This was a fun request - the cake was to resemble a bow-tied gift box! It had to be in lilac and cream, where the icing was cream and the bow and any accents in lilac. there were also to be matching cupcakes and it was for Laura's 21st. Righto then, off to work.
I had recently seen a few bows done in a different style from that which I had learnt and sort of mastered, and was keen to try one out. So I asked for a tutorial or some advice from another baker and she pointed me in this direction. I found it really well written and easy to follow, et voila - I made lots and lots of loops!
Despite adding CMC powder to my sugarpaste so that it would be possible to roll it thinner and have it harden faster, I still made these a few days in advance and probably rolled them a little too thick. I had been a bit nervous about how I would place and attach them, so did a couple of placement practices. Until I found that you can't place any more than one layer without something to hold/bind them - oops. Nevermind, the final run worked out well I think, and I used buttercream and a touch of sugarpaste to hold them in position. I added the gift tag in last, as it needed to be soft so it could mould to the shape of the finished cake. Suffice it to say that the customer was thrilled, and I heard back later that the birthday girl had absolutely loved it all. Result! Oh, and Happy 21st Birthday Laura :)
It's not too obvious unfortunately, but some of the cupcakes have cute indentations on them that say 'party time' and 'happy birthday' with balloons. Perhaps white wasn't the best colour for that?