How To Create A Pretty Gumpaste Bow For Your Tiered Cakes

Sometimes it can be so hard to come up with a design for your cakes, and a simple bow can make such an impact. In this weeks video tutorial I’m showing you step by step how to create this giant gumpaste bow which looks like it’s been tied around your cake.

I absolutely love how pretty this looks and it created such a stunning cake design. You can also make your bow in any colour and any size to match your cake.

Giant Gumpaste Bow Cake Tutorial

You can watch how I made the gumpaste bow below in my step by step tutorial ⇩

For the bow I used a combination of gumpaste and fondant (90g of gumpaste to 40g of fondant). By adding the fondant this allowed me more time to work with the gumpaste, especially when rolling out the larger panels, before it started to dry. The gumpaste I used was the Squires Floral Paste as I love how well this works and it dries quickly and sets firm, so your bow will keep it’s shape.

The cake that the bow sat on was a two tiered cake with a 5 inch cake on the top and a 7 inch cake on the bottom. This was actually a dummy cake just to show you in the tutorial. But you can watch my tutorial showing how to dowel and stack your cakes if you’re new to creating tired cakes.

Giant Gumpaste / fondant Bow Cake Tutorial

Cutting out the pieces

For all the pieces I rolled and cut these out one at a time, this allowed me to get the gumpaste as thin as possible, as I was working with smaller amounts. Once it’s around 1mm or thinner in thickness it really starts to feel and look like soft fabric.

In total the bow was created using 6 pieces:
Main Bow: 2 pieces – 8cm x 18cm
Center of the Bow: 8cm x 7cm
Tails: 2 pieces – 8cm x 20cm
Ribbon around the cake: 8cm x 48cm

By keeping each part 8cm in width it made the bow look like it had been tied with the same piece of ribbon. You can alter the size of your bow, but I would always keep the width of each piece the same for a more realistic looking bow.

Giant Bow Cake Tutorial

I really hope you enjoyed the tutorial and will find it useful if you want to create your own bow to add onto your cakes. This would be perfect if you’re looking for a birthday or wedding cake design, or to add onto a cake with pretty ruffles.

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Tools I Used

I have put a list below showing all the tools that I used throughout this video or if you would like to see all my favourite cake decorating tools just click here:

Squires Petal Paste (Gumpaste):
Renshaw White Fondant:
Rolling Pin (similar) :
Modelling tools:
Edible Glue:
Raspberry Colour Splash:
Wilton Cornflour Pot:

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gumpaste bow cake tutorial

Thank you for reading!

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Hi, I’m Lynsey and welcome to Cakes by Lynz. I LOVE everything cake! Here you will find all my latest cake decorating video tutorials from my YouTube channel, reviews and general cake ramblings!

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