How to Make a Ruffle Cake

… in four minutes flat.

I shared this image awhile back.

Decorated Cakes by iambaker.net

 

Many of you asked for a tutorial on the chocolate ruffle cake and here it is.  However, I must mention something.  I sorta got a crazy idea and it ended up not going as planned so this tutorial is going to be a little different.  See, I decide to help add a visual aid so I did a 15 second video tutorial and posted it on Instagram.

Insert dramatic music here.

Since I had to film it with one hand and pipe with the other… well.  It wasn’t pretty.  Or very effective in terms of being a “tutorial”.

Lets just say this; if you take the time to actually pay close attention to what you are doing and apply even pressure and be consistent, you can get the pretty ruffles like above.  If you rush through it and have your four year old turn the cake stand while you are trying to simultaneously film and pipe you may end up with a wonky ruffle cake like I am about to show you.

Moral of the story:  Do as I say and not as I do.

Thank you.

Quickest and Easiest Ruffle Cake Ever!!

The concept is very simple!

Place crumb-coated cake on a cake stand.  Fill a pastry bag with a 127 tip and your choice of frosting. (I like this perfect buttercream as it is very white!)

Starting at the bottom edge of the cake hold the tip very close to the base of the cake.  With one hand, start applying pressure to the bag of frosting.

Start turing your cake stand with your other hand.  Keep applying pressure and move around base of cake.  When you have gone around the cake once simply move your hand (the hand holding the bag of frosting) upwards about an inch and continue piping, making sure to overlap.  You will continue this up and around the cake.

When you get to the top, repeat the same process, just making your circle smaller and smaller until you reach the center.

How to Make a Ruffle Cake in Five Minutes!

Now.  Scroll back up and look at the picture with the chocolate ruffle cake.  I did that cake in five minutes too, I just tried a bit harder.  This white ruffle cake is a bit sloppy for my taste, but I hope you get the jist of it.

Next time  I won’t do three things at once.

Who am I kidding.  I am a mom of five, I will always be doing at least three things at once. :)

Christmas Ruffle Cake Tutorial

If you want to add some extra fun, trying making it a Christmas layer cake!

Christmas Ruffle Cake Tutorial

And that is my wonky ruffle cake with red and green layers.  Feel free to check out my 15 second (really, what was I thinking?!?!  A FIFTEEN SECOND tutorial???) tutorial on this on Instagram. :)

Christmas Surprise Inside Cake

I had no intention of sharing this cake.

Christmas Surprise Inside Cake #surpriseinside

Everything that could go wrong, did.

The multi-colored roses are oddly resembling a pile of mush.  The touch of green leaves is a more of a massive green undergrowth and has a life of its own.

Surprise Inside Cake!

And the inside… well.  Lets just say that was not my best work.

Its completely tilted over.

Christmas JOY Surprise Inside Cake #surpriseinside

Why on earth would it do that?  Maybe because I used the wrong cookie cutters when preparing my cake and they were too tall for the pan so I had to improvise and create a “wall” around the cake with parchment so when I poured the extra batter over the letters it wouldn’t spill out the sides which didn’t really work and the batter did spill out on all sides resembling a square mushroom that took 70 minutes to bake and ITS CROOKED.

CROOKED!

This cake that I spent many hours dreaming about and baking and decorating was a total failure.

Christmas Surprise Inside Cake #surpriseinside

But then I shared this picture on Instagram with the caption, “Guess what I am up to.”  and the adorable @achewycookie said,

“Spreading some JOY!”

And I was humbled.  Because most people don’t care about the dumb details like I obsessively do.

They just feel loved and appreciated when someone makes them a cake.  As they should.

So here it is.  The cake that should have been something else but isn’t so it is what it is.

Merry Christmas. :)

Chocolate Curls Christmas Cake

I know I said I would stop with the red and green but apparently I was totally lying.  Sorry.

I made a white cake, tinted some frosting red and green, then melted some chocolate.  Have you ever made chocolate curls?  I had tried once before.  It was a major fail.  I am pretty sure there were even some comments mocking my skills, and if they werent totally right I might have been upset.

Ok, so looks like I still have not mastered this technique.  I could not get one single perfect swirly curl.

I blame the red candy melts I used.  And the warm December weather. And that one boy in 2nd grade who called me 4-eyes. *cough*

Clearly I have issues.

In addition to sharing this sweet little Christmas cake with you, I also wanted to give you a chance to share something with someone you love.  Say that sentence three times fast.  Or dont.  Just remember I am not an English major.  I am not even an English minor.  Words. Good.

 

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