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Ballerina Ruffle Cake

 

When I was asked to make a cake for a prestigious Dance Competition Team DSDW  I knew I wanted to make something really special for them.
Debra Sparks Dance Works is  renowned for teaching children and youth the art of  ballet and dance, giving them tools to grow into confident and successful adults. Competition Team DSDW has won many awards and will be competing at  a 2 day competition later this month.
 
When deciding on the design of the cake, I knew instantly I had a great chance to finally try ruffle cake, it would give  the cake  look of  TUTU( I thought) and I wanted to place ballerina silhouettes around somewhere, and I also wanted to incorporate ballet terms somewhere. Lots of things to include in one cake! Originally I wanted to make both tiers ruffle cake, but then I changed my mind to make the bottom ruffle and top smooth. Also ballerinas where to be placed around the bottom tier, realizing that ballerinas could interfere with the ruffle design  of the cake I decided to place them around the top tier, plus keeping the top tier white, really helped black ballerina silhouettes to stand out.
Main color was to be light purple so I came  up with design that looked something like this :
 
 
I made a lot of ballerina silhouettes- royal icing templates, they break so easily it is almost heartbreaking. I broke about 3 of them just moving them off the parchment paper. The hardest part was to attach them onto the cake itself. Once attached they looked very  beautiful and I was really happy that I made them though they took a bit of time, well worth it.
 
I was very excited to make the ruffle cake.
 

 

 
 
Another favorite feature of the cake is the topper. The idea was to create a stage curtain, meaning dancers perform on the stage.
Topper, I made from a sugar cookie, and it was designed based on this image.
All Edible Cookie Topper
 
 
 
I really enjoyed making this cake, it was fun to put it all together.
I was still in the studio when girls arrived and saw it for the first time.
So sweet and it made me happy that they liked it.
 
Ms. Debra  with the cake 
 
 
Members of the Competition Team DSDW
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 As I mentioned before I wanted to included Ballet Terms somewhere in the cake, but because I wanted to keep the cake elegant and meaningful without overcrowding it, instead of putting the ballet terms directly onto the cake I made several cookies and piped the ballet terms on the cookies,  I added a pretty ribbon to make them stand out and they also were a big hit. 
 
 

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11 Comments

  1. This cake is beautiful and my inspiration for a cake I am doing this weekend. Just did a test design on parchment.

    Would you offer any tips on removing and adding to the side of a round cake?

    Thank you

    1. Hi Stacy,
      Are you using royal icing or buttercream transfers?
      My royal icing transfers weren’t that big so they were pretty easy to remove from the wax paper/parchment.
      This is what I’d do: I’d lay transfer in the palm of my hand and then I’d carefully peel off wax paper.
      To attach these to the side of the cake you can use little buttercream. I prefer attaching them onto a chilled cake so when you use buttercream for the glue it sets
      fairly quickly and keeps transfers from moving.

  2. Thank you everyone.
    Maysem, thank you for your kind words, I'm sure you'll make a beautiful cake. Making ruffles is fun. Good luck

  3. OMG I would have been nervous about the RI ballernias too!! You've got a lot of courage!! LOL. And great idea to pipe the RI on a curve rather flat surface:) You did an amazing job!! I love the ruffle cake too…and been waiting for an excuse to make one:D I'm supposed to get my opportunity in September for a friend…still a long ways to go…so I'll need to find a sooner excuse:P

  4. Love this cake! You did a fabulous job with the ruffles, the ballerinas on the side are gorgeous and I'm with those above… the expressions of awe & delight on the girls faces says it all!!

  5. The girls' expressions say it all! I love it when you see that, let's you know all the hours and love that went into is totally appreciated! Beautiful cake!

  6. LOVE the post! I am completely in awe of cake making! I burned the darn cuppies today! CAKE ELUDES ME!

    So, I am glad you make it for me! Those ruffles are AWESOME!

  7. Oh my goodness! Crazy beautiful! I just adore the photo of the girls' faces that shows just how special this cake is! So perfect…and the cookies to match. Incredible!!

  8. Just beautiful! Thanks for posting the pictures of how you made the ruffles…I was wondering how you did that! :o)

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