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Ruffles are in and oh so stylish! Â
I am so excited to be bring you this new post after my long hiatus. It has been a busy few months of birthdays, holidays, and wedding shows - not to mention some studying for my grad school application! Â But here we meet again sharing more fun cake tricks.
It was during the preparation of the wedding show atÂ Simple Country Weddings in Elk GroveÂ that I began experimenting with fondant ruffles. Â The results were chic, stylish, and well received by many brides. Â This post is all about how to get that ruffle look on your fondant cake.
I prefer to work with homemade marshmallow fondant. Â Like I have written in my previous posts, I am a big, big, BIG fan of marshmallow fondant. Â It is relatively quick, simple (once you get the routine down - see my step by step method on myÂ blogÂ - scroll to bottom for steps!!), and less expensive compared to the national fondant brand. Â And - oh yeah - and it tastes great too!Â
The cake ruffle technique I actually derived from the same technique used to create a flower ruffle. Â With a little bit of practice you will too be able to make your own stylish piece. Â Let's get start with the ruffle flower.
The Ruffle Flower
Flower Drying Cups
Wilton ball fondant tool (optional)
1. Â OptionalÂ - Add Gum Tex to your fondant. Â This will allow your ruffle flower to dry much faster (1 day versus about 3 days without Gum Tex). Â You can purchase Gum Tex atÂ Every Baking MomentÂ in Dixon (a cake decorator's candy store!)
2. Â Dust your work surface with powdered sugar. Â Roll fondant out very thin (less than 1/8 in - just a little thicker than cardstock thin)
3. Â Cut out fondant rounds.
4. Â OptionalÂ - For an added realistic look use the ball tool around the edge to soften the fondant rounds.
5. Â Use your toothpick as show below. Â Apply slight pressure and roll the toothpick around the entire edge. Â You will see a ruffle effect starting to take shape. Â You can also see that here I did not use the ball tool.Â
7. Â Dab a little bit of water and on the back of each round and place them on top of each other accordingly.
8. Â Dab a little water at the flower center and place cute silver pearls (also know as dragees - and these are also available atÂ Every Baking MomentÂ in Dixon). Â Wait for the pearls to adhere before placing flower on the cake.
And now for the Ruffles*
Materials1 fondant covered cake
1 ball of fondant
Paintbrush & cup of water
Rotary Cutter for Fondant
* Sorry for the lack of pictures here. Â I will update this post with pictures when I make another one.
Steps1. Â Dust your work surface with powdered sugar. Â Roll out fondant thin similar to the ruffle flower.
2. Â Cut out a 1 inch strip about 8 inches or so... no need to be exact.
3. Â Roll the fondant strip further until it is paper thin. Â You will actually be able to start seeing through it. Â Trim edges straight.
4. Â Using a toothpick use the same rufflingÂ techniqueÂ as with the ruffle flower along one edge of the strip.
5. Â Work quickly and 'paint' your fondant covered cake along the top 1 inch of cake with water. Â Do not overdo the water; keep your cake free from water drips along the side.
6. Â Carefully and gently pick up fondant strip. Â Place the fondant strip along the water painted area with about 1/2 of the strip sticking up past the cake height. Â Press strip along cake side and repeat another strip to complete entire cake round.Â
7. Â Continue to work quickly as thin fondant can quickly dry out. Â using your fingers and/or a toothpick bend edges in the direction you like.
8. Â Repeat these steps for the entire cake working down toward the bottom. Â I like to use about 6 'ruffle' strips per 4" cake height.
Thanks for checking out this blog and I hope you have fun creating your ruffle cake! Â As usual here is our Marshmallow fondant recipe below and this time with pictures! Â For actual hands on lessons and cake classes check outÂ Every Baking MomentÂ in Dixon.Â
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