How to Make Edible Ribbon

by Kenneth Coppens ; Updated September 28, 2017

Edible ribbons look and taste great on a cake.

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Items you will need

  • Powdered sugar
  • Gum paste
  • Rolling pin
  • Fondant cutter
  • Ruler
  • Luster dust

Cake decorating is a culinary art with seemingly no boundaries or limitations. A decoration that can look good on almost any style of cake is edible ribbon. In most cases, edible ribbons are made with gum paste – a sugar-based material which is pliable yet strong. Gum paste has a soft ,claylike consistency which makes it easy to work with, regardless of previous experience with cake decorating. This material is available from most cake supply or craft stores.

Step 1

Coat a 1-square-foot section on the surface of a clean table or countertop with a light dusting of powdered sugar. The sugar will create a nonstick surface.

Step 2

Place a golf ball-sized piece of gum paste in the center of the powdered surface.

Step 3

Roll the gum paste to an even 1/8-inch-thick sheet with a plastic rolling pin. A long, rectangular sheet of gum paste is best for making ribbons.

Step 4

Cut the gum paste to the desired ribbon length and width with a fondant cutter. Fondant cutters are best to use, as the plastic cutting wheel will not damage the surface beneath the gum paste. Use a ruler as a guide to ensure straight cuts.

Step 5

Sprinkle luster dust over the gum paste to give it the appearance of shiny fabric ribbon.


  • Food coloring can be added to gum paste to make it any color. Add the food coloring and knead the gum paste until the color is evenly distributed. Continue to add food coloring until the gum paste reaches your desired color. Use gel or powdered coloring for best results.

    Rolled fondant can be used in place of gum paste, but it may not be as durable.

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About the Author

Kenneth Coppens began his freelance writing career in 2008. His passions in life consist of extensive personal research on food, gardening and finding natural and eco-friendly alternatives to nearly all aspects of life.