Fondant Flag Bunting and Bakers' Twine Cake Decorations

I am not alone in my bakers twine obsession, I know.  And I admittedly hopped onto the bunting flag bandwagon back when I did Lucy's Candy Land Dessert Table. I had leftover chiffon cake batter, blackberries, pastry cream, and blackberry-carmel sauce from my Blackberry Cupcakes, so I made two petite cakes -- a 4" and 6" cake, torted, layered, wrapped them up and froze them.  I took them out a couple of days later, iced them with fresh whipped cream, and decided to decorate them with no particular celebration or theme in mind.   It was a cake celebrating cake decorating.

My creative instincts lead me to the forementioned bakers twine and bunting flags for one of the cakes.   Here is an outline of my creative process:

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I covered the cake in a dreamy gray, a color that I really can't help but love.  I added a little swag of fondant bakers twine with pearl dragees as anchors along the edge of the cake.  The top of the cake needed something so I added a soft pink "rosette" with dragees as the center of the flower.  I was going with the type of paper or fabric crafted rose you might find on Etsy, rather than a realistic flower.  (**Tutorial on the Fondant Rosette can be found here.**)

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The fondant bakers' twine was delicate to handle, but fairly easy to make.  I just quickly, but gently rolled a small strip of fondant back and forth with my fingers on a hard, flat surface until it was a thin and even string.  I first made a string of gray and then a string of the light pink.  I then placed them next to each other on the counter and rolled them together so they would twist up like a rope.

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I rolled up some of the extra "bakers twine" into little wheels and placed them around the rosette so it wouldn't be so lonely up there all alone.

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For the 4" cake, I whipped this one up (a bit sloppily) for a viewing of "The Bachelor" with Vale next door.  I successfully got her hooked to what some people might consider a crappy TV show.  Whatever.  Don't judge us.  And don't judge Womack.  He is really ready for love this time.  If he wasn't, why would I have eaten this Bachelor Cake of Love?

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