Sweet Polka Dot Bows & Buttons Cupcakes

November 6th, 2013 by Beth Veltman

Design inspiration is all around us. I was recently invited to a baby shower and was inspired by the adorable invitations. The invitations arrived wrapped in pink polka dotted brown ribbon adorned with pink buttons. Wilton’s Fabric Fondant and Gum Paste Mold made it easy for me to decorate cupcakes to match the invitations and achieve amazing results!

Wilton's Buttons & Bows Cupcakes

Tools I used…

Ready-To-Use Fondant
Ready-To-Use Gum Paste
Icing Color
Fabric Fondant & Gum Paste Mold
Tweezers (Clean & designated to food use only)
Modeling Tool Set
Round Decorating Tip (one with about a 1/8 inch opening)
Dusting Pouch
Flower Forming Cups
Food Safe Brush
50/50 mix of powdered sugar and cornstarch

1. Mix 50% fondant and 50% gum paste together until soft. Tint 3/4 of the mixture into the bow color, and tint the remaining 1/4 into the polka dot colors. I used brown and pink for this project.

2. Roll out a small ball of the polka dot color as thin as possible. Leave it exposed on the work surface to let dry for a few minutes.

Press Fondant/Gum Paste into Wilton's Fabric Mold

3. Lightly dust the silicone mold with a 50/50 mix of powdered sugar and cornstarch and press a small ball of ribbon color into the mold. Carefully remove and set aside.

Making Polka Dots for Fondant/Gum Paste Bows

4. Using the tip of the Round Decorating Tip, cut out approximately 16 dots of the polka dot color. After lightly dusting the silicone mold with powder again, use the tweezers to set each polka dot in the mold.

Making Fondant/Gum Paste Bows

5. Lightly dampen the food safe brush with water and very lightly brush the top of the already formed bow with it. Carefully set the bow back into the mold and press gently so the dots adhere to the moistened surface. Carefully remove the bow from the mold and set on a former to dry. If any powder remains on the bow’s surface, use the damp brush to wipe away.  Leave the bow to dry in a dry, cool (not refrigerated) place away from sunlight for 12-24 hours.

Fondant/Gum Paste Buttons & Bows

6. Decorate your iced cupcakes with the buttons and bows – and enjoy!

For more cupcake ideas, browse our Cupcake section before your next celebration.

Beth Veltman Beth Veltman is a Demand Planner for Wilton’s Forecasting team. She attended the Illinois Institute of Art & the College of DuPage where she earned two degrees in Retail Merchandising & Marketing, and Fashion Design. Outside of work, Beth enjoys family time with her son Garrett, crafting or sewing, and baking. After taking the Wilton Method classes, Beth developed a passion for creating delicious and gorgeous cupcakes – challenging herself to experiment with flavors and decorating mediums!

4 Replies

  1. Toni Cozzi says:

    Wow those are beautiful Beth I am sure they were very time consuming . The detail you put into them is perfect .

  2. MeinCupcake says:

    Hello Beth,

    as we take big care of Wilton products in Germany we love to see through the Wilton blog. This post I have to comment, because I really love the buttons and bows made with the Fabric mold of Wilton. You chose a really amazing color combination of brown and pink colortones.

    Best regards from Germany
    Tom of MeinCupcake

  3. Spencer says:

    Those cupcakes look amazing! What a fabulous idea for a wedding buffet.

  4. Lori Mertz says:

    Don”t have a website yet, I”m trying to create a blog with photo”s of my work.

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