Garrett Frills

how to make garrett frills

Garret frills can be a tricky decorating technique to master. They’re a little fiddly and it can take some time to get them just right.

However, once you’ve got used to the ruffling technique, the resulting pretty frills are very eye-catching and versatile. Once you’ve finished the tutorial, you can roll your newly created garret frills into ruffled flowers, place them on the side of a decorated cake to create a ruffled swag or even create a dramatic ruffle cake with them; the possibilities are endless!

Garrett Frills Tools and equipment:

  • Flat surface or cake decorating mat
  • Garret Frill Cutter
  • Paintbrush/cell stick
  • Non-stick rolling pin
  • Knife
  • Rolled fondant/gum paste
  • Cornstarch/ icing sugar for dusting


Step one: Start by lightly dusting the flat surface with cornstarch to prevent the gum paste from sticking. Then, taking your small ball of gum paste, begin to knead it until it’s soft and pliable.

ball of gum paste

Step two:After you’ve finished kneading the ball of gum paste, take a non-stick rolling pin and begin to gently roll out the gum paste until it’s around 2cm thick. It doesn’t matter too much if it’s not quite the right size; you’ll just create a thicker or thinner ruffle.

rolling fondant for garrett frills

Step three: Once you’ve rolled out the gum paste to the appropriate size, take the garret frill cutter and press down firmly, like you would with a cookie cutter. After you’ve done this, gently peel away the excess gum paste including the cut-out circle in the center; you won’t need this. 

cutting fondant with garrett frill cutter

Step Four: So, now you have your basic garret frill cut-out. The first thing you want to do is to take a cell stick or paintbrush and gently dust a little cornstarch over them to prevent any sticking.  Next, the trickiest bit so far, actually creating the ruffles. This is probably one of the more difficult cake decorating techniques and a lot of people struggle with ruffling gum paste.

Secondly, take a cell stick and gently begin to roll it across the scalloped edges of the gum paste. Try not to press too firmly as what you’re trying to achieve is a light ruffling motion. It can take a few tries to get the technique just right, but persevere as it is well worth the result. Keep rolling the cell stick over the scalloped edges until you’ve completed the whole circle. It should look like the frill in the picture. There are actually different gum paste tools which will create different types of ruffled effects. The cone tool works great for this technique.

frilling fondant with cell stick

Step Five: Lastly, take a sharp knife and cut a slit in the frill so that you can lay it into a single line.

To apply garrett frill to the cake, mark the cake where you would like to place them. Turn the garrett frill over and brush a small amount of water on the back of the straight part of the garrett frill. Pick the frill up from the two ends and hold it so it lays against the marked spot on the cake. Press the frill on to the cake, first with you finger and then use a ball tool all along the straight edge to adhere it to the cake. This will also create a nice finish on the frill. The end of the frill should bend downwards so the next frill can meet that end and be hidden with a clean edge.

You can do a single line of frills or layer row after row to create an impressive ruffled cake.


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