Bow cake decoration

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Bow cake decoration


  • 20g modelling paste
  • Pink food colouring
  • Corn flour
  • Pearl lustre dust

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.


  • A sharp knife or ribbon cutter
  • Ruler
  • Kitchen towel
  • Water brush
  • Soft lustre brush

Step 1

Colour your modelling paste pink.


Step 2

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.


Step 3

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.


Step 4

Roll 2 small tubes of kitchen towel and fold the two ends over, sticking them in the centre with a brush of water.


Step 5

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.


Step 6

Wrap the centre strip around the centre of the bow, sticking it at the back with a brush of water.


Step 7

To make the ribbon ends, cut two strips. Trim triangles shapes in the end of each strip.


Step 8

Stick them onto the cake with a brush of water, bending in places to give them a nice shape.


Step 9

Stick the bow on the top of your cake with a brush of water and dust with pearl lustre dust, if using.

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