How to Make a Ruffle Cake

filed under: Cakes on December 12, 2013

… in four minutes flat.

I shared this image awhile back.

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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. 🙂

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  • Wendy says:

    Gorgeous! What recipe did you use for the layers???

    • Amanda says:

      You can use any white cake recipe and tint the batter, or do white cake and tint green and then a red velvet cake for the center layer. 🙂

  • Barbara @ Barbara Bakes says:

    Fun video. You make it look so easy.

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you!

  • Karen L in Arkansas says:

    Great looking cake! You are so inspiring. I make a lot of cakes, but none are very pretty. I think I will try this and see what happens. Thanks!

  • Mercedes says:

    So pretty and festive!

  • Beth @ bethcakes says:

    Love this cake! So gorgeous. It’s pretty impressive that you can do that many things at once and still make such a pretty cake. Mine would have ended up on the floor or something. 🙂

  • April says:

    Hey, considering your 4 year old spun the cake for you, I’d say it’s a masterpiece! It is really beautiful along with the others you posted. I love the inside layers of green and brown. Gorgeous!

  • Janice says:

    Hey, Thanks so much the grandkids will love this for Christmas.

  • jaimee co says:

    I like beautiful! I will try this on my mom and dads aniv. Hope I will not mess it..:(

  • Sharon Phelps says:

    Beautiful cakes and thanks so much for sharing how to do this with us. I get so many good ideas, tips and tutorials from you and other cake decorators/bakers. Thanks for being so generous 🙂

  • Tonia says:

    Gorgeous! I have so much to learn about decorating cakes. Thanks for stopping by my blog. How cool that you and Judi are neighbors! I look forward to getting to know you and your blog.

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    You know I just adore you. And I seriously love this simple and elegant design. Aaaaand let me just say that I cannot for the life of me cut such a beautifully perfect slice of cake. I mean that. It’s kike you are some kind of cake wizard. 😉

  • Mila Furman says:

    Simply gorgeous as always!

  • lyndsay // coco cake land says:

    ahhh it’s perfect, wonky, one handed and with cakestand turned by your daughter and all! xo

  • Dawn says:

    You should make videos of how all the cakes were bake! 🙂

  • Elise says:

    this is amazing! any recommendations on tips to use if you don’t have access to a 127? looking to trial this out in a few weeks and cannot find a 127 locally or for any decent price online 🙁