This Buttercream Ruffles & Wafer Paper Flowers Cake is the perfect combination of girly, sweet, beautiful and dreamy. The cake is finished in ivory and pale pink buttercream and topped with delicate wafer paper Garden Roses and Ranunculas with a tiny bit of Rose Gold on the leaves.
Over the years of decorating cakes, God has blessed me with some wonderful clients. The family I did this cake for is one perfect example. The cake I’m sharing today was for sweet Annabelle’s 1st birthday! But not my first cake for this family. I’ve also done cakes for their weddings, bridal showers, baby showers and other birthdays.
I’ve had the joy of working with them for more than 5 years… what a blessing! I hope I never take it for granted. They’re a dream to work with & for and it’s so special to me to be a part of their celebrations year after year!
So let’s talk about this cake. Well first, let’s talk about flowers and cake …
Buttercream Ruffles & Wafer Paper Flowers Cake
So, there are things I love and I am good at doing involving cake. And there are things I despise and/or stink at doing. One example of things I’m not good at : sugar flowers.
When I receive orders for cakes that require sugar flowers (gum paste or fondant), I always tell my clients that I’m happy to order the flowers for their cakes, but I cannot (and do not) make them.
They’re hard for me and the few times I’ve made them, they’ve turned out awful. I so admire anyone that can make those stunning, realistic sugar flowers (I’m looking at you Angela!!), but that’s just not my cup of tea.
Wafer Paper Flowers
However, wafer paper flowers are another story. I don’t proclaim to be an expert (yet) and mine aren’t perfect, but wafer paper flowers are one of my most favorite things to make. I’m completely obsessed with them and I’d make them every day if I had a reason to! They’re just so delicate and beautiful and WOW… my fave!!
So for this cake, when Jerry sent me pictures and ideas for Annabelle’s cake, I was tempted to beg her to let me make wafer paper flowers. I refrained from full-out begging mostly ;). But I did tell her I’d love to make them. So I was seriously thrilled when she agreed to let me do them!
I was honest with her and told her I didn’t get to make wafer paper flowers often. And that I hadn’t had a lot of practice. But as soon as she decideds he did want me to make them (YAY!), I immediately started
doing the happy dance re-watching the Craftsy classes I’d taken to refresh my memory on making wafer paper flowers.
PS – if you want to learn to make wafer paper flowers, I cannot stress enough how valuable these Stevi Auble classes are!! And if you want to take more Craftsy classes – the new Craftsy Unlimited is an amazing deal (there’s a 7 day free trial too!!).
Okay – here are some details on the cake.
The Buttercream Ruffles & Wafer Paper Flowers Cake was 5″ (2 layers of cake) and 7″ (3 layers of cake) tiers. I baked in them all in my favorite Magic Line pans. The cake was White Almond Sour Cream Cake with vanilla buttercream filling and frosting.
After crumb coating the bottom tier, I used a Wilton #104 petal tip to pipe the messy ruffles. The video of this technique is just above here, but I also have it here with a few more details if you like.
The top tier was covered in smooth buttercream colored with a tiny touch of Americolor Electric Pink. I know that probably sounds counter-intuitive, using Electric Pink for a pale pink color, but it really produces my favorite shades of pink versus other options.
Wafer Paper Flowers
For the wafer paper flowers (as per the instructions in the Craftsy classes), I used paper punches, piping gel, floral wires, paint brushes and water. This is the wafer paper I use and to get the pink color, I used a very light spray of Wilton Colormist.
I also used some petal dust in the centers of a few of the flowers. This gave them a slightly deeper color and add some variance to the flowers. For the rose gold leaves, I used this paper punch and then I sprayed them with Bronze spray after they dried.’
Tip: Bronze and Rose Gold are pretty much interchangeable for cake decorating colors.
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And then there was the tiny smash cake. 🙂
Naked Smash Cake with Wafer Paper Flowers
This was two (thin) layers of 5″ round cake – also white almond sour cream cake with vanilla buttercream. Jerry wanted the “naked cake” look for the smash cake. To achieve that, I smoothed on the buttercream and let a little of the cake shine through for this one.
I topped it with more of the same Wafer Paper flowers and leaves and it was done! Isn’t it precious?
Okay – I think that’s everything I have to share with you about these cakes! Did I miss any details? If so, I’d love for you to leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer and help you!