If you’ve ever done a fully ruffled tier in any of your designs, even as small as 4″, you KNOW that they are absolutely TIME-CONSUMING, wow! I used to avoid including full ruffle tiers in my designs and almost NEVER used them for a celebration cake order because quite frankly, the client would cringe at the cost lol.
A single 7″ tier (at standard height of 4″) could take up to 11 hours or more depending on the type of ruffling you’re doing. Even with my innovative standup ruffling technique, which saves a bunch of time, it would still take upwards of 7 hours. With these new Simpress moulds by Marvelous Molds, it took me just 1.5 hours for the bottom of my niece’s recent wedding cake. And that included redoing one of the panels because I had a brain-fart and forgot to press firmly to pick up the details of the mould.
I could not have been happier with the results! Normally, I only use moulds if they add clean, ornate detailing that cannot be achieved manually. So ruffles, because I can make them by hand, would normally not be something I would consider using a mould for. Especially because I always felt the details on those I’ve seen made using other moulds, rarely looked natural or authentic.
The original plan for my niece’s wedding cake was to use my standup ruffling technique on the bottom tier. But when Marvelous Molds sent me their new line to review, I decided to test out the Scrunch Ruffle mould on a dummy and see if I liked it better. Well, I was SO happy with how natural and custom the ruffling looked, that I decided to go ahead and use it on her cake, which saved me hours and hours of work! Serious TIMESAVER I tell ya!! Now you KNOW, if I am using it on a cake for my niece’s most special day, it HAS to be fabulous.
On a side note, here is a rare pic of me with one of my cakes. I usually look like total crap after I finish a cake because I’m totally exhausted and disheveled after pulling an all-nighter, so never take pics with my creations. As you can see, I cleaned myself up enough to attend the wedding hence how I was able to take a pic, but if you look closely, my eyes are a bit glazed because I’m literally a walking zombie at this point haha!
So here is the promised mini-tutorial. It shows you my tried and tested way of using the Simpress line by Marvelous Molds and which actually works for any of their moulds including the Onlays. Enjoy and Happy Caking Y’ALL!!
Mini-Tutorial on how to use the new Scrunch Ruffle Simpress (and any other mould actually)…