Finding quick and fuss-free ways to decorate a seasonal cake can be a stressful task in itself, but with our fabulous tutorial on how to create your own fondant ruffled heart pick you’ll be ready for your next cake project in no time! The wonderful thing about creating fondant ruffles is that they can be fairly forgiving. Randomly placed curls and frills only add to their textural allure so why not read on for our handy how-to…
Fondant ruffled heart cake pick tutorial!
Large heart shaped cutter
- Pink fondant or gum paste
- Wooden skewer or long cake pop stick
- Ball tool
- Pastry cutter or small sharp knife
- Fondant rolling pin
- Cornstarch to dust surface or a non-stick mat
- Edible glue
- Flower foam pad
Roll our some fondant or gum paste to a thickness of around 6mm-8mm. Be sure to check that the thickness of the fondant is wider than your wooden skewer or cake pop stick.
Using your heart cutter cut out a nice clean heart shaped piece of fondant.
Of course, for different themed cakes you can utilise different shapes. Plain circles are wonderful for adding edible sugar pearls or fondant cameos in the centre for a luxurious jewelled brooch look.
Take your cake pop stick or wooden skewer and paint with a little edible glue before carefully inserting into the base of your heart halfway. Leave to set.
Roll out some thin fondant and cut into strips around 1 1/2cm in height. Too short and you’ll lose the lovely textural look like the ruffles create when then curl and fan out randomly. Too long and you’ll risk finding each strip harder to handle.
Using a ball tool thin and ruffle the edges of each strip. To do this take your ball tool and press down moving along the long edge of each strip. You should find that the edge has little ruffled waves!
Paint edible glue onto the surface of your heart and arrange your ruffled strips of fondant from the centre to the outer edges of the shape! To help attach the strips down press lightly on the base. It’s ok if they spread or fold a little as your apply pressure.
Once set and hardened it’s time to see your work finished! Gently insert your ruffled fondant heart cake pick into your cake or cupcake.
We absolutely love things that can be tweaked slightly or given a new slant to be useful for other designs and these ruffled heart picks are no exception! For baby showers stick to soft pastel colours. Why not even create lots of different sized vintage coloured hearts to adorn a simple first birthday cake?
For bridal showers or weddings miniaturise your pick for lots of sweet and tempting cupcakes and perhaps dust or paint the edges with edible gold paint for a decadent feel. You can even omit the cake pop sticks or wooden skewers for lovely cupcake toppers that will sit flat atop of your miniature treats.