How to Make a Gum Paste Loopy Bow

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Gum paste is a type of candy that is used to create cake decorations called cake toppers. It can be cut, moulded and painted to create a variety of figures, from flowers to embossed ribbons. Gum paste loopy bows look like loopy bows that are made with ribbon and placed on gift-wrapped packages. They can be painted to match the colour scheme of the frosting or fondant covering that has been placed on a cake. You can make your own gum paste loopy bows and use them to decorate your cakes.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Card stock or poster board
  • Metal ruler
  • Pencil
  • Fondant roller
  • Knife or pizza cutter
  • Cardboard box, 8-by-12 inches
  • Scissors
  • 8 wooden dowels, 12 inches long, 1 inch in diameter
  • Gum paste
  • Pearl dust
  • Vodka
  • Paint brush, 1/2-inch
  • Candy melts, 2 tablespoons
  • Microwave-safe dish
  • Frosting or pastry bag
  • Cake cardboard

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut templates for the ribbon out of a piece of card stock or poster board. Measure a rectangle that is 6-inches by 1-inch and cut it out. Measure a rectangle that is 5-inches by 1-inch and cut it out. Measure a rectangle that is 4-inches by 1-inch and cut it out.

  2. 2

    Make a drying rack by cutting evenly-spaced 1/2-inch square notches into the top long sides of a cardboard box with scissors. Set the 1/2-inch wooden dowels into the notches.

  3. 3

    Roll out the gum paste into a large 1/16-inch thick rectangle. Use the ribbon templates to cut strips of gum paste with a knife or pizza cutter. Cut 12 strips with the 6-inch template. Cut 12 strips with the 5-inch template. Cut 6 strips with the 4-inch template. Cut 2 3 1/2-inch by 1-inch strips out of the gum paste to create the tails for the bow. Cut a V-shaped notch out of one end of each tail.

  4. 4

    Drape the gum paste strips over the wooden dowels of the drying rack. Pinch the ends of each strip together to form a loop with it around the dowel. Drape the gum paste bow tails over a dowel but do not pinch their ends together. Let the gum paste sit and dry overnight.

  5. 5

    Slowly drizzle vodka into the pearl dust, stirring constantly with a paint brush until it is the consistency of paint. Paint the outer and inner sides of the loops and the tails with pearl dust. Let them sit and dry overnight.

  6. 6

    Place 2 tablespoons of candy melts into a microwave-safe dish. Melt 2 tablespoon of candy melts in the microwave, put the power setting on high and cook the candy for 1 minute. Stir and cook 1 minute longer if needed, until the candy is completely melted. Spoon the candy melts into a frosting or pastry bag.

  7. 7

    Roll out a 2-inch circle of gum paste that is 1/16-inch thick to create the base of the bow. Place the gum paste base onto a cake cardboard. Place a dab of candy melts into the centre of the gum paste base. Press the pinched-together ends of the 6-inch loops into the candy melts. Add the 6-inch loops on alternating sides of the circle, with the ends of the loops touching to create a star pattern with them.

  8. 8

    Roll out a 1-inch ball of gum paste. Add a dab of candy melts on top of the touching ends of the 6-inch loops. Place the ball into the candy melts and gently press the loops into the ball so that it holds them.

  9. 9

    Add a small dab of candy melts to the end of the 5-inch loops. Place the loops into the gum paste ball, alternating sides to add the loops in a layer around the ball. Keep adding candy melts to the ends of the loops and applying the loops in a layer around the ball. Add the 4-inch loops to the top of the gum paste ball. Add dabs of candy melts to the ends of the ribbon tails and insert them in the centre bottom of both sides of the bow. Set the gum paste loop bow aside and let the candy melts harden for two hours.

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