This is easily my favoritest of all the wafer paper texture wraps I’ve made for cakes. The frills!!! They are so fabulously rich, plush, full and ethereal. I originally made this frills texture wrap for my Reindeer Cake Topper Tutorial because I needed a beautiful white cake with a fun, wintery finish to go with that topper. And I fell madly in love with the look, the feel and the ease of making this cake decoration!
If you haven’t played with wafer paper (yet) you are totally missing out! You can make your decor a week or more ahead and just set it aside till you’re ready to apply it (for most decor elements) and they last! Try that with fondant and gumpaste…
Having meant to share this technique with the cakey world far sooner I decided to broadcast a LIVE tutorial on my Facebook page. It went over wildly and we had lots of fun answering questions, chatting about wafer and what felt like everything else under the sun, and just plain hanging out. I know that a full video with lots of detours along the way isn’t necessarily the best way for everyone to learn or the fastest way to get the info you need, so I’ve boiled it all down right here for you. 🙂
This is the photo step-by-step how to for the Wafer Frills Cake Wrap technique. At the very bottom you can watch two videos from my LIVE broadcasts to see me create the wrap in real time.
Wafer Frills Cake Wrap
Things you’ll need other than your cake:
- 24-26 pieces of wafer paper (0 grade or premium works the same). The total amount you need will vary based on the size of your cake. This cake is a double barrel 7″ round.
- Tape measure
- Water dish and paint brush
- Martha Stewart Fringe Scissors
- Fiskars Self Healing Cutting Mat
- Fiskars Rotary Cutter
Now, unless you an Pi are besties, I suggest taking a measurement round the outside of your cake. Of course you can take your diameter and multiply it by 3.14… But that requires more math than I care to do. I don’t really like doing the numbers, so I let the measuring tape tell me what’s what. Handy little contraption 🙂
This cake was exactly 19 inches around so I added 2 extra inches for easy overlap totaling 21 inches. Keep that number in mind for just a moment…
Next, I turned two pieces of 0 Grade wafer on their sides, over lapped them by about 1/4 inch, and attached them securely to each other, all lovey dovey like, with a light swipe of water. Then I trimmed the length of the strip to 21 inches, right where my pencil is pointing. This is your wafer wrap, the base to your frills 🙂
Next a quick measure of the height of the cake is needed so you don’t get carried away with adding wafer frill strips to it. I mean it would probably be totally cool and all, just extra work you don’t need to do. But if you like doing things to excess, have at it! After you measure the height, trim your wafer along the log edge to match. A bit shorter than the actual height is just fine as your wafer strips will be angled and naturally sit above the top edge of your cake.
Now to create the angles that make this texture wrap really POP! I use about a 30° angle or less. Draw a few guide lines on the wafer paper with a pencil (yes, light lines are safe… pencils are no longer made with lead) to help you keep your frill strips straight as you’re applying them.
You’ll also have to measure the length of those diagonal lines so you can trim your wafer strips to the same length. Yes, there’s a bit of measuring here, but it’s easy. No calculations. See my Pi example above. 😉 Trim the top of full wafer paper sheets so they are as tall as the angled line is long.
For this 7 inch round cake I used 22 sheets of wafer for the strips (24 overall if you include the two for the base wrap). It will vary for you depending on how wide you cut your strips and how close you attach them. They’re so easy to make that it isn’t much effort to make a few more if you need them.
Time to start making those fabulous strips!!! I cut mine to 1.5 inches wide. The narrower they are the more you’ll need to create depth. I wouldn’t go narrower than 1 inch. 1.5 inches creates beautiful depth and fullness and allows plenty of room for the fringe scissors to do their thing without getting your fingers or hand (watch video below to see what I mean… I’m clearly new to the whole using scissors thing).
The fun stuff starts next 🙂 The Martha Stewart Fringe Scissors have 5 sets of cutting blades in ONE!!! This is so much fun to use! And they are crazy cheap. Like, I had no idea that they weren’t this high end, specialty craft tool. I digress…
I snip these one sheet at a time all the way down the line. Doubling up the sheets creates a less defined cut edge and it just doesn’t look as pretty. A few people mentioned on my Live broadcast that it’s a tedious and time consuming process… You’ll spend as much time doing this as you would waiting for your cake to come out of the oven. And since it can be done so far in advance you can just put your feet up, put on your favorite movie on Netflix, and get them all done late at night when it quiet. It’s really a mindless, simple task.
Just like applying the water to the two wrap sheets to attach them, do the same with your frilled wafer strips and the wrap. I use the wrap texture side up and the frilled side texture side down. They adhere very well to each other on the textured sides. This also leaves the smooth side to the wafer as the side showing on your final wrap, making it look more refined.
One at a time following the guidelines drawn on the wafer wrap. To start, less is more with the wafer.
I like close up shots. That’s all.
Keep going. Try to be intentional about how far you space them, but know that if you have differences it won’t be noticeable once the wrap is applied around the cake. Unless you accidentally place one an inch away from the last.
Once you have all but the very edges of the wrap lined with wafer frills you’ll pull it around the cake snug and using water attach the wrap to itself. Then continue adding strips right along the same angles. Once you get to the final small area where it’s hard to sneak your fingers in, don’t add water to the frill strips. Nestle them into place and then tack them into place at the top and bottom. You’ll have a seamless finish 🙂
As mentioned above, here are the two Live videos for you to check out and see in real time how this technique comes together.
Enjoy, friends 🙂