Ruffle Zoom


Ruffles add a decorative top border to your cakes or cupcakes. Pipe ruffles around plaques or to trim doll dresses or bonnets.
Skill Level: None

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Step 1

Fit decorating bag with petal decorating tip. Fill decorating bag 1/2 full or less with icing.

Step 2

Hold the decorating bag at a 45° angle at 3:00 (9:00 for left-handed decorators), with wide end of tip lightly touching surface and narrow end facing down and away from the surface.

Step 3
Step 3

As you keep the wide end of the tip against the cake, move your wrist up to pull up the icing; move wrist down to complete one wave of the ruffle.

Step 4
Step 4

Repeat this up and down motion as you move your arm along the surface of the cake for the entire ruffle.

Step 5
Step 5

To end the ruffle, bring tip back to the surface, stop pressure and pull tip away. Overlap the first ruffle wave with the last ruffle wave if making a continuous, circular border.

Step 6


Think about 2 motions, lifting narrow end of tip up and down, while moving around the cake. Always keep the wide end of the tip on the surface.

Moving your wrist quickly will give you a tight ruffle. For a looser look, move more slowly across the surface. Practice different looks to perfect your pressure control.

For a bottom border that stands away from the cake, pipe a small shell or bead border first, then pipe the ruffle over the shells. For practice with the petal decorating tip 104 ruffle, use star decorating tip 16 or round decorating tip 5.

If you?re looking for instructions to make a stacked ruffle, click here.

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Buttercream icing (medium consistency)




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Disposable Decorating Bags

Disposable Decorating Bags

Standard Coupler

Standard Coupler

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Ruffle is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This took some practice but it was well worth it. It is a great decoration on the cakes and looks fabulous. My girls love it when I put it on cakes because they say it looks like princess icing. Practice was the key to getting the ruffle down!
Date published: 2011-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from taught through the wilton decorating class & one of my favs!!
Date published: 2010-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I like using this on the doll cakes and cupcakes. It's a technique that can add a lot to a cake dress.
Date published: 2010-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was an easy and cool technique to do. I use this to make borders on my cakes on the top and bottom of the cake. Love it.
Date published: 2010-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from easy as long as you keep the pressure controlled
Date published: 2010-12-02
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