Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Ombre Ruffle Rose 80th Birthday Cake

Hi, I feel a little rusty as have not had a chance to blog for a while but here goes!
I was asked a while ago to make a pretty 80th birthday cake using a colour palette of lilac
and pink and here's what I came up with...

The ruffles are really easy to make (and quite addictive too!). I simply cut lengths of sugar paste then used a ball tool to ruffle the edges. I then stuck them to the cake sides from top to bottom using a little water as adhesive. To create the depth of ruffle, I concertinaed the strips as I stuck them on.
To create the ombre effect, I used a graduation of colours from top to bottom.
To get the colours right, I found it much easier to create a range of coloured sugar paste balls first and lie them next to each other on my worktop. Start light then darken to suit until you get the perfect colour mix.
I created the roses by making a cone of sugar paste for the centre, then wrapping cut circles
of thin sugar paste around it, tweaking the petals as you go to achieve a natural shape.
The roses were left to dry on greaseproof paper in a Yorkshire pudding tin, then dusted with
edible pearl lustre for a pretty sheen.
The 80 was made but pressing a Papermania 8 and 0 clear backed stamp into a thick section of rolled sugar paste, which I then cut out, left to dry, added the sheen and mini flowers.
I made the mini flowers using a metal cutter and molded them to a 3D shape and
used these to decorate the 80 and fill in any gaps!
Thank you for looking!
I would like to enter this cake into the Craft Blogging Central August challenge (I know it is not specifically craft but it is sugar craft so it may count!)
Jill x


  1. Wow!! Such beautiful colours Jill! Top job xx

  2. WOW Jill this is amazing. Loving the colours and the flowers looks fabulous.

    Linda xxx

  3. Beautifully decorated -- I would not have the patience! Looks too good to cut into. x

    1. Thank you Heather, looking at your gorgeous projects, I'm sure you would have the patience! X

  4. Hi Jill, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

    1. Hi Chris,
      Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I haven't had much time to blog recently but you have inspired me! I will definitely check your blog out, Jill x


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