How to create Ruffle Waves Tutorial

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Recently I asked what kind of tutorials everyone would love to see me create and I had quite a few people ask for more ruffle tutorials. So this week I’m showing you how to create this ruffle style cake that I really think looks like waves. I love this modern ruffle effect. It’s so easy to create and looks perfect for under the sea or ocean themed cakes. You can also make it in any colour to match the theme of your occasion.

Below you’ll find my NEW step by step video tutorial to guide you through how to make it yourself.

Please note some of the items in this post have been gifted. Also some of the links within this post are affiliate links. If you click the link and purchase any item through that link, I will receive a small commission from the website but this does NOT add any additional costs to you.

How to create ruffle waves for your cakes

Click below to watch how to make the ruffles ⇩

The Fondant

Different brands of fondant are sometimes a little different to use. Some are softer than others and some have more elasticity to them which makes them super stretchy. For this cake I used the SmartFlex velvet fondant. This is a really smooth fondant, but is a little firmer than some other brands. This with it’s elasticity made it a perfect choice for this ruffles as it means it holds it’s shape and this is really important with these waves as they are slightly curved over at the edges.

When making the strips for your cake you want to keep them quite thick, around 2mm in thickness. This really helps the ruffle not droop too much. The thinner the top edge the more the fondant just tends to keep folding over.

ruffles wave cake tutorial

Storing your cake

With this cake I thought it was quite important to talk about how to store it. In the video I talk about leaving it in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. This way the fondant can firm up and those ruffles hold their shape. One thing I would not advise is a cake like this being put in the fridge.

The reason for this is when the cake comes out the fridge, depending on the weather where you are, fondant tends to sweat due to the change in temperature. This can cause moisture on the surface of the fondant which can make it soft. If the fondant gets too soft the parts that you have pulled over could continue to fold over and peal away from the cake.

The Chocolate Balls

I don’t know about you but I think sprinkles always finish off a cake. Depending on the style of cake you’re creating you could leave it as it is, but I decided to add some chocolate balls by Happy Sprinkles. I used large chocolate balls, medium balls and metallic balls and loved how these really finished off the cake.

Happy Sprinkles chocolate balls


If you want to get your hands on some of the sprinkles Happy Sprinkles have kindly given me a 10% off discount code for me to share with you.

To receive 10% off Happy Sprinkles all you need to do is visit their website www.happysprinkles.com or The Cake Decorating Company and enter the code HAPPYLYNZ10 at the checkout! (This code can not be combined with any other discounts)

I really hope you enjoy the tutorial and will be able to use this effect on your own cakes. If you haven’t already you can subscribe to my YouTube channel for more Free cake decorating video tutorials.

Tools I used

I have put a list below showing all the tools that I used throughout this video or if you would like to see all my favourite cake decorating tools just click here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/cakesbylynz

Smart Flex Fondant: https://tidd.ly/3fa7e20
Edible glue: http://amzn.to/2iYkZXm
Colour Splash Blue: https://tidd.ly/3B3pmob
Cornflour Pot: https://tidd.ly/3qwDMrX
Turntable: https://amzn.to/3Q6LPYa
Happy Sprinkles: https://www.happysprinkles.com/en (Get 10% off with code ‘HAPPYLYNZ10’)

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ruffle waves cake tutorial

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Hi, I’m Lynsey and welcome to Cakes by Lynz. I LOVE everything cake! Here you will find all my latest cake decorating video tutorials from my YouTube channel, reviews and general cake ramblings!

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