Fondant Ruffled Rose Cake- Free Tutorial

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Our love for all things ruffled continues in this highly requested, elegant fondant cake design!  

We are so excited to offer this tutorial, as cakes dressed in ruffled roses continue to be in high demand year after year. Elegant Vintage Ruffled Rose Cake! A cake decorating video tutorial from Online Cake Decorating Classes & Recipes!


While creating ruffle roses is consuming, it is not a difficult technique to master.  In this video, we are going to demonstrate a couple of ways to create an elegant ruffled rose.

As an added bonus, you will learn to add a ridged texture to your fondant as well as a beautiful pearl and dragee accent border.

Enjoy the video! 

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(We started with 9 inch/6 inch/ 4 inch tiers covered with Liz Marek fondant. As usual, each tier is on it's own cardboard cake circle cut down to size.)

Fondant (we used Liz Marek's recipe)

Tylose Powder- We kneaded a small amount into our fondant to make it easier to handle.  Optional step. If you prefer not to use tylose, you may need to dry your strips a few minutes longer before they are ready to handle.  Also needed for "tylose glue".

Tylose Glue- (¼ tsp. tylose dissolved into 2 tablespoons warm water).  Piping gel is another option.

FMM Multi Ribbon Cutter for cutting our fondant strips.

Cel Pad-This makes frilling the edges much easier. You can try using a roll of paper towels or even your palm as your padded surface if you are in a pinch.

Ball Toll (I prefer a metal ball over plastic)- necessary if you'd like a frilled/ruffled look to your edges.

Clear vinyl/mat or plastic wrap to help keep the strips from drying too much after they've been out for several minutes

Circle cutter in the size that you would like for your rose centers to be (needed for one of our two ruffled rose methods)

Sugar pearls and dragees, pixie/shimmer dust is optional

Pearl Dust/Pearl Spray -Optional for pearlizing our tiers

Small paint brushes- helpful for brushing on adhesive.  Handles are useful too.  I also used a large Wilton brush to apply my pearl dust.

Gum paste tool/paint brush with a thin handle- for the middle tier design. I will link to the tool that I use...I believe that mine is for clay but they have very similar options for use with gum paste.  Mine are from Michael's craft store.

Toothpicks-Helpful for holding roses/ruffles in places as they set.  Just don't forget to remove them! ;0)Fondant Ruffled Roses Video Tutorial by



**In this video, I demonstrate two ruffled rose techniques. I want to thank my  friend Stephanie of Delicious Deliveries for sharing one of those methods with me, which involves building the rose onto fondant discs. Before that, I only had built roses directly onto the cake. Being able to prepare them in advance is a wonderful option. If you are not familiar with Stephanie's work, check her site out here...or her Facebook page out here! She is an amazing cake artist!

-In our video, I laid out our thinly rolled fondant strips to set up on the countertop.  After about 10 minutes or so, I flipped them so that both sides would have a turn at being exposed to the air.  For me, a total of 20-30 minutes on the counter worked well...but that amount of time will vary depending on several factors (humidity in your kitchen, brand or recipe of fondant, whether or not you used tylose,etc.)

-I kneaded a very small amount of tylose into my fondant so that the consistency was not quite as soft as straight fondant...but not as stiff as gum paste.  You may find that straight fondant works well for you.

-Don't allow your fondant strips to become too dry while sitting out.  I used my clear vinyl to keep them useable as I started the process of creating the roses. You could also use layers of plastic wrap or slide them into large ziplock bags.

-We made our centers for our roses the night before, and so they were still pliable the next day.  However, if you are working further in advance, or if you want to prevent them from becoming firm, you can slide them into a large ziplock bag.


Let us know if you have any questions!  I hope that you enjoy the tutorial!






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  1. Sorry for bothering you again, but im doing this for a wedding and am fairly new. If the cake is frosted would fondant roses look good or should they be buttercream also. The fondant roses are so easy for me. Also, can you tell me the size and colors of the edible pearls on the top layer. Where do i order them? Thanks again!

  2. Hi Tambra, I haven't tried applying fondant ruffled roses to buttercream, but my concern would be that the fondant may slide or be too heavy to be supported by buttercream. If you are frosting the cake in buttercream, I would do buttercream ruffled roses. --For the sugar pearls/dragees, I'm not attached to a particular brand or size. I'm using Wilton pearl sprinkles in the video, and also an India Tree brand of pearl dragees. If you have a Michael's nearby, they carry Wilton sugar pearls. I've seen India Tree products at Sur La Table, and I've bought sugar pearls from Williams Sonoma also. ( is a good place to order from and compare prices, etc.) - I hope this helps!

  3. Hi again. I seem to be struggling with getting my roses to ruffle. They keep losing the ruffle and flattening back out. I have to have this cake done by tomorrow and am starting to panic. Any ideas? Does it need more tylose powder? How much per pound of fondant is normally used? I have a picture but am not sure where to post it. Thank you!!

  4. Hi Tambra- I'm sorry that you are having a little trouble, don't panic! ;0) - I just added a small amount of tylose to my fondant because I just wanted to slightly stiffen it without turning it into gum paste. (The general rule of thumb that I go by for turning fondant into gum paste is 1 rounded tablespoon of tylose to 1 pound in this case, you would want to use less than that to keep it somewhat soft after setting up.) If it still seems too soft, try leaving the strips out for a few minutes before working with them so that they can slightly firm up. (Just be careful not to leave them uncovered too long or they may lose their flexibility.)

    It's a good sign that you are able to ruffle your may already be the proper consistency. It's easy to accidentally pull the strips too tightly as you are winding them around which would flatten them out. So, just be aware of this as you are winding them around. Once you've formed your rose, you can go back with a small paintbrush handle and manipulate the edge of the fondant strips here and there to create movement and ruffles. You can also sneak little pieces of paper towel or toothpicks into ruffles that need to be propped up a bit until the have a chance to set up. (Just be careful whenever using toothpicks that they are not inserted far, otherwise you may forget to remove!) ;0) -

    I hope this helps, let me know if you have any more questions.

  5. Hi Wen- It is showing for me and so it may be that your computer or device doesn't like the format (this can sometimes be a sign that something on your device needs an update...for example the browser, etc.) - If you scroll down beneath the Materials & Notes sections, you'll see an alternate video format. Does that one work for you?

  6. Hi Melissa, thank you for this awesome video. Would you be so kind, and tell me what size is the Cel pad, and where did you purchase it?Thank you!

  7. Hi Melissa: I have a request to make a wedding cake in buttercream with buttercream rosette ruffles. I have never done the rosettes in buttercream. I would like to know if you have a tutorial or could you recommend where I could get instructions on how to do them? Thanks

  8. Hi Romona- Do you mean a similar look to the bottom tier of this cake, but in buttercream? If so, we have done this here: