DIY: Bowtie & Mustache Cake

Our contributor, Miso of Miso Bakes, is here with a new tutorial just in time for Father’s Day

DIY Bowtie & Mustache Cake for Father's Day | by Miso Bakes |

Father’s Day is this weekend and I have a really simple and easy cake design to share with all of you…  a Mustache & Bowtie Cake!

DIY Bowtie & Mustache Cake for Father's Day | by Miso Bakes |

a DIY by Miso Bakes


  • Cakes baked and covered in buttercream or fondant, depending on preference
  • Black (or color of choice) gumpaste for mustache
  • Colored fondant of choice for bowties
  • Template of mustache drawn or downloaded and printed onto cardstock
  • Exacto knife
  • Water
  • 2 toothpicks or skewers

Mustache Topper (make at least 1 day ahead)

STEP 1:  Draw, or download and print, a mustache onto thick cardstock.  Cut using scissors.

STEP 2:  Roll out black (or color of choice) gumpaste, place template on top, and trace using an exacto knife.  (Tip: It helps to smear a very thin layer of shortening on the surface of gumpaste before placing template on top.  It prevents it from sliding around.)

STEP 3:  Carefully peel away the scraps and insert toothpicks. Let it dry completely.

Bowties (can be made day of or in advance)

STEP 4:  Roll fondant out and cut out a rectangle.

STEP 5:  Gather the center and pinch to hold shape. Cut out a small strip of fondant as wide as the gathered point. (Picture 4)

STEP 6:  Wrap the strip around the point and adhere with water.

STEP 7:  Let bow sit for a few minutes so it firms up and holds its shape before adhering to cake. At this point, you may make more bowties.

To Complete Cake:

STEP 8:  Carefully insert mustache topper to top of cake.

STEP 9:  To adhere bowties to fondant covered cakes, use a bit of water. For buttercream cakes, gently place bowties in place.

DIY Bowtie & Mustache Cake for Father's Day | by Miso Bakes |

Yay! You have completed your cake!  Extremely simple, right?  I think this would also make a cute birthday cake!

This cake may be easily customized to your liking.  For example, if you think it is too simple the way it is, you may add suspenders!

DIY Bowtie & Mustache Cake for Father's Day | by Miso Bakes |

This was achieved by gluing two strips of fondant onto the cake. The buckles were made of four strips of gumpaste glued together to form a rectangle and then painted with a mixture of gold luster dust and vodka. Simple!

Happy Caking and Happy Father’s Day!


Miso is based in Los Angeles where she is a cake designer and teacher. She also travels internationally to share her craft and passion with others.


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    Nina says

    This cake design is perfect for my sister-in-law’s little man baby shower! Thanks for the inspiration!

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