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With a bad case of the winter blues, I thought I would show you all how to make a fondant ribbon rose to brighten our day :) This is such a cute, easy fondant flower, that doesn't take any special cutters or tools to make it.

Here is what you will need:
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*a mat to roll out on
*some shortening to grease your mat to keep the fondant from slipping
*a small rolling pin (I love Wilton's9 in. rolling pin)
*a pizza cutter
*Fondant colored your choice for flower and leaf (I add somegum paste to mine to help      make it stronger and set up faster)
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Start by putting a thin film of shortening on your mat so your fondant won't stick. For your rose, roll out your fondant thin, about 1/16 of an inch. Make sure you roll it out in a long shape.
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Then fold your fondant over and trim your edges with the pizza cutter. I trim all 3 three of the unfinished edges.
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Pick up one end of your rolled out fondant. Fold in the top corner of your finished/folded edge.
Then just start rolling and pucker/pleat the bottom as you roll the fondant until you get to the end.
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For the leaf, roll out your gum paste thin again, about 1/16 in.
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Then cut out a shape that resembles a leaf, but with a straight cut at the back.
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Then pinch the back of the leaf together (where you did the straight cut)
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Pinch the leaf to the side of the rose, and there you have it. Your finished rose! These can placed individually on a cupcake or clustered together on a cake. I hope you have fun making them.

And thanks to my trusty assistant (my 6 year old boy) for helping take pictures. He did a great job.
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