How to Make a Fondant Loop Bow

This step-bystep-cake article will show you how to make a looped bow from fondant or gumpaste. This technique is great for creating a present, or gift shaped cake.

Green with Pink Bow Cake By: gourmetcakes

  • Fondant or Gumpaste
  • Rolling Pin or Pasta machine
  • Pizza cutter or Knife
  • Large Dowel (1 in thick)
  • Soft candy melts or Royal Icing
  • Bowl

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1. Use a piece of gumpaste, fondant, or candy clay about the size of a tennis ball 2. I first will roll about 1/2 of the dough thru my pasta machine to a medium thickness (#4)
or roll your fondant to approx 1/4 in. thickness
3. You could also use a pizza cutter or knife to cut the strips. Take two strips out to be the bow tails and then cut 2 strips in half to make thin little loops for fill-ins 4. Hang the loops over a dowel or large stick such as a broom handle (about 1in wide) 5. Wet the ends alittle and press them together to form a point. Allow all the pieces to dry for about 24 hours. 6. Paint or brush with a colored dust or pearl dust for an extra sparkle 7. In a plastic bowl that is about the size as the top of your cake place a piece of wax paper with a glob of soft candy melts or royal icing for your “glue” %GOOGLE% 8. Place the bottom row of loops in the bowl with some on their side and some flat. Add more “glue” to the top of the ends and add another layer.

9. Keep repeating until you get the fullness and look you want


10. Allow the “glue” to dry and then remove the bow my placing your hand on top of it and slowly flipping into your hand and then flipping it top side up

By: Sugar Wonders Cake Club

Comments (28)


Tried making this last night and OMG what a disaster. The bow was all deformed and there was such huge gaps between the loops. How do I get rid of that?


This method works great!  I have done it this way a few times before.  I like your idea of assembling in a bowl.  I made a round piece of gum paste the same color, a bit smaller than the size I wanted the bow to be and assembled the bow on that so I had a firm base for the bow to be able to lift on and off the cake.  

 Thanks for sharing the tutorial!!!