Wrap Your Dessert in a Candy Clay Bow

January 6th, 2011 by Shawn Broda

Every Christmas, my mother makes an amazing feast for our family – 25 people this year! My contribution is dessert – and not just any dessert…I like to come up with something that has a “wow” factor to really make it special.

This year I decided on a decadent chocolate mousse cake (two layers of flourless chocolate cake with chocolate mousse filling, covered in dark chocolate ganache – yum!). While the cake turned out great, it was a little plain looking. What it needed was a grand decoration, and I thought of the fondant bow I learned how to make in my Wilton Method classes. I didn’t have any fondant handy, but I did have a bag of Dark Cocoa Candy Melts®, so I thought, what would top my ganache better than a Candy Clay bow?

Candy Clay Bow

Following the candy clay recipe, I melted the candy, then stirred in light corn syrup. I then turned the sticky mixture onto wax paper to let it harden. Within 6 hours, it was stiff enough for me to knead and roll.

Candy Clay Bow and Cake I dusted my counter with cocoa powder, then rolled it about 1/8″ thick. Using my tapered spatula, I cut two even strips that I molded into the bow loops. I made a smaller strip for the knot loop, then two longer strips for the tails. Paper towels helped the pieces hold their shape while they dried. One of my plastic containers was the perfect size for keeping everything safe for transport to mom’s house.

After the ganache was set and the bow pieces were dry, I carefully assembled them on my cake. My family gave me all of the ooooh’s and aaaahs I was hoping for, and the cake tasted as wonderful as it looked.

The best part of this idea is that it only took 10 minutes to make the Candy Clay, then another 15 minutes to roll, cut and shape the bow pieces. How easy is that? I can’t wait to use my Candy Clay trick for the next big event!

Shawn Broda Shawn is a Senior Class Marketing Manager for the Wilton Educational Marketing Department. She joined Wilton 15 years ago as a Product Development Coordinator, and learning how to decorate the Wilton Way was the best part of her training! In addition to working with customers in North America, Shawn also works with the International Sales team to expand Wilton Method classes around the world. Celebrations provide a common thread between cultures, and she is amazed and inspired by the excitement people have for Wilton products and programs, no matter where they live. Shawn loves cooking, baking and decorating, especially when she can share her creations with others.

18 Replies

  1. Marj M. says:

    Wow, that is absolutely stunning. Love it.

  2. Though I’m not a big fan of making a bow, that looks awesome. I’m going to have to incorporate that into one of my works.

    Great article Shawn. Happy new year!

  3. tori t says:

    I love that bow, it never occurred to me to make one out of candy clay. Your’s came our perfectly! How big were you loops in comparision to the middle loop? My bows never seem to look right!

    • Shawn Broda says:

      Thanks for your comment! The made the middle loop about half of the length of the big loops. When I shaped it, I put it all together to check the size and adjusted the shape. The candy clay stayed soft enough to allow me to get it just right. Give the candy clay a try, it really worked out well!

  4. digna says:

    el lazo quedo precioso, me encantaria intentarlo

  5. TexasMommy says:

    If I want to use this on top of cookies, how do I adhere it once the cookies have cooled? Do I use some frosting underneath? Or water?

    Thank you!

  6. marjan says:

    verey beautiful…………..

  7. Belle A. says:

    I love the cake. My granddaughter and I made one with fondant but had trouble getting it to stand on the cake. I have never worked with clay before. Do you learn about it in one of the classes. I am waiting to take my fondant class and gum paste class. It is sooo much fun

    • Shawn Broda says:

      Good for you! You’ll learn all about bow loops in Wilton Gum Paste & Fondant. You can use the same fondant techniques on the Candy Clay. Ask your Wilton Instructor for more tips, she’ll be a great resource for you!

  8. Rita says:

    Wow, amazing! Just love the idea!

  9. burcu says:

    Wow, what a great idea to decorate the cakes! Will try it soon 🙂

  10. Ilhaam Hassiem says:


    how can i get hold of Shawn? its regarding becoming a WMI internationally

  11. gramgram says:

    The cake looks great always wanted to try candy clay now i will! Thanks.

  12. MARIA ASAR says:


  13. audrey Haggerty says:

    how about the recipe for the cake

  14. NANCY cHANEY says:

    How do you dry the parts of fondent bows to keep their shape

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