Embellishing this Gift Box Cake Top Bow with pretty accents and textures eliminates the humdrum of the plain old boring bow and elevates the Gift Box Cake Top design to the over the realm. Why settle for a mediocre bow when a few simple and no fuss steps will give your cake topper the ‘wow’ factor? And all the easy steps are in this Gift Box Cake Top Bow tutorial.
The first thing in designing a ‘perfect’ bow is to find a pattern. Searching on Google there are plenty ‘free’ patterns on the web – clipart, sewing, knitting and more. After saving and enlarging the bow to the specifications of the design it’s time to begin. And once a bow pattern is chosen and modified, it’s file away time to keep for other bow designing projects. Makes it easy peasy!
The silicone molds required for this Gift Box Cake Top Bow are versatile. The molds can be used in so many designs. I’ve used every one of the molds, multiple times. In fact, the molds in this project are food-safe and designed to use with sugar art creations.
And the texture sheets and imprint mats are a ‘go to’ when I need to add depth and dimensions to sugar art projects. Both are adaptable items that will be used over-and-over again.
Gift Box Cake Top Bow – Equipment Required
- Bow Pattern
- Exacto Knife
- Self-Healing Mat
- Wilton’s 9″ Fondant Rolling Pin
- Makin’s Texture Sheets
- Cake Boss Imprint Mat
- Brooch Silicone Mold
- Heart Cutters
- Pearl Mold
- Wilton Stitching Tool
- Palette Knife
- Mini-letter cutters
- Wilton’s Gum Paste
- Pearl Airbrush Color
- Gold Luster Dust
- Silver Luster Dust
- Lemon Extract
Step 1: Add 1/4 teaspoon of Tylose to the modeling chocolate or fondant. Knead. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside. Sprinkle cornstarch on the self-healing mat. Roll-out the sugar paste to an even thickness; fabric thin.
Step 2: Cut-out the sugar paste bow and ribbon ends with an exacto knife.
Step 3: Using firm hand pressure, apply the fabric impression with the Makin’s texture sheet.
Step 4: Stitch around the edges of the bow and the end ribbons with the Wilton’s Stitching Tool.
Step 5: With a clean paintbrush, dab a small amount of water, then fold over the ribbon and pinch the ends; adhere the ends together. Trim a straight edge with the exacto knife. To make a realistic bow, loosely wad-up plastic wrap, and place the wrap in the center of the bow loops; allow to dry overnight.
Step 6: With a paintbrush, dab water at the center of the the end ribbons, place the bow loops on top. Add movement to the end ribbons with small pieces of foam or plastic wrap placed underneath the sugar paste; allow to dry overnight.
Ste 7: To add fabric dimensions to the bow design, dry brush or mix with lemon extract a complimentary luster dust color (darker or lighter.) Add the pearls, brooch and heart locket. Take a second to admire and sigh.
The mediocre bow with a few no-fuss steps is a now a party pleasing ‘wow-zie’!
Note: If making the Gift Box Cake Top, arrange the assembly of the Gift Box Cake Top Bow directly onto the box top.
How to Make a Fondant Heart Locket
Step 1: Roll out sugar paste. Place plastic wrap over the sugar paste and with the heart cutters, cut-out two (2) different size hearts. Using the Cake Boss Imprint Mat, press the impression onto the smallest heart.
Step 2: Using a toothpick, ruffle the edges of the largest heart. Allow to dry for 10-minutes. On the center heart, cut-out initials with mini-fondant cutters. Add a dab of water to the center of the heart and adhere the smallest heart.
Step 3: With a piping tip, make a hole the estimated size of the pearls; dry overnight. With the same heart cutter, the heart cut-out was made slightly larger; to raise the top. Smooth away frayed edges from the cut-outs.
Step 4: Mix lemon extract and Gold Luster Dust. Paint the gold onto the smallest heart; allow to dry.
Step 5: Adhere the heart locket to the Gift Box Cake Top with a dab of water.
To angle the locket: lift-up one end of the locket by using plastic wrap. Allow to dry. Remove plastic wrap.
How to Make a Fondant Brooch
The color of fondant used in the brooch mold will determine the color of the stones. Individual stones can be achieved by pressing different colors of sugar paste into the impressions.
Step 1: Dust cornstarch into the mold. Turn the brooch mold face down and tap out the cornstarch to remove excess. Using a pre-colored fondant press the sugar paste into the mold. With a palette knife remove excess fondant. Place the brooch mold into the freezer for 10-minutes.
Step 2: Stretch the sides to loosen the sugar paste. Turn the mold over and push the brooch to unmold. Allow the brooch to dry for an hour; arrange on the bow; dry overnight on the center of the bow.
Step 3: Using lemon extract, mix the two different metal colors – gold & silver – in seperate small bowls. Paint the metals on the brooch using a small brush.
Step 4: To give a sheen to the stones, paint with Pearl airbrush color.
How to Make a Strand of Sugar Pearls
Step 1: Dust cornstarch into the mold. Turn the pearl mold face down and tap out the cornstarch to remove excess. Using Wilton’s Gumpaste press the gumpaste into the mold. With a palette knife remove excess gumpaste. Place the pearl mold into the freezer for 10-minutes.
Step 2: Carefully stretch the sides to loosen the gumpaste. Turn the mold over and starting from one end of the mold, unmold the pearls.
Step 3: Arrange the pearls for the design. Allow the pearls to dry overnight.
Step 4: Using Pearl Airbrush Color paint the pearls with a small brush.
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