How to make Gelatin Bows & Flowers

Decorating By justdi Updated 19 Feb 2015 , 1:29pm by CakesbyJantine

bobwonderbuns Posted 22 Mar 2010 , 11:01pm
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I got a message from Diane the other day...................their new book is almost ready!! icon_biggrin.gif She is real excited about what is in it.




SWEEEEET!!!!! icon_lol.gifthumbs_up.gif

tavyheather Posted 29 Mar 2010 , 9:05pm
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wahooooooo!! just recv'd my butterfly and wavy lines sheets!!! I am going to LOVE the rest of this day!!

tavyheather Posted 29 Mar 2010 , 9:12pm
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CRAP! I used all but a tsp or so of the knox for a stupid Knox Blox recipe..(nasty) for the boys...now I need to wait until they wake up to run to the store for more..arghh

bobwonderbuns Posted 29 Mar 2010 , 11:39pm
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CRAP! I used all but a tsp or so of the knox for a stupid Knox Blox recipe..(nasty) for the boys...now I need to wait until they wake up to run to the store for more..arghh




ha ha ha!! Don't ya hate when that happens!! icon_lol.gif

tavyheather Posted 2 Apr 2010 , 9:35pm
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Ok I just had to tell you guys this. I neglected doing so for about a week.

You know, I was playing with the SF jello recipe. I was chewing on a piece and thinking, "you know, this doesnt taste TOO bad once it starts to dissolve, but man its tough! You could almost wear this stuff, its so strong." Then a bizarre thought popped in my head.

Edible Undies.

You wont believe it but I made an edible thong out of this stuff and its hanging in my bedroom. LOL. I just laugh when I see it. Ill probably toss it eventually. This is what happens when I start thinking too much about something. lol.




Oh my....lol finally reading all the way through this thread and saw this..hahahaha too awesome...

For our White Elephant gift this year we brought a box of edible undies and finger paints...recv'd them for my bridal shower and never used them...The recipient was mortified..and shocked...priceless...

sweetflowers Posted 2 Apr 2010 , 10:55pm
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I don't have the book but it sounds great. I've been using the geltain to make jewels. I just pour them in the jewel molds (the ones from CK for hard candy) and they look pretty good. I'm having fun playing with this stuff, can't wait to make the bows like you all have done.

scorpius Posted 4 Apr 2010 , 9:27pm
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Hello, can anyone tell me where to order the sheets for the bow and butterfly to make them out of gelatin?. Thanks. icon_biggrin.gif

bobwonderbuns Posted 4 Apr 2010 , 9:51pm
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Hello, can anyone tell me where to order the sheets for the bow and butterfly to make them out of gelatin?. Thanks. icon_biggrin.gif



You can order them from Diane at Cake Connection -- she developed this technique and sells the kits: http://www.cakeconnection.com/

scorpius Posted 4 Apr 2010 , 10:13pm
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Thank you bobwonderbuns, you're answer was really fast!!. I'll try to buy at this address, I'm from Venezuela. Thanks again.

iheartcupkakes Posted 6 Apr 2010 , 3:23pm
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after 43 pages i read about half skimmed the others..
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here is my ??

has anyone made their own molds or impressions for the butterflies... i have food grade silicon and clay.. was thinking about making my own


has anyone done this? any thoughts other wise?

Loucinda Posted 6 Apr 2010 , 6:05pm
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Sure you could try it! I think the secret to the gelatin working well, is to not get it too thick.....the thinner the better. If you do try it, please post back here with the results!

sweetflowers Posted 7 Apr 2010 , 6:04am
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That's right, if you pour too much gelatin in it will mold. I use all sorts of molds though I haven't used my homemade molds yet....hmmm. gelatin lace, might try that next icon_biggrin.gif Let us know how it goes.

claren Posted 7 Apr 2010 , 7:54am
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Wow, they are very nice!! how would they hold up to warm weather?

beenie51 Posted 8 Apr 2010 , 7:09am
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I am not sure that you could make your own molds out of silicone. I am not sure if the gelatin would release. I know Dianne and Michelle had problems when the manifacture they had make the sheets changed the material the sheets were made of. The gelatin would not release. But good luck and let us know.

Loucinda Posted 8 Apr 2010 , 12:58pm
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claren - once they are dry, they hold up just fine. (They do not do well in rain however!) I made quite a few last summer, and I stored them in the styrofoam sandwich type containers, they held perfectly. No wilting or anything....the humid conditions here in Ohio did't phase them.

claren Posted 8 Apr 2010 , 8:13pm
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Thank you for the info. I can't wait to try it.

THESUGARCOW Posted 9 Apr 2010 , 2:26am
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THANKS SO MUCH thumbs_up.gif

iheartcupkakes Posted 9 Apr 2010 , 2:35pm
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butterfly released well but took forever to dry and was about half the size of the mold... kinda reminded me of a shrinky dink lol

so i used a butterfly stamp and food grade silicon it worked pretty good.. think i will get the impression mats though.. was fun and very easy to do icon_smile.gif

thank you all for the great tips

JohnnyCakes1966 Posted 10 Apr 2010 , 8:43am
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I have a few questions:

1. I've seen it mentioned here a few times that you can use the molds found in the clay section of craft stores. My understanding is that they are not food safe and shouldn't be used for this type of thing. Is that true? I have seen beautiful molds for clay, but have been afraid to use them. I sure would love to!

2. It's been mentioned that the gelatin designs don't taste good. Do you tell your clients to remove them before cutting the cake?

3. Since they don't taste good, if you put them on a cake, does the "bad flavor" transfer to the cake?

Thanks so much!!

bobwonderbuns Posted 10 Apr 2010 , 2:18pm
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I have a few questions:

1. I've seen it mentioned here a few times that you can use the molds found in the clay section of craft stores. My understanding is that they are not food safe and shouldn't be used for this type of thing. Is that true? I have seen beautiful molds for clay, but have been afraid to use them. I sure would love to!

2. It's been mentioned that the gelatin designs don't taste good. Do you tell your clients to remove them before cutting the cake?

3. Since they don't taste good, if you put them on a cake, does the "bad flavor" transfer to the cake?

Thanks so much!!




Hi Johnny and Welcome to CC! icon_biggrin.gif

In answer to your questions, I do my gelatin work on the impression mats, not in molds. Some argue about molds not being food safe, yet there has been NOT ONE incident of sickness of any kind from anybody using these molds (like for gumpaste) so if you devote a mold to food only usage, and wash and dry them thoroughly, you should be fine.

In my pix I did a teal butterfly cake and I told them "this is made from unflavored gelatin, it does NOT taste good." Well the gal who took it home to her mom for mom's birthday served it to the brothers who saw blue butterflies and that translated in their minds to "blue raspberry tasting gelatin thingys" they promptly started wolfing them down only to get a very rude awakening! icon_razz.gif Both my friend and her mother told them they don't taste good. Oh well. icon_rolleyes.gif

Does the taste transfer? Not that I've ever heard. I work primarily with fondant and it never picked up the taste. I doubt buttercream would either but I haven't tried it. Remember, this stuff is dried when it's put on, not wet. Most flavor transfer take place in a non-dried state (liquid or not quite dry even.) If that makes sense. Anyway, I hope that helps some! icon_biggrin.gif

JohnnyCakes1966 Posted 10 Apr 2010 , 7:32pm
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Thanks bobwonderbuns, for the response and the welcome! From reading the posts on here, you're always so helpful and it's very appreciated!

I guess the molds for clay that I'm referring to are more like mats, although I have seen the deeper molds for clay that I'd love to use, as well. Hobby Lobby has a beautiful chantilly lace mat for clay that I've wanted to use to imprint on fondant and buttercream for ages, but I've avoided it because of the food safety thing. It's much less expensive than the one my baking supply store sells that's made for food ($8 compared with $35!), and much prettier too! I hope it would be ok to use on fondant and buttercream. I suppose it would be ok to use with chocolate, too, right?

Another question about the gelatin "figures"...What is their texture once they are dry? Are they hard, gummy, still pliable? In other words, are they even something someone would WANT to eat, if they tasted good? Would the texture be odd mixed with a bite of cake? Some people on here have said they wouldn't cut well with a knife, so I doubt the side of a fork would be any better. So how would a person go about eating one? Just pop the entire butterfly in their mouth? LOL.

I've thought about trying the gelatin mixed with sugar-free jello that I've seen mentioned here, so that they don't taste bad. (I'd hate for someone to eat the plain gelatin ones, even if I warned them not to, and then get the impression that my cakes taste bad!) The problem is, I need the gelatin to be orange for a cake I'm working on, but I don't want it to taste like oranges. That would ruin the overall flavor of the cake just to make these decorations edible. So maybe I'd be better off using the plain gelatin recipe, dying it orange, and telling the client not to eat them.

Sorry to ramble! Lots of thoughts going through my head about the best way to use this.

bobwonderbuns Posted 14 Apr 2010 , 12:17am
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Yes you can use these mats with chocolate. I'm not sure if Di and Michaelle are going to be including that in the second book or not.

The gelatin butterflies and poinsettia in my pix are dry but pliable. You could eat them, but it's not like a jiggler. Just pop it in your mouth and go! icon_biggrin.gif

When I gave them the butterfly cake, I told them the butterflies are unflavored and don't taste good. Of course, having a little boy mentality, the guys started snorfing them down much to their chagrin! icon_twisted.gif But nobody had the impression the cake tasted bad, and in fact I got a lot of compliments on it.

The best thing to do is get the book and the kit, read this entire thread and then play with it. Take notes, lots of them. Then come back and tell us all about it! icon_lol.gif

JohnnyCakes1966 Posted 14 Apr 2010 , 1:45am
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Will do bobwonderbuns. I'll be buying the book and kits soon. And I've read the entire thread. All. 44. Pages! icon_biggrin.gificon_eek.gif

Loucinda Posted 14 Apr 2010 , 3:16am
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Now get your stuff and post the things you make!! icon_biggrin.gif (aren't you glad there isn't a test after reading it all??) icon_wink.gif

Kell0006 Posted 14 Apr 2010 , 3:39am
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So I'm in love with gelatin bows and finally got all of the impression mats. My first kink came today when I could NOT get a bow to attach to a fondant cake. I tried a dab of water, hot gelatin, piping gel.....augh! BC cakes are no issue but any tips for attaching to fondant?

Loucinda Posted 14 Apr 2010 , 3:54am
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What about some royal or buttercream? I have only put them on buttercream cakes too, so I haven't had that issue yet.

JohnnyCakes1966 Posted 14 Apr 2010 , 4:05am
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Kell, it SEEMS like I remember reading that they don't attach well to fondant, but I might have read that about something else. icon_confused.gif

Kell0006 Posted 14 Apr 2010 , 11:08am
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Thanks....I thought of BC or royal but I did one of the clear bows with disco dust edges and I didn't want the icing to show through but may have to. All the above things did was make my merlot colored fondant stick to my pretty clear bow and then the bow popped off. Probably didn't help I was putting it on the lid to an open gift box cake and the lid was propped on the side of the box.

Postal_Cakemaker Posted 14 Apr 2010 , 11:29am
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Thannks for all the wonderful information!!! thumbs_up.gif

bobwonderbuns Posted 14 Apr 2010 , 2:57pm
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When I did the gelatin poinsettia in my pix, we put it on a gumpaste plaque with a blob of fondant and pushed it into the fondant. If you could put a small piece on the bottom of the the bow to push in, maybe you could attach the bow that way.

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