This simple bow decoration really spruces up a birthday or christening cake. Using this technique you can make your bows any size you like, depending on the size of the cake you're decorating - you could even make mini ones for cupcakes.
Colour them however you fancy, or to suit who you're making them for. We love these pretty pink ones for a little girl's birthday.
This recipe makes enough for one bow so make sure to increase the quantities if you would like more than one.
Colour your modelling paste pink.
Dust your counter with corn flour to stop the paste sticking. Roll the modelling paste out to 2mm thick and cut a strip about 15cm long and 3cm wide.
Turn the strip over so you have the good side on the bottom and concertina (pinch the sides into the centre) the middle and the ends.
Roll 2 small tubes of kitchen towel and fold the two ends over, sticking them in the centre with a brush of water.
Cut a centre strip long enough to go around the middle. Fold the edges, length ways, over so you have a neat edge, then turn the strip over and pinch creases in each side.
Wrap the centre strip around the centre of the bow, sticking it at the back with a brush of water.
To make the ribbon ends, cut two strips. Trim triangles shapes in the end of each strip.
Stick them onto the cake with a brush of water, bending in places to give them a nice shape.
Stick the bow on the top of your cake with a brush of water and dust with pearl lustre dust, if using.