How to Make
Wafer Paper Ruffles and Bows  

Breakfast at Tiffany's Cake Part 2

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Here is a tutorial on how I made the ruffles and bow on the bottom tier of the Breakfast at Tiffany’s first birthday cake.   Check out more details of the cake and dessert table here

I wanted the ruffles to be reminiscent of little girl’s tutu skirts and I wanted it to look light and airy.  I’ve been playing with wafer paper recently and I thought it would be perfect medium to give that look of lightness and airiness.

I wanted the cake to be high so that I have plenty of room to add ruffles and bows.  The cake is 10” in diameter and 7” high.  

How to make wafer paper ruffles & bow

How to Make Wafer Paper Ruffles and Bow 


Wafer paper
Craft knife
Piping gel
Paint brush
Black fondant
White fondant
Silver dragees
Bow template

First thing I did was to color the wafer black and I used an airbrush to do that.  I airbrushed both sides of the paper and let it dry.  It took about an hour to let the wafer paper dry.

While waiting for the wafer paper to dry, I worked on dividing the cake into sections.  To equally divide the sides of the cake into four parts, use a wax paper circle the same size as the cake and fold the circle in half, then fold that half again into half.  Use the lines created on the circle and pins as a guide to where to place the pearls on.  Use the pins to mark the highest and lowest points of the pearl garlands.

gum paste pearl garland

For each section there would be three rows of ruffles then a bow on top of the ruffles. 

To make the ruffles, cutting on the short side of the wafer paper, cut three pieces of 3” strips.  Save the extra piece of wafer paper to make the bow.  

wafer paper ruffles tutorial

Brush the top part of the rough side of the wafer paper with piping gel.  Sometimes the wafer paper will be a bit brittle and the piping gel will help condition it, making it more pliable.

wafer paper ruffles tutorial

Start with the ends and fold them in towards the rough side, pinching the part where the piping gel is to make it hold. 

wafer paper ruffles tutorial

Make pleats on the piping gel side, pinching it together.  Sometimes if the pleats won’t stay together, you just need to hold it together with your fingers for a bit longer. 

wafer paper ruffles tutorial

Keep pleating until one side is done.  The wafer paper will now look like a skirt fanning out on the bottom. 

wafer paper ruffles tutorial

To attach the ruffle to the cake, add some more piping gel on the rough side of the paper.  

wafer paper ruffles tutorial

Carefully attach the ruffle to cake. 

wafer paper ruffles tutorial

Repeat and make two more ruffles, placing each ruffle slightly above the previous one. 

Use the leftover strip of wafer and make the bow by tracing out the bow template and cutting it with either scissors or a craft knife.  Brush on some piping gel in the middle of the rough side of the wafer paper and bring in the ends towards the middle where the gel is.  Press with fingers until it stays.  Attach the bow on top of the ruffles using piping gel.  I don’t have photos of how I made the bow because I was doing a live demo on Periscope of the process and forgot to take pictures.  But here is a picture of the template I used and how it is folded to make a bow.  

wafer paper bow tutorial

Start making the center of the bow by making the pearls.  Roll out small balls of white fondant about 3/8” (9mm).  Cut each pearl in half to have a one side flat.  Roll out a small piece of black fondant and cut out disks that are slightly bigger than the pearl. 

Attach the pearl to the center of the black disk with piping gel.  Add silver dragees around the pearl.  Attach this to the center of the bow with piping gel. 

wafer paper bow tutorial

And there you have it, cute wafer paper ruffles with a bow to add that girly touch.

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Til next time,

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