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What's the best way to do a bow on the side of a tier

post #1 of 8
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What's the best way to do a bow on the side of a tier, but not resting on the bottom, i.e. in the middle of the side of the tier? Every time I do this, the bow either breaks, falls off, etc., and I can't seem to figure out how to get it to stay securely. I use a toothpick for support through the middle of the bow - any other suggestions?
post #2 of 8
I never use a toothpick. Just do the bow ahead of time so that it can dry and then I brush the back with a little alchohol (vodka or vanilla extract) and put it on the cake, might have to hold it there for a few seconds. That is on a fondant cake, never attatched one to a buttercream cake.
post #3 of 8
I use fondant glue when adding a fondant piece to a fondant covered cake...especially if one of the pieces has been dried (like your bow I'm assuming) and is a heavier piece. I sometimes will use a toothpick if necessary (if the piece is really heavy). I just find, for me, that using just water or alcohol doesn't adhere the decorations well enough unless the decoration I'm adding to the cake hasn't dried yet.
post #4 of 8
Melted chocolate is a great glue for holding bows. Just melt the chocolate, Use a brush and brush chocolate on back of bow, a little on cake and hold until it sets up. hth
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
I haven't tried melted chocolate - maybe I'll do that next time. I used RI, and some toothpicks to hold the loops too. It wasn't pretty, but it worked. The bow is too heavy to just use fondant glue or water.
post #6 of 8
Ive always used a toothpick also for buttercream cakes. It is pretty hard to get them to stay if its a larger bow icon_smile.gif

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post #7 of 8
Use gumpaste for the bow - you can roll it thinner and it will weigh less. Use gum glue to attach, support with foam if neccessary, until the glue has dried.
post #8 of 8
I use melted chocolate or candy melt - it will hold quite a bit of weight on a buttercream cake. You just have to hold it til the chocolate sets - my cakes are always cold, so it doesn't take long.
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