Fondant or sugarpaste is a terrific medium for creating fabric effects on cakes, especially in wedding cake designs based on elements of a bride’s wedding dress. Draped and ruched fabric effects, fabric bows, sashes, lace effects, pleated fabric and smocking can all be created quite easily.
We have two beautiful examples above – a lace effect wedding cake by The Pastry Studio (left) with scallopped edging and a softly draped sash, and fabric effect roses with draping in the design above right (image right by Mosca Studio).
Priya Maclure of Sugar Pot has created an elegant fabric effect wedding cake design below with artfully designed pleating and fabric effect corsages.
Western Australia’s De La Rosa Cupcakes have created a stunning vintage style wedding cake below incorporating exquisite pleated details. (For more on pleated cake designs, see our earlier feature here: Pleated Cake Designs).
The Cake Whisperer in Canada designs some of the most amazing couture wedding cakes, including the lace effect wedding cake below with a luxe fabric effect bow.
The UK’s Emma Jayne Cake Design is renowned for her ability to incorporate elements of the bride’s gown in her wedding cake designs including the beautiful design below with ruched fabric effect and statement bow.
A second outstanding fabric effect wedding cake by The Cake Whisperer with intricately embossed ruching effects and soft fabric effect rose ruffles.
A beautiful example below of pleated detailing embossed with exquisite lace effects by Barney’s Bakery, London.
Planet Cake, Australia have created the terrific bridal design below with a couture gown design influence.
Rachel Teufel of Intricate Icings Cake Design is considered one of the leading designers in fabric effect wedding cake design, with the beautifully ruched wedding cake below a perfect example of her design work. Rachel teaches her ruching technique and fondant fabric effects in her Craftsy class: Rachael Teufel- Cake Design Made Simple: The Wedding Dress
Sugar Ruffles, UK created their stunning ivory fabric effect wedding cake design below left using a billowing technique, for which you’ll find a tutorial here by Sharon Bond: fondant billowing tutorial.
To the right, Style Sweet CA have designed a collection of fabric effect wedding cakes featuring fondant ruching, pleating and ruffles in a beautiful trio below.
Sweet Bloom Cakes, Australia – one of the most innovative cake designers of the moment – have designed the unique two tier cake below featuring soft pink gathered pleating for a beautiful effect.
To the right, we have a wonderfully “smocked” cake design by the uber talented Connie Cupcake Luxury Cakes (image by Krista Fox Photography). You’ll find directions here on creating smocking effects in fondant: fondant smocking tutorial.
More ruching effects created with fondant on round tiers with cakes by Mercedes Strachwsky, left and by Delectable by Su right. You’ll find a tutorial here from The Sugar Suite Blog: fondant ruching tutorial.
Coming Up Next: More fabric effects in our Wednesday feature on Wedding Dress Inspired Cakes.
Learn the secrets of translating haute couture into cake design with The Caketress, Lori Hutchinson in her latest class on Craftsy: Chic Techniques for Couture Designs.
For more on wedding cake decorating with fondant fabric effects, you’ll find an excellent Craftsy class here by Marsha Winbeckler: Fondant Drapes, Pleats, and Ruffles Tutorial.
Check out Jessica Harris’ online textured effects tutorial to learn how to create the four designs below plus lots more textured effects in fondant. Find out more here: Elegant Techniques with Jessica Harris.
Readers might also be interested in our features on:
- Wedding Dress Inspired Wedding Cakes
- Pleated Cake Designs
- Ruffle Wedding Cakes, Part 1 – Petal Ruffles
- Ruffle Wedding Cakes, Part 2 – Fondant Frills
- Ruffle Wedding Cakes, Part 3 – Vertical & Asymmetrical Ruffles & Frills
- Ruffle Rosette Cakes & Tutorials
- Banded Frill Cakes
- Wafer Paper Frills, Ruffles & Accents
- Birdcage Veil & Tulle Wedding Cakes
- Floral Lace Wedding Cakes
- Crochet Lace Cake Tutorial
- Knit Effect Cakes
- Lace Wedding Cakes – Pearl Beaded Lace
- Beaded Wedding Cakes – Silver Beading
- Beaded Cake Designs – Pearl Beading
- Edible Sequins Wedding Cakes, plus tutorials
- Jewelled Sugar Flowers – Crystal Centres
- Cakes with Bows – Vintage Style & Modern
- The Erica Bow
- Fashion Inspired Cakes
- Mannequin Cakes for Fashionistas
- Vintage Jewellery & Locket Cakes
- Vintage Accessories Cakes – Gumpaste Gloves, Parasols & Fans
- Vintage Hatbox Cakes
- Vintage Cakes with Feathers
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