Monday, March 12, 2012

Ombre Ruffle Cakes

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I love doing ruffle cakes.  Why? Because they are fast, easy, and look good.   But now I want to try to change up the norm and try some new kinds of ruffle cake.

And so I give you Extra Ruffly Ombre Ruffle Cake.  It is not just weird lighting, the frosting really is getting lighter.


First you will need to mix up your ombre colors.  I made the darkest color first and then added a little of it to the white to get the lightest color.  I made a little too much of the dark and ended up needing to make more of the lighter color before I was done.  I started out with only a little of the middle color because that was where I was planning on putting my leftovers.


So, doing a ruffle cake this way takes the fast element out of its awesomeness, but I do love the effect.  To get this look you use a leaf tip.  I used the largest one I had, Wilton 67.  To get the ombre effect, you will have to reload your frosting bag for every column.  Load your bag with a small spoon full of the dark, a small spoonful of the middle and a large spoonful of the light.   It is the same as a normal ruffle cake, you just point the tip down with one side against the cake and just go back and forth.  Go a little slower and you will get more ruffles.  And make sure you completely empty the bag before you start the next column.  I emptied my bag as much as I could before reloading it, but then I squeezed more out into the middle bowl until the frosting turned dark again and then I would frost the next column.


Also, I have learned that you should make lines for your columns in your crumb coat.  That way it is easier to make sure things stay even.

Mmmmm pretty ruffles...

Now I need to pause for a real life moment.
I usually try to do all my cake making at night when my kids are in bed, and this is why.  I finished the purple ruffle cake and looked down to see Bryce eating toast on the floor.  (At least the floor was clean...earlier that day anyway, and I did make the toast for him and I put it on a clean plate.)  Since I was in the kitchen, Bryce was in the kitchen too.  I love the upside down laundry basket he had used to get fruit snacks out of the pantry, the dining chair he had used the get a Simply Gogurt out of the fridge, and the now empty box of microwave popcorn.  And I would like to clarify that he was dressed earlier, but Bryce is an ALWAYS NEVER NUDE.  (meaning he is always in just a diaper)  I get him dressed and he takes it off,  I put jammies on him at bedtime and by morning he is in just a diaper again.  What's a girl to do?  He does stay dressed in public, at least.

Okay, back to cake.    Since this whole ombre frosting idea was new to me I wanted to experiment.  
So for Alan's cake I wanted to see what would happen if I just did a dark color at the bottom and then white.  So I used the good old rose tip that you would usually use to make ruffle cakes, but for kicks I 
also decided to see what would happen if I did the columns in a zig zag.


I feel like the zig zag was a bit of a FAIL.  I think it kinda looks like I just messed up.  Oh well now we know.


I do like the dark to white frosting look, but it is hard get an evening look.  By the end of the cake I was able to control the color flow a little better. 




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7 comments:

  1. I really need to get some frosting tips and start practicing this. These cakes are so pretty!

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  2. Oh my goodness....I just have to show this cake to my daughter...she'll flip...it's gorgeous! She's been looking for something different, and I'm sure this will fit the bill....thank you!
    p.s. I've always had a soft spot for a tattooed man....haaa!

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  3. wow!!!!

    I would love it if you could share this on my link party - Serenity Saturday
    http://serenityyou.blogspot.com/search/label/Serenity%20Saturday

    Natasha xxx

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  4. Beautiful! I've never thought to ruffle the icing. The color changing looks wonderful. This would be so pretty for Easter with Pastel colors. Found you on TT&J, just pinned this. Thanks for showing how to make it. Also, I like how your pin button lets you choose any photo from this post. I can't figure out how to do it. If you have time could you stop by my blog and tell me how in a comment (or email me). Thanks! - Victoria, www.obSEUSSed.com

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  5. Your cakes are gorgeous. I love the ruffled icing!

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