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I cannot believe I waited so long to take this class, but finally I’ve watched Fondant Frills with Maggie Austin. I might be wrong, but it seems like this class has been around for awhile and for whatever reason, I never got it… until now!
Considering the amount of ruffles cakes I’ve done over the past couple of years – I really should have watched this class sooner because it’s loaded with great tips to get beautiful fondant ruffles (or frills).
In the first lessons of this class, Maggie Austin goes into great detail sharing how she gets the gradient colors (or ombre colors) of fondant to do these gradient frills cakes.
Her method is a little different from how I normally mix mine, but her way is no-fail and you’re guaranteed to get a great fading look and you’re sure to have plenty of each color.
I should also note that this section of the class would be particularly helpful for beginners, but if you’re already confident in how to mix and color fondant (or gum paste), this section might be a little boring and you may want to skip it.
In the next lesson, she finally gives away her secret for getting the super delicate and almost paper thin ruffles on her cakes. I won’t give away her secret, but if you want your cakes to have the airy and almost ethereal feel to them, this class will give you everything you need to know to accomplish those beautiful, fragile ruffles!
Her instructions are detailed and her methods are very tedious, but that level of detail is required for you to end up with a cake as amazing as hers are!
And not only will you learn to do the perfect fondant frills with the ombre effect, you will also learn how to paint and color the frills and how to use vodka with powdered colors to get lovely edges that make your frills really shine!
Then comes maybe my favorite part of the class (probably because my skill level with sugar flowers is lacking) is her demonstration of how to make the amazing cabbage roses that beautifully compliment the frills. The flower instructions take up a full three lessons of the Craftsy class, but I didn’t feel like it was time wasted.
These cabbage roses are not for the faint of heart – you have to really be invested in making these for a cake and they do require quite a bit of planning ahead. You’ll want to be sure you have all of the necessary tools and supplies on hand before you get started!
As an experienced decorator, I can tell you that the required tools are things you will use again and again and again if you’re anything more than an occasional hobby cake decorator. (no worrying about buying things that will just sit in a drawer).
Back to the flowers… Maggie shares so many details and steps for making them that I’m confident most anyone could pull them off after watching this class. And when they’re finished, these flowers are just stunning! Don’t you agree?
And then last, but not least, Maggie shares at the end how to stage your cakes. Where to place the flowers and how to arrange them to make the cake most appealing. She also gives some great tips for repairing last minute flaws and adding finishing touches that bring the cake up to another level!
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make cakes with amazing fondant ruffles (or frills), you absolutely need to take the Craftsy Class: Fondant Frills with Maggie Austin.
Does this sound like a class you would like to take? If so, I’d encourage you to go sign up now! If you’re not sure, why not just sign up with Craftsy (it’s free!) and try one of the free mini courses first?