I love, love, LOVE making "girly" cakes (not to sound sexist... boys can love pink things too, of course!)... anything pink and frilly, especially bows and ruffles! I made a frilly baby shower cake for a friend this weekend, and I took some pictures of the process so that I could share my ruffle tutorial with you! I have made ruffle cakes using a few different techniques, but this one seems to be the easiest, and produces the most consistent results. Here is a tutorial on the technique that I use to make them. Just for the record, I did not invent this method, and I have no idea who did; I just refined a technique that I found online to meet my needs. :-)
This is a quick tutorial, but the process is not quick, by any means. Ruffle-making is very time consuming. It's totally worth it, though!
Roll fondant out on parchment paper. Using two different-sized circle cutters, cut out some fondant "doughnuts." (I used five four-inch circles per row on a 10" diameter cake.) Next, cut a slit in each circle. *Note: if your fondant doesn't normally dry hard, or if it takes a long time to dry, mix a little bit of tylose powder into it.
This is what it looks like... Look at how frilly it is when you start to straighten it out! This technique worked so much better for me than starting with straight strips of fondant, because the circular strips have a natural tendency to pleat/ruffle as you straighten them.
Attach it to the cake with some piping gel, edible glue, or water. (I used piping gel, and it worked like a charm!)
Almost there! I hope you have lots of toothpicks on hand!
Finally! I ran out of toothpicks when I got to the top row. Luckily, the bottom rows were dry by then, so I could use those toothpicks.
Is this a cake or a porcupine?
After a couple of hours, when the ruffles feel hard to the touch, it's safe to remove all of the toothpicks. It's a time-consuming process, but it's totally worth it!
Here is the finished product: