Monday, October 29, 2012

Ballerina Cake and Tulle Pom Poms

In case you are looking to make a ballerina cake, or really any pink cake with a little bit of frilliness, you might find a helpful idea or two in this tutorial. Read on below to find out how to make the tulle pom-poms and the tutu cake stand.

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How to Make Tulle Pom-Poms


Making these tulle pom-poms uses the same basic technique as the yarn pom-poms I made for my pom-pom yarn wreath. Here's what you do:

1. You'll need a piece of tulle roughly 2.5 yards long and 6 inches wide for each pom-pom. I think you can buy a spool of tulle already 6 inches wide, but I had to cut mine down. I laid it out on the floor and eyeballed six inches. As you can tell, your cutting job can be pretty rough and it will still turn out just fine!

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2. Take the tulle and wrap it around a piece of cardboard (cut a piece that is 6 inches wide and 4 inches tall).

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3. Then slide the tulle off the cardboard and secure in the middle with a piece of clear string, wire, or in my case, dental floss. ;) Tie a tight knot. Then take your scissors and cut through the loops of tulle above and below the knot.

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4. With your fingers, start separating the individual pieces by pulling them towards the middle and forming a ball shape.

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5. To make the pom-pom cake toppers, I just took a long bamboo skewer and then poked it up through the tulle and secured with a little hot glue.

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If you make enough, you could also string these into a really pretty garland for your party as well!

How to Make a Ballerina Cake


The cake itself is an angel food cake with buttercream frosting. For the cake, I really like this Ina Garten angel food cake recipe (I omitted the lemon zest). For the buttercream frosting, I always follow the recipe on the back of the powdered sugar bag!

Now for how to make the cake stand. Warning - this is a really high-tech method using a kitchen pot!

1. Edge a high cake stand or a kitchen pot turned upside down with double-sided tape:

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2. Put your tutu over the cake stand, and secure in place by pressing against the double-sided tape:

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3. I had already frosted the cake on a dinner plate, and set that on top of the pot once the tutu was on:

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4. From there, I stuck in the tulle pom-poms and a paper ballerina die-cuts glued to skewers and that was it!

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