TIE A YELLOW RIBBON Festive cake welcomes home the troops


WELCOME OUR RETURNING heros with this festive yellow ribbon cake.

Use your favorite cake recipe and icing and top it with this easy to make yellow ribbon.

The ribbon is made from candy coating, available in cake decorating and candy making stores. The ribbon can be eaten.

Check your phone directory for candy and cake decorating stores that sell candy coating.

This recipe will make enough candy to create several ribbons. Make extra ribbons for friends or store the extra candy in the refrigerator. It will last about a month, tightly covered, in the refrigerator. Soften the candy by warming it in a double boiler over simmering water.

Yellow Ribbon

6 ounces yellow candy coating

1/4 cup Karo syrup

Melt yellow candy coating and syrup together in the microwave on medium power. Use a microwave-safe bowl and stir often. Do not let burn.

Let mixture set at room temperature or in the refrigerator until firm enough to knead, about 45 minutes to one hour. If the mixture gets too hard, slowly soften in a double boiler over simmering water.

Knead mixture until smooth and pliable.

Using a rolling pin, roll out half of the candy at a time between two sheets of waxed paper. Candy should be very thin.

Using a sharp knife, cut candy into three long strips. Each strip should be about six inches long and about two inches wide. Shape one strip into two loops and attach to cake. Drape the other two strips from the center of the bow to complete the ribbon. Pinch the center of the bow to anchor the strips together.

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