Fondant Rose Ruffle Cake – Cake Decorating Tutorial
Have you tried making a Fondant Rose Ruffle cake yet? Ruffles look absolutely gorgeous on a cake, but they do take forever to finish. The plus about ruffles is that no matter how badly you think you made your ruffles they do end up look absolutely gorgeous. That’s just the nature of ruffle I think.
Now I’ve already shared with you how to make ruffles on my video Ruffle Wedding Cake The only difference is the way you attach your ruffles to the cake. Instead of placing it horizontally or vertically on the tier, you place it in a spiral.
The outcome of this will depend on how experienced you are with ruffles. For those who’ve worked with ruffle before it’s easier to handle, for an inexperienced hand it might be a trial and error. Having said that I do encourage you to try. It’s a lot easier than it looks.
The difficult part is that it involved lots and lots of ruffles so very time consuming. So if you choose to do this cake make sure you add the extra time needed into your cost price for the cake.
Prepare your 50/50 mix
I would recommend to use a 50/50 mix of fondant and gum paste as that would give you a better stretch.
In this case I had to use 100% fondant because the birthday girl was allergic to edible gum. So while I would prefer to roll the fondant really thin in this case I had to roll it a tad thicker. If you roll them thinner and have issues keep them upright. Just use toothpicks to hold them in place then take them off when they are a bit dry.
- As always start with your fondant covered tiers.
- Divide the cake and mark how many and how far you want your roses to be spaced. I have six dots made but I didn’t take a picture.
- I used my flexible measure tape – measured the circumference, divided that into six and made dots approximately. Not complicated right?
Roll your strips about 1/4 inch wide.
Ruffle the edges with the ball tool on the foam pad. Run the ball tool half on the pad and half on the edge in a firm and swift motion and you will have not wrinkles but a nice ruffle.
Now start placing your ruffle
- Brush the cake surface with some water – Not too much just enough to make it tacky. Too much water will make the ruffle move around and less water will not make them stick firmly. Don’t worry you will get a hang of it as you go.
- You can start from the inside out or from the outside in… I found this method from the middle works more better for me.
- You can see I have pinch some pleats along the way. That will come naturally with the spiral motion so don’t fight it. Just pinch the bottom on the cake as you go along.
- As you can see the bottom of your ruffle actually sits snug on the cake. Use the small side of your ball tool or the back of your paint brush to help press the ruffles – be gentle and don’t poke holes into the cake.
- Make a second ruffle exactly the same as the first and continue with the spiral as you did the first.
Make the center
- Now for the center I made the ruffle just the same way as above but I made the spiral in my hand and then stuck it in place on the cake nesting it neatly inside the ruffles made.
- Continue to make the outside petals. I added one more ruffle to this one before I moved on to make the next ruffle rose.
- You can make two or even three more until you reach the top edge of your cake.
- You see these gaps? Just fill them with more ruffles. You can continue to make them spriralling around the roses or just fill the gaps with neatly tucked ruffles like I am doing here.
And that’s it for this Ruffle Rose Cake.
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