I want to make straight ruffles but i have no clue how to do this. Can anyone help me?
Welcome to cake central. There are many, many different kinds of ruffles. Can you be a bit more specific, perhaps a photo or reference?
I too am not certain what you want to do with the ruffles, are they for the top of a cake like this one? These are done by rolling your fondant a bit thicker than for flower petals. I cut rectangles, say 5" wide by 3" tall. I gather the top from left to right using the 5" width. You can accordion pleat the strip by hand or lay bamboo skewers under the paste about 1/2" apart, Then place more bamboo skewers on top, just inbetween the space left by the bottom ones. Now with the index finger and thumb of both hands, left hand on the top of the bamboo skewers, right hand on the bottom ones, begin moving the sides in until they meet in the center by pinching all the top skewers together, and all the bottom at the same time. Now carefully slide out the bottom skewers, and carefully lift off the top skewers. Pick the pleated or gathered paste up in your hand and pinch the top edge together fairly tightly, that will cause the other end to fan out and that becomes your ruffle. Lay the first row on the cake top with just a bit overhanging the edge of the cake, go all the way around in a circle, the next row overlaps the first row just a bit at the back. Each row goes on this way, but to get them to stand up, gently press down on the pinched back of the ruffle till it attaches to the icing. Each row press the backs a bit more, by the time you get to the center they should be standing upright. I can't tell you exactly how many ruffles it will take, it depends on the size of your cake and how closely you place them on the cake. This was a 10" round and probably took 50 ruffles to cover. You can also make a smaller ruffle by making them only 2" tall, but I like the casual look of the larger ones. Just don't make your rectangle any longer than you can handle comfortably without it tearing the fondant. 5" is a good width for me.
That is a beautiful cake.
Thank you BW.
Thank you BW.
sorry to highjack the thread, But I have to ask, did you make the cigarillos yourself?
Wow that is a beautiful cake.
No BW, I purchase them. They are too time consuming to make and I know if I buy them from Marque Foods they will all be the same length and thickness. I am guessing they are rolled by machine. Here's a link, scroll down to LU Pencils and Mona Lisa Cigarettes.
And, thank you ssunshine.
. . . great link . . . thanx for sharing