Gosh DANG it this ruffle cake trend refuses to die. But there’s a reason, guys. RUFFLE CAKES ARE FRIGGING CUTE WITH A CAPITAL CAPS LOCK! Frilly up a cake and it’s perfect for every occasion. Mostly occasions that ladies are into, but hey – guys can enjoy a ruffle cake, too. So I’m going to show you how to put it in your bag and pipe it – how to make a ruffle cake! I know there’s plenty of ruffle cake tutorials using the petal tip, but I wanted to show you how simple it is with a friendly little leaf tip! I love this look especially because it looks like the cake is covered in old timey candy ribbons.
Frost and fill your cake as you would normally. See my post on how to frost a cake if you’re all dazed and confused!
Frost your cake prettily on the top, making it as smooth as possible – but don’t worry about the sides as they’re about to get their ruffle on.
Fill your buttercream with a JUMBOTRON SIZED leaf piping tip such as Wilton 113.
Place your piping bag at a 45 degree angle, starting at the bottom of your cake. Hold the bag with the piping tip “beak” pointing into the cake, so if you looked down at the piping tip you would be able to read the number.
Grazing the cake lightly with the piping tip, begin piping out. As you pipe, you will want to move both upwards with the piping bag as well as an “in and out” motion, lightly jabbing the cake with each ruffle piped.
Work your way to the top and then pull away.
Continue piping around the exterior of your cake until you’ve piped all of these adorable candy-ribbon like ruffles!
You can totally pipe the top of the cake too in ruffles – see this blue ruffle cake I made for ideas! I styled this one very simply here – just a cute lil blueberry doing its job.
I love using a single berry as a topper – this blueberry especially gives it a minimalist finish.
But you can style it any way you like, too: how about rainbow sprinkles? Perf for a kiddo birthday.
You can also add a monogram letter cake topper, too! I made this guy out of craft paper and a wooden skewer, but I love this candy melt idea: my post on how to make a monogram cake topper!
My sweet niece Kensie turns 5 today – I made this cake for her! She is very specific in her cake requests every year. This year, she asked for a rainbow cake with Princess Aurora and Mulan. She’s super into princesses… it seems inevitable with little girls! Anyone’s daughters or nieces or friend’s kids NOT into princesses? When I was a kid, I was into girly dolls too – but I was also into Transformers and He-man.
I drew a rendition of these two princesses, coloured them with felts and attached to wooden skewers to make custom cake toppers! I gave Princess Aurora some normal figured proportions (heehee) and I gave Mulan a sword! Yeah!
And here’s the final ruffle cake gone wild: radiant orchid purple, with pastel cake layers, sprinkles and hand drawn cake toppers! So you see, the ruffle cake really can go a number of different ways. How do you like your ruffle cake? :) I pretty much like mine sliced on a plate with a side of ice cream. Happy decorating, cake pals! xo Lyndsay
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