Today I'm going to share with you How to make a Poofy Bow! This is a 2 part tutorial... so grab a drink and stay a while!
First up, don't you hate it when you read a recipe all the way to the end to find out something is going to take exponentially longer than you planned? I do!
So, let me say up front that generally speaking, you cannot do this in a single day! You will need at least one day of dry time, but 2-3 days is better!
So, let's get started! Here's a list of what you'll need. Everything is not in the picture and you can probably substitute for some of these items, but this is everything I used.
- Gumpaste (which is what I recommend strongly!!) or fondant with Tylose powder added (about 1 pound)
- Rolling Pin
- Ribbon Cutter
- Sugar Glue (or water with a tiny amount Tylose powder added)
- Paint Brush
- White Chocolate
- Round Cookie Cutter (about 3.5")
- Pastry Wheel or Pizza Cutter
- Plastic Wrap
- Cookie Sheet, dusted with corn starch
Today I wanted to share a tutorial on how to make a pretty poofy bow with fondant or gum paste. For this post I'll be using Wilton gum paste (and referring to it), but you could also do homemade fondant with Tylose powder added. If you use fondant, it will need longer to dry and there is a possibility it won't ever get completely hard if you don't use enough tylose - that's why I really recommend gum paste!!
If you do choose to go with fondant, I don't usually measure, but my estimate is that you'll need 2-3 tsp. of Tylose per pound of fondant.
My first step is to make a round base for my bow. I roll out a small piece of gum paste, then cut a 3.5" circle. This is a super easy step.. just cut it and set it on your cookie sheet to dry.
You do not want this gum paste paper thin... maybe an ⅛th".
After you've done that, take about half of your remaining gum paste and knead it until it's soft and pliable (keep the other half wrapped so it doesn't dry out). Then roll it out pretty thin - large enough so that you can cut strips 7" long.
I roll mine out on a flexible cutting board (I bought this cheap set of 5 and use them all the time!) with a thin layer of shortening on it to prevent sticking! Any smooth surface will work. After it's rolled out, trim it on all sides - but again, make sure it's at least 7" long in one direction.
If you don't have a ribbon cutter, you could do all of this cutting with a pastry wheel and a ruler. My ribbons are each 1.5" wide. I do 3-4 strips at a time and make my loops, then roll out again, do 3-4 more, etc.
Note: the 7" long loops give you a bow that is about 6" in diameter. You can see this on a cake in part 2 of the poofy bow tutorial!
Back to your ribbons...
So, after I get a few strips of ribbon cut, I flip one over and paint each end with sugar glue. As I stated above, you can use water, but the glue is thicker and doesn't drip as easily (ie., I don't make nearly as big of a mess with it)! After it's painted, I pinch the ends to make them stick.
I try do a special little tri-fold. I don't know how to explain it, but I think you can see it in these pictures...