new tutorial and this one for the stylized wafer paper rolled roses, is a long time in coming.

I first designed this cake for Cake Masters’ August 2015 issue and promised I would share how I made the wafer paper roses due to the amount of response I’d gotten on how unique they were.  I mean, it should have been easy because I had all the pics taken already since this cake was also my first ever full length magazine tutorial…

But then life kind of got in the way as it often does, and things came up like mystery health issues that I’ve had to deal with (and am still sorting through) and what do ya know, two years has now gone by!  But I was able to find some free time to edit my pics so I could share them with you all here today…FINALLY haha.

Now this style is simply a hybrid of a wafer paper rose I already came up with before in 2014 (for which I have a paid tutorial), plus the standard rolled roses you see in paper craft.  What makes it unique is the addition of these pinched outer petals which is a technique I came up with for my original wafer paper rose.

So hope you will enjoy this FREE tutorial.  Please feel free to share with me how you use them to embellish your cakes, on my Facebook page.  I look forward to seeing what you create with my tips and tutorials!

Stylized Wafer Paper Rolled Rose Tutorial – The Violet Cake Shop way:

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Colour your wafer paper by airbrushing (using a few light coats with drying time in between), an edible printer OR my oil & petal dust method

 

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Cut out a 5.5” x 5.5” square of the coloured wafer paper (or any size you prefer)

 

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Cut off corners of the square to create a circle – you can just go by eye as the rose is meant to look organic so does not need to be perfect

 

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Cut your wafer paper circle into a spiral-like strip moving concentrically in towards the middle as shown; cut so that the strip is just under 1″ wide

 

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This is how it will look once you’ve cut your spiral strip

 

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Using the tip of a brush, roll up the strip starting on the outer edge

 

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Add small dabs of water as needed so the centre holds together as you are rolling it

 

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Continue rolling

 

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Every few inches, dab water along the bottom edge of the strip to help hold the rolled shape you are forming

 

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This is your completed Stylized Wafer Paper Rolled Rose centre

 

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Using a circle craft punch (1.5” diameter), punch out circles to make your outer petals; alternatively, you can use a circle cutter as a template (use a dull tool to trace inside the cutter so you have a guide where to cut with scissors)

 

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Take one circle and pinch in on one end and hold for a few seconds

 

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Using scissors, cut a small slit opposite the pinched end (approximately 1/2″ up)

 

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Dab a small amount of water on one side of the slit

 

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Fold one side of the slit over the other so the bottom of the petal has a concave or cupped shape

 

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You will need approximately 8 petals and one rolled rose centre to create one Stylized Wafer Paper Rolled Rose

 

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Dab some water at the bottom of the petal along the cupped edge – NOTE: do not use too much water or the wafer paper will disintegrate!

 

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Attach the first petal to the rolled rose centre – NOTE: the bottom of the centre should sit nicely in the cupped section of your petal

 

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Attach your second petal making sure to overlap half of the previous petal; continue applying the rest of the petals, working clockwise until you have completed one full row of petals, then use the rest to fill in where there may be gaps; use more or less petals as needed

 

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Your finished product – a beautiful Stylized Wafer Paper Rolled Rose!!

 

Hope you all like this tutorial!  If so, please feel free to share this post =)

Happy Caking Y’ALL!! =D


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New Technique – Stand Up Ruffles

Wow…I’m so excited to share with everyone a new way of making ruffles.  Yes…it’s time-consuming…most ruffles are…but the effect is so worth it!  This new way of doing fondant or sugarpaste ruffles is SO versatile.  I’ve already used them in three ways, each one just a tad different in terms of the amount of ruffling done as well as the pattern and colours.

I had seen so many lovely ruffle cakes that were starting to take on directional qualities like all vertical or all diagonal and loved the look.  But I really wanted to get a tighter look as most of them were loose and not necessarily as ruffled or neat.  Then I saw Shannon Bond of Shannon Bond Cake Design do her AMAZING directional ruffles in buttercream.  Now, I am pretty good at fondant work but I admit, I SUCK (yes, I say it loudly ’cause it’s SO true lol) at pretty much anything piping related.  So, I decided to test out a theory I had on how I could get directional ruffles but with fondant or sugarpaste, rather than buttercream.  Lo and behold, it actually worked lol!

I get to share with you all my method in about a month because it’s in a tutorial that just came out in Cake Decoration & Sugarcraft Magazine.  When the current issue of the magazine tutorial I made comes off sale, I can share away, so VERY soon.  If you simply CANNOT wait, you can grab your copy of the August 2017 issue and get the jump on how to make them.  In the meantime, I will just tease you all with the cakes I’ve made using this method.

My Mother-in-law’s 75th birthday cake created March 25th, 2017:

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My Elegant Indian Fashion Collaboration cake created in April 2017 and revealed in June:

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My Modern Tropical Wedding cake designed for Cake Decoration & Sugarcraft Magazine’s August 2017 issue out now – created in May 2017:

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Hope you all like it and stay tuned for the blog post on how I created these.  I will share a quick overview of the method but also will release the full tutorial of this cake design as a paid PDF version in my FB shop around the same time.

Happy Caking Y’ALL!

 


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Tsum Tsum Mickey with Rainbow V-Petal Ruffles

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My baby turned 4 yesterday boohoohoo…

It’s SO bittersweet as she is now no longer a baby and she is my last so I’m gonna miss that aspect, but by the same token she is now onto a bigger, better and more adventurous phase of her life!  She has always had such a big personality though with SO many interests so it’s hard sometimes to come up with one theme for her cakes.

The last three cakes were completely up to me, so I have been lucky that I got to do what I wanted to with the designs haha.  Of course I always tried to include things I know she loves like characters from her comforter for her 1st birthday, Mickey Mouse and the gang on her 2nd birthday cake and purple and yellow, two of her favourite colours, on her last cake.

Carlington's 1st Birthday CocaLo Jacana Themed - twmpm

Carlington's 2nd Birthday - Minnie, Mickey, Daisy and Donald - Closeup - twmpm

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This year though, I was really stumped…  She loves alphabets and numbers but I felt that might be a tad boring for a cake.  She loves Legos and Minecraft but I really didn’t want to do either of those because of all the potential dots or piddly squares which in either case, would entail a case of total “tedium-boredom” with the addition of crossed-eyes for weeks haha.  She loves all kinds of shows but there isn’t one clear cut favourite.  She does love Mickey still and always has, but again for selfish reasons I wasn’t inclined to do another Mickey cake either.

So I decided to just let her design her own cake this year by telling me what she wanted it to have.  Well she had very clear and specific ideas and was very thorough too!!  Score!  All I had to do was come up with something that would tie in a blue coloured cake, a rainbow or rainbow colours, a number 4, green flowers and (dun dun dun…) Mickey on top…sigh, lol.  Ok, well I had to concede on that last request as it WAS her cake and I WAS letting her design it this year, after all.  It was not going to be easy but I was determined to come up with a design that would tie it all in while still being cohesive and girly!

And Fate intervened on her cake too, kind of sort of…  We were out shopping a few weeks before her birthday and her brother (Mr. 11) saw a Tsum Tsum Mickey plush toy at the Disney Store and knowing how she loved the Tsum Tsum short videos on TV, suggested that he get it for her as her early birthday present (awww so sweet, I KNOW!)  Well, she has not really put down her Tsum Tsum Mickey since and EUREKA! I had a replacement for the 3D Mickey I was going to have top her cake (YAY!!)

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There was a tiny mishap with the topper though, not because of the last minute change but more because of my bad habit of procrastination…

The topper did not have ample time to dry completely, so it was still a tad soft when I assembled it and stood him up.  It would have been fine had I just left him to air dry the rest of the time before the party, but I thought I’d be smart and do one extra step to avoid having the purples on the cake fade, by covering it with a black bag even though it wasn’t necessary given my trick for adding extra deep pink (see this previous blog post on preventing your purples from fading).  Well, I did NOT account for the build up of humidity inside the bag which in turn, softened the topper further so that the ears drooped forward and eventually cracked and fell off.  Luckily it was a personal cake so a lousy patch job was all that was needed and voila! the topper stood again.  Lesson learned for next time though.

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To incorporate the rainbow aspect of her request, I decided to use my V-Petal ruffles (see previous post for the mini-tutorial).  After I came up with those, I immediately wanted to try it with rainbow colours so it was a win-win to use them on my daughter’s cake…well, she didn’t say it HAD to be an actual rainbow lol!  The colours are tedious to mix but it was much easier than mixing from white with gel colours because I used the Satin Ice pre-coloured fondant.  I wanted slightly less intense colours so most of them I had to remix with either white to tone down the intensity, or with other colours to get the tone I wanted.

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Here is another angle of her cake.  It just shows the topper a bit better because the number 4 plaque on the first pic kind of makes the Tsum Tsum Mickey topper look like his mouth is wide open in surprise haha!

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And here is my baby with her Tsum Tsum and her cake…

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Thanks for reading and Happy Caking Y’ALL!!

 

 


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V-Petal Ruffles Mini-Tutorial

I was asked by Cake Masters magazine to submit a cake for their Ombré Cakes Collection in their latest May Issue.  I was assigned the colour BLUE and was immediately inspired!

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Right away, I knew what I wanted to do.  I had been playing around one day, and came up with a new and unique way of doing simple ruffles.  Once I saw “ombré” in the email, I KNEW I had to use this technique for the effect.

It is super simple so I hadn’t planned on doing a tutorial but luckily I had taken some pics anyway, for reference (hence the sub-par quality!)  I’ve now decided to post a quick mini-tutorial after all, because I had that cake on display at The Toronto Bakery Showcase just this past week, and I got TONNES of questions about how I created those ruffles.  So I’m guessing it’s not as simple as it may seem, for some.

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I used 8 gradients in the ombré, and with the same batch of fondant which was first coloured the deepest shade, I just kept adding in an equal amount of white each time after I was done with the shade I was working with.

See below for additional closeup photos of this cake…

But first, here are the basic step-by-step pics of how to make my V-Petal Ruffles – ENJOY!!  If you use these ruffles, please feel free to quote this tutorial and I’d love for you to share your creations to my Facebook page so I can see what you’ve done with them!

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Cut out an oval using a 2.5″ oval cutter

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Flip the oval over and dab some water on the very end of one side of the oval – this is the underside that will end up inside the folds

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Fold oval over, so the good side shows on the outside

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Mark the centre with the end of your brush – this helps with the folding

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Dab some water just on the end of the folded over oval

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Fold the ruffle at the crease you made earlier and pinch the end so it creates a point or ‘V’

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Cut a small portion off the bottom  – NOTE: this is only needed for the first row of ruffles that rest on the cakeboard

 

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Attach the first row to your cake with a dab of water down the centre of the back – if they have dried a bit, you may need to add more water and hold longer; add additional ruffles in rows (here I show three columns only, to give an idea); when adding V-Petals on top of an existing one, dab water under the point or ‘V’ of the new petal before attaching; sit each new petal inside the top gap of the previous ruffle underneath; pinch the top loops together if necessary, to neaten up the seams; try to ensure each column is straight, as you work your way up

 

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8 rows and 7 columns of ombré V-Petal Ruffles all completed =D

 

Now for some closeups of my Blue Ombré V-Petal Ruffle cake!

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I have a tutorial in the April issue of Cake Masters for these Gumpaste Dogwood flowers that do not require special cutters.  I will post that tutorial here in a few months but if you can’t wait, you can always get a copy of the magazine first 😉

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I made the cosmos using my own method but I studied those made by Petalsweet Cakes intently!

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Happy Caking Y’ALL!! =D


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How to Make a Lego Figure Topper – Tutorial

I made this cake for my son’s 9th birthday 2 years ago when the Lego Movie first came out and was all the rage, and I’m reminded of it again now, since his birthday is coming up fast and I need to start thinking of what to make for his 11th.  But at that time, it was an easy decision since he was SO into the movie (it really is SUCH a FAB movie with an amazing life lesson) and I happened to have just finished another Lego Movie cake for a friend’s son which my son loved.  So he KNEW he wanted to have figures of Emmet and his friends Wyldestyle and Batman, as well as his nemesis, President Business.  He also HAD to have the motorbike that Emmet and Wyldestyle used to escape from Good Cop/Bad Cop.

Colin's 9th B-Day Lego Movie Cake - front - twmpm

While making Emmet, I decided to put together this tutorial of how to make a Lego figure since many people had asked me how I made my previous figures and what tips I had for making mine so realistic.  I am happy to say that I’ve seen lots of awesome figures made using this tutorial in the past two years and it warms my heart to be able to help others in creating something they’re super proud of.  I have to admit too…I often end up having to refer back to my own tutorials when it’s been a while since I’ve made something, so there is a semi-selfish reason for making them, haha!

As mentioned before, I am uploading all my tutorials slowly here to my blog and this seemed like the perfect time to add this one to the list…so here you go and ENJOY!  As always, I’d love to see what you create with one of my tutorials so please share any such work on my Facebook page, anytime =D

Lego Figure Tutorial by The Violet Cake Shop™:

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(*figure 1 – the ball should be approx. 1″ across; figure 4 – if you don’t have a 1A tip, you can use any circle cutter approx. 1/2″ across)

 

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Happy Caking Y’All!! =D


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How to Make a Two-Toned Bow – Quick Tutorial

 

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It’s been about two years now since I first introduced this tutorial on my Facebook page after getting awesome feedback on a wedding cake I’d made for some good friends of ours the previous November.  There were lots of positive comments on the bow asking me how I made it.

I have always maintained and must say again here that although I’ve used this two-toned bow idea many times in designs of mine, it is not my original idea.  I can’t say for sure whose original idea it was but I first saw a similar bow used on a cake by Sweet Picasso Cake Creations on Facebook.  It was a STUNNING mustard yellow tiered cake that was simple, yet so dramatic because of that black and white two-toned bow.

The first time I used it, was on a geometric cake design back in July of 2013 after a long hiatus away from caking after having my daughter.  The method I used here was the initial one I attempted which was not as easy nor as neat as the one I eventually developed and use in the tutorial.  For this bow, I used two full layers of fondant for the bow pieces, laying one on top of the other, to create the two-toned effect.  Needless to say, this first method is harder to get clean and neat and takes longer so that you have to fight the clock or risk it drying up too quick on you and ending with a huge mess and lots of time wasted.  I had to re-make the bow for this cake three times before I was happy.

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The next time I used this bow was on the wedding cake for friends that I mentioned above.  Between the first bow and this bow, I attempted and tested two other methods before settling on this one as being the best way to go.

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I have since used it on a few other cakes which you can see at the end of this article.  Here are the steps for making my version of this two-toned bow with detailed instructions.  This tutorial can also be used to make basic bows, just omit the steps where you add the coloured strips (of course…duh…but just have to say it! LOL):

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** Please note I had forgotten to take photos for adding the coloured strips to the front middle piece of the bow (the 2″ strip) so those steps are missing but you get the idea 😉  Those steps should be done before the following slide…

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My other cakes featuring a two-toned bow…

Carlington's 2nd Birthday - Minnie, Mickey, Daisy and Donald - Closeup - twmpm

2014 Christmas Cardinal and Mistletoes - twmpm

 

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Happy Caking Y’all!