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Fondant Ruffles, Pleats & Drapes

with Marsha Winbeckler
Fondant Ruffles, Pleats & Drapes
Bring couture cake techniques into your kitchen as you learn classic fabric effects in fondant with Marsha Winbeckler.

Learn Marsha’s techniques to make sophisticated cakes with cascading drapes, delicate ruffles and precise pleats. Marsha treats fondant like fabric to create a wide range of fashion-inspired decorations for your cakes. Watch Marsha make a sea of folded, thinned and gathered ruffles. Explore classic pleating styles like box pleats and knife pleats. Form horizontal pleats that look like the gathers of a silk wedding dress. You’ll really feel like a cake designer when Marsha shows you how to fashion an exquisite five-layer ruffled flower and flawless swag drapes.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Meet Marsha Winbeckler

  • Meet your instructor Marsha Winbeckler, an accomplished decorator, teacher and editor.


Lesson 2. Folded Ruffles

  • Learn the basics of creating ruffles: rolling, cutting, folding and attaching them to a cake. Add luster and color and even make a sweet ruffle puff.


Lesson 3. Ruffles by Thinning

  • Thinning the edges of your fondant adds delicacy when creating ruffle ribbons and rosettes.


Lesson 4. Box Pleats

  • Use a former to create exquisite box pleats and arrange those pleats into elegant designs for your cake.


Lesson 5. Easy Knife Pleats

  • Make fabric-effect knife and folded pleats and then use a template to add movement and sophistication and learn to add pleats to the top of the cake, too.


Lesson 6. Horizontal & Draping Pleats

  • Horizontal and angled pleating are perfect when replicating wedding dresses or other fabric effects and Marsha tackles one last pleating option: gathered pleats.


Lesson 7. Drapes & Swags

  • Make opulent swags and drop drapes using a form you can easily make from dowels and a foam board and add extra extravagance with scalloped edges and textured fondant.


Lesson 8. Cascading Drapes

  • Marsha demonstrate how to make show-stopping cascading drapes that flow down two-tier cakes. Learn to finish your cake with a ribbon tail, ruffle flower or even a ribbon rose.

“Thank you, Marsha, for the great class. You are a wonderful teacher and explain the techniques so that they are easy to follow.”
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