How to Make a Sugar Pom Pom, by Sophie Bifield

Sophie Bifield of Sophie Bifield Cake Company posted this amazing tutorial a while back and I had to share. This chic, contemporary cake (along with the entire styled dessert table she created) was featured on Amy Atlas' blog last year.  Sophie is one of the top cake designers in the city, and her creations always floor me. Here's a tutorial she put together to show us how to create this beautiful and relatively simple cake embellishment that will make your mother jealous.


Many of you have asked how the pom poms on this cake were made. So, here is a step by step tutorial that I have put together for you.


You will need:

  1.  Foam board
  2. Gumpaste
  3. Gum glue and paintbrush (or other edible glue)
  4. Rolling pin
  5. Ball tool
  6. Xacto knife
  7. Ruler

1. Break off a piece of gumpaste and roll it into a ball. This will be your base, so the size of your ball will determine the size of your pom pom and how many ruffles you will need to make.

Side note: These pom poms are quite heavy so be careful not to go to large. Most pom poms will need to be supported by wire, toothpicks or dowels.


2. Flatten the bottom of the ball so that the base sits flush against a surface. Set aside your base.

The flat edge will be the bottom of your pom pom, the part you attach to your cake.


3. Roll out the remainder of the gumpaste so that it's nice and thin.


4. Cut the rolled out gumpaste into small strips. About 2 - 3 inches long.


5. Use the ball tool to ruffle the edges of each of the strips. You only need to ruffle one side.


6. Pinch and gather each of the strips to form a small ruffle flower. (See Ruffled Flower Tutorial for Instructions)


7. Make a bunch of little ruffles. The size of your base will determine how many ruffles you will need.


8. Take your base and cover it in gum glue (gumpaste & water) or whichever edible glue you prefer working with.


9. Stick the ruffles around the edge of the base.


10. Stick another layer of ruffles on top of the first set of ruffles.


11. Continue to layer the ruffles until all of the gaps are filled in.


12. Let your pom pom dry before attaching to your cake.

If you are making larger pom poms, you will need to attach toothpicks, a wire or dowel before your pom pom has fully dried.

Please feel free to ask questions or leave comments below. We love to read your feedback. Happy Pom Pom making :)

Tutorial: Sophie Bifield / Photograph of Cake: Melanie Rebane Photography