ruffled cupcake by Bobbie Noto

Irresistible buttercream ruffles!

Buttercream is not only delicious it is a wonderful medium for fashion ruffles on cakes and cupcakes.

Buttercream ruffle entices your eyes to dance,

the anticipation of that first bite becomes overwhelming.

You begin to fell like a “kid in a candy store,” once you finally are able to taste (or better yet eat) your achieved palatable nirvana!

Now you wonder if it is polite to have seconds.

The best part about buttercream ruffles on a cupcake or a cake is how fast and easy it is to create once you understand the method.

For this project you will need:


  • 3 Disposable piping bags
  • #070 ruffle piping tip/tube
  • tooth picks
  • 3 Couplers

Visit Shop 5th Avenue Cakes for supplies

Allow the cupcakes to completely cool. If your tops are domed level them by cutting the cupcake with a serrated knife.

The Colour Recipe:

The first step is to mix your monochromatic colors, start with the darkest color, and depending on the amount of tones/tints you want to separate the darkest or base color between glass bowls. We chose three tones the base color was deep violet, the second color medium violet, and last was light violet.  I have found using toothpicks or cocktail sticks is the most efficient procedure to color the buttercream. Slowly add .64 cm/ 1/4 up the toothpick of color until you achieve the color you want.

Once all the colors are amalgamated  in the buttercream place the violet colors into your piping bags fitted with couplers and tip/tube #070 fitted with the darkest violet.

Gather your supplies



Begin piping with the darkest color first, lay tip/tube #070 almost flat with the frill line parallel to the cupcake.

With even pressure start piping, using a back and forth motion,

slowly turn the cupcake counter clockwise once the ruffle has formed release the pressure,

and gently pull away at a 45 degree angle. Make sure you turn the cupcake as you move in the back and forth motion with the tip.

Pointers for success keep your tip/tube the same width all the way around, start and end at the same spot, and begin each layer of color at the same spot as the first layer. As you pipe the ruffle you will notice a band, like a curtain line, place the your next two colors slightly above the band of the previous color, and adorn the center with a star tip (we used #18). Place the star tip directly into the center of the ruffle circle at a 90 degree angle with even steady pressure pipe the star and pull as you ease off the pressure once the bottom of the star is full.


Once you have baked and cooled your cupcake on a baking rack.

The ombre ruffles are quite fast to decorate.

Although they have an amazing WOW factor the cupcakes themselves are simple to create.

ruffled cupcake by Bobbie Noto

They resemble a ruffled skirt!

They perfect for any occasion; I’ll be serving these for this Memorial Day Picnic.

That’s if the the 3 week rain we have been experiencing stops!

ruffled cupcake by Bobbie Noto

Have a safe holiday weekend!

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