Bow Cupcake Tutorial

Since posting my valentines cupcakes I’ve received several requests for a tutorial on how to make little fondant bow toppers for your cupcake creations.  So, without further ado, I am pleased to present my tutorial: 

How To Make Fondant Bows.

First of all take a small ball of your favorite coloured fondant and roll it out to around 3mm thick.  I find it easier to roll my fondant out between two sheets of clingfilm.  Keeps your surfaces tidy and it means less cleaning up later ­čśë

Take a sharp knife and cut out two rectangles. One short and fat, remember the width of this rectangle will be the size of your bow, and one long and thin.

Put the thin strip of fondant to one side while you work on your bow.  Taking the fat strip of fondant fold each end of the strip into the centre press the join gently to secure it then flip it over, hiding the seam.

With your thumb and index finger pinch the middle of the folded fondant so it resembles a bow shape.  Cut a short length of fondant from your thin strip.

Wrap the small strip of fondant around the middle of your bow and pinch to secure the join.  

Now retrieve your thin section of fondant and cut it in half.  These will be your ribbons so cut them down if you feel they’re a little too long.

Taking a sharp knife, carefully cut out two tiny v shapes from one end of each of your ribbons and discard the triangles of fondant.

Take a prettily iced cupcake and gently press your ribbons onto the top of the frosting, the join will be covered by the bow.

Press your finished bow into the top of the frosting, covering the join of the ribbons.

Dust liberally with edible glitter, stand back and admire your beautiful creation.

I really do hope you found this helpful.  If you find yourself having a go, please comment with a link to your blog post, I’d love to see what you come up with.


  1. Katie
    January 13, 2011 / 1:56 pm

    That's great! Thanks, will have to try these. Can you also show how to make the roses – pretty please! They're beautiful!!

  2. Chele
    January 13, 2011 / 2:53 pm

    Very helpful – thanks very much. My friend has just asked me to make some cupcakes for her wedding so I'll be putting this post to some good use ;0)

  3. Katiecakes
    January 13, 2011 / 3:27 pm

    Thanks guys :)Katie – I'd be delighted to do another tutorial for the roses. Keep your eyes peeled ;)xoxo

  4. Clare
    January 13, 2011 / 3:35 pm

    I would be terrified of pressing too hard and squashing that beautiful swirl of icing. But maybe one day I'll have a go! These really are works of art.

  5. Michelle
    January 13, 2011 / 4:06 pm

    Ah, they're so cute! Perfect for a topping on a Valentine's day cupcake, I'll definitely be remembering this!

  6. thegilzo
    January 13, 2011 / 4:24 pm

    Great tutorial! Must try this very soon. thanks

    • January 27, 2020 / 8:22 pm

      I plan on making the bows this weekend. Could you give the width and length on the cutouts for the bows?

      • January 30, 2020 / 7:48 am

        Hi, I usually go with around 3.5″ length and 1.5″ width ­čÖé

  7. E is for Eleanor
    January 13, 2011 / 6:36 pm

    Just beautiful! Such a great tutorial ­čÖé x

  8. Helen
    January 13, 2011 / 7:46 pm

    Oh these are gorgeous! I will definitely be trying this out ­čÖé

  9. that kate
    January 13, 2011 / 7:46 pm

    Your blog is extremely inspiring! Everything you make looks delicious ­čÖé These bows are wonderful!

  10. How To Be Perfect
    January 14, 2011 / 7:40 pm

    Great tutoril! I'm finally going to film my teddy bear tutorial next week, I'm nervous! I love bows on cupcakes and yours are always lovely, brilliant post in time for cute valentines cuppies. x

  11. PinkBow
    January 14, 2011 / 8:40 pm

    love love love…i would love to try this.

  12. Katiecakes
    January 14, 2011 / 11:52 pm

    Oh I would love to see your teddy tutorial! Your cupcake toppers are to die for!You're so brave filming it though, I'd be so nervous! I'll be the first person to have a go though :)Katie xox

  13. Katiecakes
    January 14, 2011 / 11:53 pm

    Paula, you'll have to make little pink bows for your cupcakes ;)Katie xox

  14. Cupcake Crazy Gem
    January 15, 2011 / 3:00 am

    Wow look at that mound of frosting! yummy! Thanks for showing us how to do these. I've tagged you in a question time award thing over on my blog if you fancy doing it.

  15. Sarah-Jane -
    January 16, 2011 / 11:14 pm

    cute bows – and how simple ! I reckon even I can manage that ­čÖé Need to remember for next time I'm makin cupcakes.

  16. Smeeeff
    January 17, 2011 / 7:39 pm

    You make it look so easy!

  17. Jenny J
    January 18, 2011 / 3:23 am

    Thank you thank you! I have been looking for something exactly like this to help me win my fight with fondant! You made it look easy. Cross those fingers for me.

  18. Sarah, Maison Cupcake
    January 23, 2011 / 5:40 pm

    You've shown how easy this is, I must must try it. Thanks.

  19. Tereza
    January 31, 2011 / 7:22 pm

    Very Cute cupcake! thanks for showing how to make the bow.

  20. Amanda
    March 14, 2011 / 5:49 pm

    Is to possible to post the recipe for the cupcakes and frosting? It would be great! Thanks ­čÖé

  21. Krystle & Felicity
    May 21, 2011 / 3:35 pm

    These looks perfect! I love your blog. I cannot believe that I've only just found it. It's so inspiring (and also bad for my diabetes lol)! :p

  22. Traylor Made Treats
    March 12, 2012 / 3:10 am

    This was very helpful! Thank you!

  23. Vishnu
    September 11, 2018 / 5:27 am

    How many grams of fondant?

    • September 11, 2018 / 7:09 am

      Just buy a 250g pack and use what you need. It’s not exact.

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