A few weeks ago, it was my beautiful friend Mrs V’s birthday. Her amazing husband planned a fabulous day of girly activities for us ladies to celebrate her special day. We had a lovely lunch at a local cafe, followed by shopping, pedicures and all ending in a relaxing Sunday afternoon session of canapés, cocktails, and of course CAKE! Knowing how much Mrs V loves my cakes her husband asked if I could whip one up just for her and of course, I obliged, it was after all for the beautiful Mrs V!

Eclectic Handmade Creations | Ruffled Buttercream Frosting Cake

I had been dying to try out a new cake decorating method that I hadn’t had a reason to create (although all my co-works continually tell me that I don’t need a reason and that they will be more than happy to devour any test cake I create, how lovely and selfless of them). I had been drooling over the ruffle cakes that are so on tend right now, but I couldn’t spend days working on fondant ruffles. I was also dying to test out some of my new piping tips that I get for my birthday from Mr Hubby.

I jumped on YouTube to find a quick, easy, simple tutorial to follow and found a few different varieties that I quite liked. I thought that I would share my finds with you, these are just a few of the many tutorials on YouTube so if these ones aren’t exactly what you are after, there are many many more where these came from!

I also found this tutorial for perfectly pipe-able buttercream frosting. I found that when I made it, mine was a little on the thick side but I think that was because I didn’t beat it for long enough to aerate it and get it nice and fluffy; my poor old mixer finally gave out so I was trying to mix this by hand.

Helpful hints

  1. Take it nice and slow when you are first learning, going slower means you will have more control over the bag, the frosting and the ruffles.
  2. Do not fill up your pipping bag too full, as you will be going slow a full piping bag means that the frosting will sit in your warm hands for quite a while and your frosting will sort of melt a bit and make it really hard to do your ruffles.
  3. The 104 tip that is mentioned in the tutorials is a Wilton flower petal tip, if you want a smaller, tighter ruffle you could use the smaller Wilton 103 flower petal tip, like I did. You can buy these online through Amazon; this seller will ship to countries other than the US; Tip 103 or Tip 104.
  4. Don’t worry too much about being perfect, ruffles need some inconsistencies to look better.
  5. Keep the cake topper simple, let the ruffles be the show stopper.
  6. I put the cake in the fridge for 5-10mins after I finished piping the ruffles just to let the frosting set a little, as I had to drive the cake to the other side of town on a warm day.
  7. Above all else, have fun and enjoy the cake!

Eclectic Handmade Creations | Ruffled Buttercream Frosting Cake

Is there really anything quite like a slice of yummy cake and a nice glass of wine on a Sunday afternoon?

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