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Friday, December 10, 2010

Gelatine Bow

Gelatine Bow

This is my first time working with gelatine like this!  I've jumped on the band wagon and am sold.  Finally, I read the cakecentral.com article: How To Make Gelatin Flowers and Bows.  Is it gelatin or gelatine?  Spell check says it's gelatin but the dang box says gelatine ...

Before trying this, it might be useful to read this very long thread from the cakecentral forums.  Watch this awesome video for flowers here: http://www.cakeconnection.com/gelatin_art.php.

  • 2 packets of unflavored gelatine (1/4 oz each pack)
  • 1 oz + 3 tsp water (I think...)
  • blue liquid food coloring

Turns out I would have preferred a much deeper color than this.

This is the scum off the top after letting it sit for 7 minutes.

If you work on a silicon mat, put something white underneath (e.g. freezer paper or a towel) so you can see what you're doing. 

Here's me not knowing what I'm doing.
What I also did not know was that I wasn't keeping the mixture hot enough.  After reading the forum thread, I should have microwaved it longer at first, and then maybe again during application.  It lumped up while I was brushing so I didn't really get an even coat.  I got holes in some areas.

I tried it on freezer paper too.  Much easier to see what was going on.

After ~18 hours.

You can see it curls and pulls away from the surface that it was on.

It's like working with thin sheets of plastic film or acetate.  I cut several strips and glued them together with piping gel.  The better glue would be to use left over gelatine, but I had already dumped it in the drain.  NEXT TIME I should let it set until firm, then put it in a plastic bag and store in the fridge until I need it.  It can be re-heated back to liquid form.

Clothespins helped hold the loops while the glue set.

It quickly separated soon after this pic, but meh, next time I'll do it right.

  • mixture not hot enough
  • not enough coloring
  • improper glue
  • general ignorance for how to make a bow!
I WILL try again.  These would be awesome cake toppers for Christmas!


  1. You made it look very easy. I want to give this a shot too. Can i use the gel wilton colors or does it have to be liquid coloring?

  2. I think you can use gel colors, but it just might take a little more elbow grease to mix it in.

  3. this is a good idea, I make this, Thanks


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