Who doesn't love ruffles? Let's find out how to make this glorious texture you are seeing everywhere!
Now that you have gathered up your supplies we are ready to get started on the ruffles!
First we need to roll out each color of fondant. If you are working with a regular mat, roll out one color at a time, starting with your bottom layer and keep the other fondant wrapped tightly in plastic wrap.
Cut each strip into pieces about 4-5 inches long and 1-2 inches wide. Ruffles are much more manageable in smaller pieces.
Now that everything is cut, we are ready to begin ruffling. Grab your foam and your ball tool.
Starting with your bottom color, take one strip of fondant and place it on your sponge or foam board, then using your ball tool, gently run the ball tool along one edge, keeping the ball halfway on the fondant and halfway on the foam. You do not need to twist the ball tool. Hold it steady and gently glide it along the edge of the fondant. This will help thin and ruffle the edge.
Once it is ruffled, pick up your fondant strip and begin to gather the side you did not use the ball tool on (the back side of the ruffle). Fondant works almost like fabric in this case.
Once you have it gathered, wet your paint brush with water and paint the area where you plan to place your ruffle. Water works better than alcohol in this case because the alcohol will dry too quickly and the ruffles will not stick as well.
Gently place your fondant ruffle on your cake and press the back side down to help lift the ruffles up and attach the ruffles to the cake, if you find you have gathered your back side of the ruffle too much, you can always spread it back out. Continue this process until all your ruffles are attached, working with one layer at a time. Since we are working with small pieces make sure the ends of your ruffles match up with the next one. I chose to design my cake with the ruffles going across and up the cake, because I thought it was pretty and a great way to highlight the ruffle technique.
Once you have finished the bottom row of ruffles, start on the second row and then move to the third. For this design you can choose to start at the top of the cake or at the bottom, just remember as you design and start your own ruffle cakes, it can be very important to know where you are going and where you want the ruffles to end.
Once you have all of your ruffles on, you can finish off the back side of the ruffles with a strip of fondant or a bead border.
Add a few finishing touches, and you have a fun and beautiful ruffle cake!
You can learn more about making beautiful fondant ruffles with Maggie Austin in her Craftsy class Fondant Frills.