This past weekend's cake was a perfect example of this technique. I was asked to create a girly Elmo cake with pinks and reds. My client didn't want a typical Sesame Street themed cake and I was very glad to accommodate her request. My client sent me these fabulous images of her theme related items and inspiration for the dessert table:
I used the frilly table cloth, hearts/polka dots, and red/pinks/turquoise to create this sketch:
My client was very happy with it but we changed a few things. I added the turquoise accents and a banner on top and added a 2 to the center of the top tier. Elmo is hand made out of fondant. The name banner was created on edible image frosting paper and applied to a fondant backing and left to dry a few days so it can stiffen up. The ruffles are made by rolling fondant through a pasta machine to a level 6, circles are cut out, frilled, and folded randomly and applied to the cake one by one. I'm a little obsessed with these frills and put them everywhere I can lately! The end result was absolutely adorable and my wonderful client was very pleased!