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How to Make Easy Fondant Roses (Ribbon Roses)

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Learn how to make fondant roses (ribbon roses) without tools, with this step by step tutorial. Quick, easy, homemade with simple ingredients. Great for decorating cakes and cupcakes. No fondant rose cutter needed!

One of my favorite ways to decorate cakes is to use what I already have on hand. I am not a fan of fancy cutters or tools and like simplified steps. That’s exactly how I made this beautiful Fondant Flower Cake and these Fondant Daisies. If you enjoyed those, then you are sure to love today’s tutorial too.

Decorated White Cake With Easy Fondant Roses Without Tools on Black Background

How to make easy fondant roses? (Ribbon roses)

  1. Roll fondant- Using a rolling pin.
  2. Cut thin strips- Using a pizza cutter.
  3. Roll- Fold one corner and start rolling to the end.
  4. Final touches- Cut the end of your rose with scissors and smooth out the bottom with your fingers.
  5. Enjoy- Let these dry overnight or until they harden.
Easy Homemade Fondant Ribbon Roses on Purple Cake

Variations

Decorate cupcakes- I decorated a cake but you can make make smaller flowers and use them as cupcake toppers. You can also use them on individual sized mini cakes or petit fours or even cookies.

Make different sizes of flowers- Follow the same technique to make various sizes.

Try other colors- I chose a pink, yellow and green but you can use any colors you like.

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Try other cake flavors- Such as Easy Key Lime Cake or this Pineapple Cake (With Cake Mix).

Try other frosting flavors– Such as Marshmallow Frosting or Mint Frosting.

Mini Fondant Flowers on Mini Chocolate Cakes in Black Plate

Tips and Techniques for Fondant Rose Cake

For faster drying- Use a 50/50 mixture. Just knead together half fondant and half gum paste and use that instead of just fondant.

Homemade fondant vs. Store-bought fondant- Either can be used. My homemade version tastes incredible!

Can you use marzipan instead of fondant? Yes, you can use that but it tastes different than fondant.

Use pre-colored fondant- If you are short on time, use fondant that’s already colored.

Use gel colors- If you are planning on coloring fondant, be sure to use gel colors because they are concentrated and more vibrant than liquid colors. Also, it prevents the fondant from becoming sticky.

How long does it take for fondant flowers to dry? Typically, it takes 24 hours. However, the drying time may vary. This depends on the thickness that you rolled out the fondant. The thinner it is, the faster it dries. The thicker it is, the slower it dries. Drying time is also quicker when you live in dry climates where there is little to no humidity.

Don’t decorate a warm cake- This is very important because if the cake is warm, the decorations will get sticky and messy.

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Storage

Room temperature- Once they are dry, store in a cardboard box away from sunlight and moisture for up to 1 month. They can last even longer. I have some that are 3 months old and still good.

Freeze- Fondant decorations cannot be frozen because when they thaw, the flowers will become sticky due to condensation.

Refrigerate- They cannot be refrigerated because they can become sticky from the moisture in the fridge.

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Easy Fondant Roses (Ribbon Roses)

Prep Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 d 1 hr
 

Learn how to make fondant roses (ribbon roses) with step by step tutorial. Quick, easy, homemade with simple ingredients. Great for decorating cakes!

Servings: 15 Flowers
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fondant flowers, fondant roses
Calories: 16 kcal
Author: Abeer Rizvi

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Marshmallow fondant Pink or Yellow and Green
  • Vanilla cake Two 6 inch round cakes, Two 8 inch round cakes
  • 4-6 cups American buttercream icing
  • 4 cups White fondant

Instructions

  1. Use a rolling pin to roll out a ball of pink fondant.

  2. Using a pizza cutter or a fondant cutter, cut ribbons which are 1 inches wide and 8 inches long. If you want to make smaller roses, cut strips which are thinner and shorter.

  3. Fold over one corner of the strip.

  4. Start rolling and continue all the way to the end.

  5. Cut the end of your rose with scissors.Discard the end.

  6. Smooth out the bottom of your rose using your fingers.

  7. Let these dry overnight or until they harden.

  8. To make leaves, roll out green fondant.

  9. Cut out circles.

  10. Using the same cutter, cut out two halves of each circle and you would end up with leaf shapes. Let them dry overnight or until they harden.

  11. If you wish, you can stop here and actually use those as leaves or you can continue with a few more steps. Pinch the center of each leaf until the ends stick together. Cut the pinched center with scissors. You now have two leaves. Smooth out the ends of of leaves with your fingers.

  12. While the decorations are drying, bake cakes and allow them to cool completely.

  13. Also, prepare frosting.

  14. Place one 8 inch cake on a cake board and spread icing on top. Place the other 8 inch cake on top and press gently to secure it into place.

  15. Then, ice the entire cake until smooth.

  16. Cover it in white fondant and keep aside.

  17. Place one 6 inch cake on another cake board and spread icing on top. Place the other 6 inch cake on top and press gently to secure it into place.

  18. Then, ice the entire cake until smooth.

  19. Cover it in white fondant and keep aside.

  20. To assemble, place the iced 8 inch cake on a cake stand. Push in dowels for support. Then, place the iced 6 inch cake on top.

  21. Decorate cake with flowers on top and fondant ribbon around the base. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • These roses can also be made with gum paste or a 50/50 mixture (half fondant, half gum paste) which dries faster. 

     

Nutrition Facts
Easy Fondant Roses (Ribbon Roses)
Amount per Serving
Calories
16
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
5
%
Sodium
 
4
mg
0
%
Potassium
 
1
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
4
g
1
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Calcium
 
1
mg
0
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

59 comments on “How to Make Easy Fondant Roses (Ribbon Roses)”

  1. Beautiful, very simple tutorials…………..great work……

  2. Super genial, muy lindas todas las decoraciones y super prácticas !!! Ya quiero conseguirme las herramientas e implementos y tener disponibilidad de tiempo para poner en practica lo aprendido y sorprender a mi hijo y mis amigos. Gracias en verdad muchas gracias por compartir !!! Me encanta todo lo que tiene que ver con pastelería, resposteria y comidas ricas !!! Tk’S

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