Modern Wedding Cakes Wrapped in Ruffles

These sophisticated confections might inspire your own delicious design

Updated 05/25/17

Photo by Chen Sands; Cake by Crummb

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.

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Minty Fresh

Pastel Green Ruffled Wedding Cake

Photo by Judy Pak. Cake by Nine Cakes

The soft, sea-foam green hue and subtle marble pattern make this three-tier wedding cake feel modern and fresh. The gilded edging adds just a hint of glamour while top tier features a ruffled edge that resembles the texture of a torn sheet of paper.

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Moody Greys

Wedding Cake with Gray Ruffles

Photo and Cake Design by Jasmine Rae Cakes

This confection features buttercream-covered tiers and a base covered sculptural fondant ruffles; the cool grey color palette feels edgy and chic, channeling a lithe ballet dancer.

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Ombré Ruffles

Wedding Cake with Ombré Ruffles

Photo and Cake Design by Charm City Cakes

Each of the three cake tiers is wrapped in dramatic fondant frills that begin in a coral-pink shade and transition to rosy pink, then to the softest shade of blush.

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Cascade of Ruffles

Wedding Cake with a Cascade of Ruffles

Photo and Cake Design by Victoria Made

If you're going for some major wow-factor, look no further than this towering all-white cake that's decorated with an asymmetrical cascade of fondant ruffles. The intricate pleats just beg for a closer look.

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Rose Gold Cake

Rose Gold Wedding Cake with Ruffles

Photo by Chen Sands; Cake by Crummb

This rose-gold stunner is a modern twist on the ruffle cake—the oversize fondant ruffles flare out in dramatic fashion and make a major statement.

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Fondant Pleats and Ruffles

White Wedding Cake with Fondant Pleats and Ruffles

Photo and Cake Design by Bottega Louie

The bottom tier of this simple yet stunning wedding cake is covered in delicate ruffles while the top two tiers are studded with pretty circular-shaped pleats.

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