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FREE Peek into how I make my Signature Standup Ruffles

Finally, I can share with everyone how I make my signature Standup Ruffles as seen in my Modern Tropical Ruffles Cake below.  Since this tutorial was originally made for publication in Cake Decoration & Sugarcraft Magazine, I had to wait until the issue, came off sale.  I share key steps of the technique further in this post but having taken pics of all the steps for that tutorial, I had all the makings for creating my own paid tutorial in pdf version so have made it available in my SHOP.

The Violet Cake Shop - Modern Tropical Wedding Cake - Stand Up Ruffles

So if you could not get your hands on the magazine, you can now purchase your own copy of how to make this cake HERE.  I’m starting it off at an introductory price of just under $10 USD (depending on exchange rate as I can only price it in Canadian dollars in my SHOP).

BUT……..

I did promise in my previous post to share some key steps for my Signature Standup Ruffles, (which are great for making structured diagonal ruffles and many other directions, shapes, patterns and colour sequences), so here I go!

Oh…but another BUT first…….

**Keep in mind, I am generously sharing a technique that I came up with after experimenting with different ideas and theories on how I could make these ruffles in fondant/gumpaste so I ask you to please, out of professional courtesy, not share this technique in any way, whether in live classes or publications or in tutorials of any form (video, pdf file, pictorial, print, album on Facebook etc.), without my written consent.  If you must share, please share from this post or my Facebook page and give credit where credit is due!  Thanks so much!**

Now, back to the good stuff…

I first thought of doing these after seeing some beautiful buttercream piped versions done by Shannon Bond of Shannon Bond Cake Design.  But I suck at piping – I neither have the muscle strength in my arms to pipe a full tier, nor the steadiness needed.  So I set about looking for a fondant/gumpaste version.

I did a lot of research and never could find the tight, clean and structured look I was going for in the standard fondant or gumpaste ruffles because all of them lay flat against the surface of the cake and only the ruffled portion would dance a bit above it due to the frilling.  So I thought, ruffles would be so much more versatile if I could make them stand up.  Making them stand up would allow them to be manipulated more easily and used in different patterns, directions, colour sequences…

BUT…what would make ruffles stand up?  All ruffles I’d seen were thin and flat.  If I saw a ruffle effect that had pattern and structure, it was when people twirled strips of flat fondant that they folded lengthwise in half, like the technique used most often by Tortik Annuchka who’s work I discovered on Instagram.  But I know, having tried it, that this technique doesn’t give clean straight lines around a curved surface like those on cake.  So, it’s great for straight up and down vertical lines and bunched patterns, but was not as effective for straight diagonal lines.

Then I thought, what if I could make the bottom of a ruffle flat, so it could stand, and keep the top thin and frilly?  And the idea was born…

So here are pics of a few critical steps in the process of making my Signature Standup Ruffles along with a high level description…for more info or detailed instructions on how to create these, unfortunately you will need to purchase my tutorial.  But these steps below should be straight-forward enough for the seasoned cake decorator to figure out and use…and I hope they inspire others to use them in creative and new ways.

Sneak Peek into making my Signature Standup Ruffles:

My Signature Standup Ruffles FREE Peek - cover

 

TVCS - Modern Tropical Cake Seaside - 39 - wm

I roll out my paste using dowels as spacers, to get a thick, even strip

 

TVCS - Modern Tropical Cake Seaside - 40 - wm

I then thin out the top end of the strip to create a frilled or ruffled effect

 

TVCS - Modern Tropical Cake Seaside - 41 - wm

Next, I trim just under the ruffling where the paste is still thick

 

And here are just some of the other ways I’ve used them so far.  One design is for a collaboration that has not yet been revealed so I can only share a sneak peek of it…

The Violet Cake Shop MIL's Greenery 75th - diagonal stand up ruffles       The Violet Cake Shop - Elegant Indian Fashion Collaboration - Utsava

The Violet Cake Shop - Incredible India Elegance - IMG_9236 - ii - wm - cropped to ruffle

I hope you’ve found this post engaging and informative.  I’d love to see what you create using this ruffle idea.  Feel free to post pics of your creation on my Facebook page.

Remember, if you’d like to purchase the full tutorial with 44 pages jam-packed with detailed instructions, tips and techniques, and 64 high resolution pics and steps, teaching a variety of not seen before techniques, you can go to my shop on my Facebook page or click HERE.

Here is just a peek of what’s covered inside!

Modern Tropical Ruffles Wedding Cake Tutorial by The Violet Cake Shop - 08-05-17 - cover

Modern Tropical Ruffles Wedding Cake Tutorial by The Violet Cake Shop - 08-05-17 - content

OH and it happens to be on for half price as an introductory offer so you can get it for just under $10 USD for a limited time!  The price will go back up to $20 USD one week after my Facebook page hits 125K followers…which can be anytime.

Have fun and Happy Caking Y’ALL! =D


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First Birthday on Social Media

I am a mom of two (9 y/o boy and 2 y/o girl)…I used to be in Corporate Marketing Management for a leading telecommunications company for almost a decade until I decided to make a life change and start a family.  I started caking in 2008 so I could make my hubby’s 40th milestone birthday cake, and just practiced after that on family cakes for almost a year. By 2009 I expanded to taking orders for friends and referrals. During that time, I started my Facebook page (mostly for locals) and was pretty active on one of the cake decorating community sites for about 2 years, learning lots, reading all I could, viewing and commenting on cakes…and participating in forum discussions.

Those of you who’ve used Cake Central way back then, my user id was vlin28…you might remember me =).  Or you might not…it’s been a while… But I remember a lot of people I followed in the “old days” by different names too…I remember Jessica as mrsmudrash, Peggy as Peggyslee, Lesley as EnglishCakeLady and Sharon as SugarShack.  I found lots of cakers to follow on CC back then, but never really ventured to their FB pages as not many had them listed in their profiles in those days.

Eventually, I found myself steadily doing 2-3, then 3-4 cake orders per weekend and soon did not have time to even lift my head out from my powdered sugar cloud and quickly lost touch on that site. In late 2011 I took a break from taking orders as I got pregnant with my lil monkey and did not even so much as look at a cake on-line for almost two years. Once she was old enough, and less high maintenance, I started looking at cakes again but had discovered a new site (CakesDecor) and decided to post my first cake in over 3 years there.

Eva's 21st Tiffany Blue with Bows - twm

This was that cake and boy did it open a whole new world because I had tons of positive comments from posting it and found out quickly that NOW people were actively using their FB pages to network with other cakers! They had their FB urls in their signature and on their profiles. People from CD came to my FB page and commented and liked my posts! Wow…I had no idea….I had just over 700 FB friends at that time…

Why am I telling you all this you might ask? Well, because I just realized that this is my one year Anniversary of being part of FB Cakeyland and on social media, and I am so amazed at how everyone has embraced me and welcomed me. I am astounded at the opportunities I have had to make friends…real, tangible and meaningful friendships. I feel so blessed everyday for those I have e-met on-line through CD and FB, who provide me with support and encouragement during my caking ventures.  My hubby is happy too as he gets to hear less of my whining and complaining about the troubles and trials of caking…

So this is me…Violet…yes, there is a Violet behind The Violet Cake Shop…and I am 1 year old on FB this month, still a newborn on Twitter and in the world of blogging…maybe approaching 6 months on Pinterest…but still just beginning to learn all about networking with social media…and loving it every second!

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…and I’d like to thank you all for taking part in my journey over the last year! I really do appreciate everyone that follows me and who has commented on or liked a post or picture! Thanks for making this past year SO memorable. Violet =D

Here are some of the ways you can find me:

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and WordPress Blog…oh but you are already here… =P