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.