Happy Birthday to my sweet sweet friend Alyssa!!!
You are SUCH a joy to me and I have treasured our friendship over these past years!! I pray immense blessings upon your life and the lives of your sweet girls and wonderful husband! You are such a light, have such a generous heart, love the Lord with all your soul and desire to bless those around you! Thank you for being in my life, for your sweet smiling face and your “squishy” hugs! Thank you for blessing me in so many ways!! I am so lucky to know you!
Alyssa and I just returned from a Mom’s Heart Conference in southern California last weekend! It was an AMAZING experience and I look forward to sharing more with you in posts down the road. I’m learning SO much about the plans the Lord has for family and how IMMENSELY important my role as a mom is in the lives of my sweet kiddos! I have not had the joy I should in caring for my kids!! They are these amazing gifts from Heaven and I get to influence their lives forever! I get to inspire them to live lives of excellence and share with them the love of Christ! – what a calling…what a responsibility! – and what a JOY it is when I do it with my whole heart!! Thank you Sally Clarkson for the conference and for all the wonderful speakers! I was challenged and feel refreshed and recharged with a beautiful vision for what God has called me to be…
a whole-hearted mom!
So, what does all that have to do with this beautiful buttercream frills/ruffle cake???
Well, I’m not sure! – I just am sooo happy right now and because my sweet friend Alyssa was with me, I had to mention it because this is her b-day cake after all! Although…it sorta turned out looking like a wedding cake!! LOL!! Oh well…it’s the heart that matters! I wanted her to have a b-day cake tonight for her big family dinner…and because I’m trying to do my best at being a whole-hearted mama and spending lots of time loving on my kids…I can’t make a big ol’ fondant cake! :) But, I wanted it to still be beautiful, like my friend, and I’ve been wanting to try doing buttercream frills because I knew it’d be SO much faster than fondant frills!! – and it WAS!!! I LOVE the look of it and I was able to do the actual ruffle part in less than 45 min! WAY faster than fondant!
See…it looks like a wedding cake! – sorry Alyssa! :) But, it still is pretty and feminine just like you!
How SWEET are these ruffles!! I love how it turned out!! – and so did my daughter! She was hovering in the kitchen watching me do this and kept saying, “Mom, I love it!” – and so she became my photographer in the how-to pics!! I couldn’t hold the piping bag, turn the table and take pics…and she was so excited to help! So, the following how-to pictures are brought to you by my sweet 7 year old!!
Thanks Raquelle!! Mama loves you!!
In order to pull off this design, you need a petal tip! I used this one…the Ateco #104. Wilton also makes one just like it. Now that I’ve used this smaller one, I’d love to play with a larger one! I’ll have to go shopping! I also used Swiss-meringue butttercream for that beautiful piped creamy yummy goodness! :) This is a 6″ round cake with 6 layers of cake and 5 layers of filling. I used about 30oz of buttercream frosting in case you wanted to know! :) You’d want to make more to have enough for scraping and smoothing, but that was how much mine weighed out to be exactly.
I crumb coated the cake using the upside down frosting technique. I’m so excited because I show you how to do this in my upcoming video! – should be out the end of February! – stay tuned.
Once you crumb coat the cake, I chilled it so that it was nice and firm. Notice I didn’t spend much time filling in any little air bubbles or making the crumb coat perfect because it’s all going to be covered by ruffles. Just make sure the top is nice and smooth if possible.
Start your tip at the top, keeping the fat part of the tip pointed down and slightly against the cake and the skinny part point up and away from the cake…that will be the ruffle part. Now, I don’t have the steadiest hand, which is actually great! The more you wiggle, the better your ruffles look! So, don’t worry about it. I supported my right elbow/arm on the counter and rotated the turn table keeping my right hand steady thereby creating a pretty level line. Then, move the tip down so it’s half way between the line above and start another row. Keep going all the way to the bottom.
I added a little pearl border at the bottom to cover up some of the full ruffle. It needed a little something down there!
Now, if you want to add a little bow, all I did was stop after the fourth row of buttercream, added a fondant band and continued with the piping. Super simple! – and gives you a splash of color…especially on a taller cake. I would have loved to have created some beautiful flowers for this cake, but alas…I’m busy being a whole-hearted mom! – well…trying…between buttercream ruffles – got to love nap time! hehe
Now, if you need a “quick” and beautiful cake for a friend…you can try this one! Happy ruffling with your buttercream!
Hugs to all my sweet blogger friends out there! Now, go hug your kids!!!