Guide to Sugar Ruffles

There are so many ways to add ruffle textures to your cake. Sugar ruffles add a beautiful touch and are created with fondant. There are so many different styles of ruffles and sometimes it can be difficult to choose the right style of ruffle for your cake design. The designs below are just some of the many ways you can add ruffle textures to your cakes. Remember that some ruffles may look better than others based on the way you choose to decorate the remainder of your cake


These ruffles are made using rose petal cutters and give a stunning symmetric texture on a cake. This is a great way to add some life to a cake without adding too much volume. Also it is one of the easiest ruffles to add onto a cake and the final result looks brilliant. These ruffles are best placed only onto the bottom tier of a cake.



Circular ruffles are made using circle cutters and give a very rough textured finish to a cake. They are perfect for wedding cakes and unlike and rose petal ruffles, work great when applied on more than one tier of the entire cake. The final result gives a lot of volume to a cake and is very impressive. Learn how to achieve this look in our ruffled wedding cake tutorial.




These ruffles are one of the most popular ruffles we make. They give a stunning texture and are great for achieving oversized volume on a cake. The final presentation gives great shadows to the overall look which gives depth and is great for photography . With this effect, you can either cover the whole tier with ruffles or you can add some texture in between as we show on the metallic beading cake tutorial.

Theses ruffles are more time consuming to be placed onto the cake than the rose petal ruffles however the final outcome is definitely worth the work. This method required twice the amount of fondant as the rose petals and so if you or a client is after something more budget focused, we recommend the rose petal ruffles as they require less time to be placed on the cake and less fondant.



Frill ruffles are mostly used for birthday cakes however they can also look great on a wedding cake. The trendy way to use this method at the moment is by giving the ruffles an ombre effect which gradually changes the colour from light colour to dark colour. You can watch how this effect is achieved in our ombre ruffle tutorial.

These ruffles are placed horizontally onto a cake to form the ruffle effect and adds a more uniform texture when compared to other ruffles. To make this effect even more elegant, paint the tips with lustre or even edible gold paint to give an eye opening finish to your cake.



What can we say about the rosette ruffles? This effect looks absolutely amazing. These gorgeous ruffles reflect a shape of a rose and are typically used on the bottom tier of a cake. They are also one of the most difficult ruffles to achieve. This technique requires a lot of fondant and will require around three times more fondant than the rose petal ruffles.

When making this particular ruffle effect we highly recommend using an extended tier (6 inches high) as this will allow the ruffles to flow well and give enough room to give the rose effect. This fashion inspired ruffle will blow anyone away. While it is a very time consuming ruffle, the time spent is well worth the final outcome. On the rosette ruffle cake tutorial we will show you how to achieve a perfect ruffle finish step-by-step.


There are so many ways to play with ruffle effects on cakes. They are very trendy at the moment and will most likely be very popular in years to come as well. Remember to use your imagination to create your own ruffle techniques. Happy caking!

  • 30.11.16 Designing a Cake
  • 12.09.16 Preparing to make your cake
  • 30.11.16 Working with Fondant