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Ruffle Tower Cake

Inspired by ruffled tap pants, this cake is covered with frilly rows of white and pink frosting piped from a single bag. Three tender lemon layers make this birthday cake tall enough to show off the ribbon-candy effect of the frosting and ensure there is plenty for everyone.

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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Trim bottom layers; stack on cake round, with 3/4 cup buttercream spread over top of each. Add top layer; spread 1 cup buttercream over entire cake. Refrigerate 40 minutes until firm. Tint half remaining buttercream pink.

  2. Step 2

    Place cake on rotating stand. Lay flat a 12-inch pastry bag with #103 tip. Fill half of bag from tip to top with pink buttercream, other half with white. Hold bag vertically, slot of tip perpendicular to cake; use swift back-and-forth motion 1 inch wide to make ruffle, pulling tip up side.

  3. Step 3

    Turn cake stand slowly, piping circular ruffle over top.

Source
Martha Stewart Baby, Winter

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Reviews (15)

  • 29 May, 2014

    Made cupcakes with cake batter recipe and finished with ruffle frosting. Delicious and adorable. For my "little" girl's 21st bday.

  • 5 Mar, 2013

    Look good

  • 2 Mar, 2013

    looks pretty

  • 9 Sep, 2011

    i have made this cake twice! both times i doubled it and put the batter in 3 9 inch cake pans and it turned out wonderfully! everyone LOVED it and it was quite easy to make. the second time around i did chance the frosting however and made a regular butter cream icing so i could have a thicker consistency and substituted the vanilla extract for almond extract and found it to compimaent the cake more and tasted so much better! and made the ruffles ice a lot easier.

  • 14 Mar, 2011

    Made the cake with 3 - 6" rounds and the recipe was perfectly proportioned for this. I am a little sad that the cake came out slightly dense and dry. Any suggestions to remedy this?
    I also made a lemon curd for in between the layers - a recipe also from this website - and it came out delicious. The frosting, however, did taste VERY buttery. It had a wonderful consistency, but perhaps could use more sugar.

  • 6 Oct, 2010

    This cake is pretty and the cake portion tastes good, but the cake is dry and on the dense side and the frosting tastes like you are eating pure butter. I doubled the recipe using 8" rounds and it fit perfectly into 3 pans. Don't double the frosting, or it won't whip up right, do two recipes individually. Also, don't expect the frosting to get "fluffy" as egg whites do...it gets more shiny

  • 6 Oct, 2010

    I made this cake using 8" rounds, doubled the recipe to fill three cake pans perfectly. The cake was beautiful, but the frosting was just like eating spoonfuls of butter (not my thing). The cake had a great flavor, but was dense and on the dry side. Doubling the frosting did not work. I had to start over and make two sets individually or it didn't whip up correctly. Also, don't expect the frosting to get "fluffy" as egg whites do...it gets more shiny

  • 26 Sep, 2010

    I used an 8" round cake pan and about 20% of the batter overflowed, it took 55 minutes to cook through and now if I cut it into 3 layers each will be about 1/2" thick. This recipe is definitely not meant to be made using an 8" pan. If I make it again I'll try it with 3-6" rounds.

  • 26 Sep, 2010

    I used an 8" round cake pan and about 20% of the batter overflowed, it took 55 minutes to cook through and now if I cut it into 3 layers each will be about 1/2" thick. This recipe is definitely not meant to be made using an 8" pan. If I make it again I'll try it with 3-6" rounds.

  • 14 Mar, 2010

    Beautiful! I used this cake as inspiration for the skirt of a barbie cake for my daughter's 3rd birthday. It was easy to do and turned out lovely.

  • 22 Jun, 2009

    This is, without question, the prettiest cake I have ever seen!

  • 7 Mar, 2009

    Hello,

    I like the style of decorating here.

    Is there a video to show how to do it?

  • 7 Dec, 2008

    This cake was delicious! I'm not a big cake eater. In fact, I never eat it! But my sister in law made this cake for my birthday and it was just perfect. Everyone finished the entire cake before the party was over. I'm asking her to make it again next year!

  • 4 Dec, 2008

    My daughter is 6 now, but I made a smaller version of this cake for her 1st Birthday party. It was a hit!! And so beautiful!

  • 10 Sep, 2008

    This is gorgeous. I'm going to do this frosting style for my sister's 60th birthday party.