How to Make Fondant Swag Drapes

Posted by on Apr 20, 2013 in Cake Decorating | Comments


Draping is a great technique for adding beauty to any cake. Though this technique has been around for many years, it’s still holding its place among the list of classic techniques that never go out of style.

Interestingly, there are many ways to make swag drapes. Some people prefer their swags to be even and exactly the same. Though I believe that since real fabric swags are not pristinely perfect, cake swags should have a little character. So, here is how I make fabulous fondant swags.

swag materials

Materials

  • A cake covered in fondant and mostly decorated. (I find it best to put the swags on last.)
  • Fondant
  • A sharp knife
  • A fondant roller
  • A spritzer with water in it (You can also use a paintbrush to brush on the water. Or feel free to use the sugar glue of your choice. Alcohols or extracts tend to evaporate too quickly and the swags don’t stick to the cake.)

Step 1: Roll out your fondant very thinly in 3 long strips. Your strips need to be at least 3” wide but the length depends on how large and tall your cake is. It is best to measure the dimensions with a fabric tape measure to get an approximate length before cutting your strips.

roll out fondant

Step 2: Once your strips are cut, fold them in half, but leave the folded edge rounded. Do not make a crease in the fondant.

Step 3: Spray the entire tier with water so that the swag will stick all along the cake. It needs to adhere to the cake at every point or the swag will be too heavy and stretch, rip, and maybe even fall off of the cake! EEEK!

fondant drapes

Gently pick up the swag, and attach the top of the swag first. Then let it swoop down and attach the bottom of the piece, making sure to gently attach the swag all along the cake. Place the lowest swag on first and work your way up.

Step 4: Continue with the rest of the swoops on the following tiers. Remember to drape in increments of odd numbers. In design, odd numbers are more appealing to the eye.

fondant swags

Step 5: Once you have finished your draping, don’t just walk away. Remember, no matter how thin your swags are, they are still pretty heavy and may pull away from the cake. Keep an eye on your cake for about 10 minutes to make sure the swags are staying in place or gravity may win!

swag cake

For other fashionable cake techniques like this, check out Joshua John Russell’s amazing Craftsy class Fashion Inspired Fondant and Marina Sousa’s masterful class Jeweled Wedding Cake. Or learn how to make a fondant bow and how to ruffle fondant.

Come back to the Craftsy blog tomorrow to explore the many varieties of sprinkles.

Comments

  1. nancy callis says:

    can you do this on a buttercream cake, putting water on it. I have never done a drape before

  2. Marie says:

    I have the same question:-)

  3. Fondant says:

    Spectacular, that most beautiful wedding cake and more job well done.
    I love it!

  4. Sarah says:

    Thank you for this wonderful tutorial! Just the info I was looking for.

  5. Darlene says:

    I am not trying to locate how to do a drape, I need to know how to make the swag on the Imperial Presence cake in Wilton’s 2011 yearbook, page 93.

    1. Wendy says:

      Darlene,
      I do not have a copy of the 2011 Wilton yearbook, so I do not know what the cake looks like, but I did find a pattern for the swags on the Wilton website. I hope it helps. Good Luck!
      http://www.wilton.com/downloads/patterns/Imperial-Presence-Cake-Borders-BaseBoard-Middle-Large-Swags1.pdf