Ruffles are a quintessential wedding-dress embellishment—the pretty frills add a major dose of romance to your wedding-day look. Which is why it's no wonder ruffles have made their way onto wedding cakes. Cake designers are translating silk, satin, and organza ruffles into sugar, creating intricate, edible frills from fondant and wafer paper (cake artist Maggie Austin, in particular, has made fondant ruffles her specialty). The end result is a wonderfully delicate, feminine, and romantic wedding dessert that's almost too pretty to eat.
But when it comes to ruffles, the design possibilities are endless. And if you're a bride who prefers a more modern look, there definitely are ways to interpret the ruffle in an avant-garde fashion. For a clean, very pared-down look, ask your cake designer to wrap just the top tier in fondant with a frilled top edge for a hint of texture. Or, you could opt to embellish the tiers with a single, oversized fondant ruffle (so striking!). Another idea: Choose an unexpected color palette for your ruffle cake, like grey—unusual, yet very sophisticated and chic.
If you're liking this look, check out these six stunning takes on the modern ruffle cake—these impossibly beautiful confections may even inspire your own artful design.