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?
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.
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!