How to Make a Ruffle Buttercream Border

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Towering cakes are often the centerpiece for celebrations and special occasions. Buttercream icing is often used to cover cakes in their entirety, but can be used to make a variety of decorations as well. Butter, shortening, milk and confectioners sugar are combined to produce a frosting that is the ideal consistency for piping flowers and borders. Ruffle borders can be used to frame sheet cakes or divide the layers of tiered cakes.

Things You'll Need

  • Buttercream icing
  • Disposable decorating bag
  • Standard coupler
  • Tip #104
  • Fit a #104 decorating tip to a disposable decorating bag using a standard coupler. The tip will slide down into the coupler and the coupler will screw directly on the decorating bag.

  • Fill the decorating bag with prepared buttercream icing.

  • Hold the decorating bag at a 45 degree angle with the bag pointing in the 3:00 direction. For left handed people the bag should be pointing toward the 9:00 position.

  • Move your wrist down while squeezing gently on the decorating bag. This will make one curl of the ruffle. Move your wrist up and down in a continuous motion while moving to the right to produce a ruffle. Move to the left instead of the right if you are left handed. As you move raise and lower the narrow end of the tip.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you do not have tip #104 you can use tip #102 or #103.

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