How to Make Buttercream Ruffle Cake

Use this quick and easy cake decorating tutorial to learn how to make buttercream ruffle cake with just Tip 104. Perfect for Valentine’s day parties!

I first saw this pink ruffle cake by Martha Stewart and I was absolutely smitten with the design.

Considering the fact that it only uses ONE decorating tip, I was amazed by how elegant it looked.

You can make ruffle cake using buttercream frosting or fondant but I prefer the frosting technique because it’s QUICK, EASY and SIMPLE.

Even beginners and others who have never decorated a cake in their life can make this cake.

This easy ruffle cake design would be perfect for:

  • Valentine’s Day
  • Mother’s Day
  • Anniversary parties
  • Birthday parties for girls
  • Weddings

By the way, I started icing this cake when our air conditioning wasn’t working, making my kitchen unbearably hot.

That was a BIG MISTAKE!  My buttercream icing became very soft and as you know, it’s very difficult to pipe with soft frosting.

It’s a good lesson for next time: NEVER ice a ruffle cake in a HOT kitchen!

MY OTHER RECIPES

Here are some TIPS for making this ruffle cake:

  • Like I mentioned earlier, NEVER ice a ruffle cake in a HOT kitchen. That’s because your icing will become very soft and difficult to handle.
  • Be sure to frost the entire cake in icing roughly and CHILL it in the fridge, which makes it easier for the buttercream ruffles to stick along the sides of the cake.
  • To SAVE some time, you can use store-bought cake and store-bought frosting. If you are using store-bought frosting, be sure to chill it in the fridge for 30 minutes so that it firms up a bit.
  • Keep the ruffled cake REFRIGERATED until you are ready to serve.
  • To make EVEN rows of ruffles, mark the roughly frosted cake with a butter knife and use that as a guide to make these frosting ruffles.
  • DON’T rush! Go slow and steady so that the ruffles are neat and aligned properly.
  • You can decorate the top with fresh edible flowers or even fresh fruits.
  • You can use chocolate buttercream frosting or even healthy coconut cream chocolate frosting to make chocolate ruffle cake.
  • Use all your leftover colored frostings from previous cakes to make a rainbow ruffle cake.
  • Use varying shades of the same colored frosting to make an ombre ruffle cake.
  • Frost a tiered cake and apply this same decorating technique to make a buttercream ruffle wedding cake.

How to make a ruffle cake? How to pipe ruffle cake?

Fill a piping bag with frosting and attach Tip 104. Place the tip along the bottom edge of the cake and start piping in a right left motion until you have a column of frosting ruffles. Continue piping columns of ruffles all around the cake until it’s fully covered in ruffles.

What tip to use for ruffle cake?

You need to use Wilton’s Tip 104, also known as the “leaf tip” or I like to call it the “buttercream ruffle tip.”

How to make a fondant ruffle cake?

That is made by cutting thin strips of fondant and ruffling the edges and sticking them all around the cake. It’s very time-consuming.

For this buttercream ruffle cake tutorial, you will need the following INGREDIENTS/ SUPPLIES:

Round moist red velvet cake recipe OR pink velvet cake
Strawberry buttercream frosting
Piping bag
Tip # 104 (Petal tip)

These are the INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Bake two 8 inch cakes and stack them on top of each other.
    Then, ice the cake in pink buttercream icing. You don’t have to be neat. The ruffles will hide all imperfections which is why I LOVE this cake!
    Chill the cake for about 30 minutes.
  2. Place your chilled cake on a turntable. Fill an icing bag with pink frosting and attach Wilton tip 104 . The tip has a broad end and a narrow end. The broad end should face the cake and narrow end should be facing you. Hold the bag at a 45 degree angle.
  3. Now, start squeezing and moving your bag right and left quickly while gently moving upwards on the cake and you will end up with columns of ruffles. Continue  doing this until the sides of your cake are fully covered in ruffles. The arrows in the tutorial picture show the directions in which your piping bag should be moving. Right, Left, Right, Left, Right, Left e.t.c.
    TIP: Before you start to pipe each column of ruffles, use a Kleenex to wipe off the tip so that each column looks neat.
  4. For the top of the cake, do the same thing. Start piping around the outer edge of the cake and continue to work your way inwards until the top is fully covered in ruffles too. You are done making your beautiful ruffle cake. Enjoy!

Well, that’s all for today.

If you liked this post, you may like some of these other Valentine’s Day cakes:

Raspberry Mousse Cake

 Chocolate Marshmallow Cake

Mini Love Letter Cakes

Easy Love Cake

Until next time, tata my lovelies!

66 comments on “How to Make Buttercream Ruffle Cake”

  1. What a beautiful cake! It would be so perfect for a ladies tea, or a baby shower too . Thanks for sharing the "how to". I took 4 Wilton Cake decorating courses years ago with my sister, and had a blast, but nothing like this! Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog yesterday. It made my day.

  2. i just have to say this is just so gorgeous! thanks so much for the tutorial totes gonna try it (:

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