Mottled Ombré Frills

Ruffle Cakes.  Frill Cakes.  Whatever you call them, I think we can all agree.  They’re fabulous cakes!  It’s hard to believe it, but we’ve been gushing over this incredible style of cake for several years now.  Wisps of fondant so delicate and thin, they’re almost translucent.  Gracefully encircling the cake in rows upon rows of beauty.  Many, many gorgeous ruffle cakes have graced the pages of this blog.  And today we have a spectacular new design from the lady who put fondant frills on the map.  And inspired one of the most popular cake trends going.  Yes, Maggie Austin is back today!  Sharing a deeper, darker, richer spin on her signature frills.  Shades of purple, red and blue are on display in this stunning Mottled Ombré Frills cake.

Magie Austin Fondant Frills  |

Maggie tells us more about her cake:

“This cake is inspired by Mark Rothko’s bold, graphic oil paintings.  I wanted to find a way to bring together unusual colors in an unconventional way while still working with the fondant frills technique.  Because the frills are paper-thin and fade from saturate to tint, they have an ethereal quality.  But there’s also a bit of an edge, which appeals to me.”

Magie Austin Fondant Frills  |

Oh for the love of beautiful, fabulous frills.  This cake is simply breathtaking!

If you’ve ever wondered how Maggie creates her exquisite frill cakes, now you can find out first hand.  She’s teaching a class online at Craftsy and sharing all of her insider tips, tricks and techniques!  I just watched Maggie’s class from beginning to end.  And I must say that I’m inspired to make a cake covered in frills.  I spend so much time blogging now, and not as much time baking and designing.  But Maggie’s techniques are straightforward and definitely achievable.  Plus her calm and encouraging demeanor is just what you want out of an instructor.  If you haven’t already checked out, you can find her Fondant Frills class on Craftsy HERE.

A special thank you to Maggie Austin for sharing such a remarkable design with us!  We’re always thrilled to have the Queen of Frills stop by!

Cake:  Maggie Austin Cake
Cake Stand:  Sarah’s Stands

Carrie Sellman , Founder & Editor

Carrie Sellman is the Founder & Editor of The Cake Blog. Her work has been published in BRIDES Magazine, Country Living Magazine and featured online at People, Today, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Redbook, Real Simple, TLC, The Cooking Channel and more.


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    Craftsy has some great classes and I did receive some info about this one but haven’t had the chance to sit down and actually look at it.

    Wow these are amazing! I’ve actually never worked with fondant before but it’s something I’ve wanted to try. Now looking at this cake really peaks my interest. Thanks for sharing!

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    I don’t think I will ever tire of Maggie Austin’s gorgeous fondant frill work. She is such a true artist, whether it’s in the cake medium or not – ! These colours are so lovely … this would make a beautiful dress, too – I am sure her work has inspired a dressmaker or two! :)

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