Gumpaste Bow

For Alex’s 21st birthday, her mom wanted her cake to look like a present with a pretty pink bow. It was time to break out the gumpaste!

I quickly colored the paste a brilliant pink with candy color and rolled it out until it was very thin. Then, it was time to cut ribbons and assemble.

Gumpaste bows are fun and actually easier to make than their ribbon counterparts!  You’ll need gumpaste or a mix of fondant and Tylose powder to make the fondant harden like gumpaste. Look below for the picture tutorial or for step by step directions.


  1. Roll out the paste until your desired thickness is reached (1/8″ works well). Make 20 loops of varying sizes (roughly 5 longer loops, 5 the next size down and so on until you reach your shortest loop length. Allow to dry at least 2-3 hours.
  2. Trim edges to a center point, cutting away on each side. Now, flatten a piece of fondant to about 1/4″ thickness (not gumpaste) and press your second longest loops into them. Add another layer of fondant and then add the next layer of loops, staggering.
  3. Continue this process, adding discs of fondant, until you reach the top of the bow. You will need to turn the top loops sideways to have a nice three-dimensional look. Your longest loops are left. Lay the longest loops where you want the bow to go on the cake. Top with the remaining finished bow.

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