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Fondant Frills

with Maggie Austin
Couture cake artist Maggie Austin shows you how to create an elegant ombre cake with her signature – and secret! – frill technique.
Have you admired Maggie Austin's sophisticated frill cakes from afar and wondered, "How in the world does she do that?" Well, wonder no more – Maggie reveals her top-secret techniques on Craftsy! In this class, Maggie demonstrates every step involved in creating her signature frill ombré cake topped with sugar paste cabbage roses. Along the way, she shares industry know-how on cake display, artistic advice on color combinations, and her compelling cake story: how she overcame a career-ending injury, pursued a dream and built a thriving cake business.
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Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet Maggie Austin, and let your imagination run wild as you prepare to create your own fondant frills.


Lesson 2. Ombré Coloring


Lesson 3. Frilling


Lesson 4. Edging the Frills


Lesson 5. Making Gum Paste


Lesson 6. Inner Cabbage Rose Petals


Lesson 7. Outer Cabbage Rose Petals


Lesson 8. Coloring & Preparing Flowers


Lesson 9. Staging the Cake

"Maggie Austin's Fondant Frills was the first cake decorating class I had taken on Craftsy or otherwise. This class was truly inspiring because it not only teaches the secret to achieving Maggie's beautiful frill technique but also gives you insight into her design philosophy. Throughout the class she discusses the importance of imperfection and how it occurs in nature. She shows the class how to achieve it in your own work, whether it be frills or flowers."
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