Sew Yummy: Ruffled Pillow Cake

October 2, 2012

Today’s guest is Stef from girl. Inspired. and she shares my passion for both sewing and baking.

I first noticed Stef’s beautiful sewing during season 3 of Project Run & Play.  How lovely is the Tea Time Signature Dress that she created for the final week? I’d also love to try these flower ribbons if I ever sew for a girl. When I visited her blog I was really pleased to discover that she is just as talented at making sweets and cakes too, like these realistic toadstool cupcakes and a stunning collection of ruffled cakes. She has brought us another gorgeous ruffled creation today.  


Hi there!  I’m Stef and I blog at girl. Inspired.  I was so excited when Laura told me about her plans to host the Sew Yummy series.  Sewing and Baking – two of my favorite things to play!!  I really racked my brain to come up with a baking project that was “sew inspired;” it was so much harder to come up with something than I thought it would be – I settled on replicating a sweet version of my latest sewing obsession – pretty pillows!

Creating this little glass slipper pillow was a cinch.

I sliced the puffed tops off of two cake layers and slapped the flat sides together.  Then, I cut the cake into a square and round down the edges around the perimeter.  I frosted a crumb coating with yummy pink buttercream and popped it in the freezer to harden.

Then, I frosted the cake as smooth as I could with more buttercream and added a ruffled edge around the rim, just like a ruffle in the seam of a pillow.  I piped a dashed line in a quilt-like pattern across the top to look like stitching, but I’m not sure that my hand was steady enough for supreme results.  Haha! I plopped a little decorative shoe on top to complete the look.  Isn’t that fun?

Thank you so much for letting me participate in your fun series, Laura.  I hope you’ll come visit me over at girl. Inspired. – plenty more pink pillows and ruffly frosting over there these days!


What a fun idea Stef. This would be perfect at a little girl’s tea party. Thanks so much for sharing this with us today.

Don’t forget that the fabric giveaway from The Village Haberdashery is still open here.


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  • Reply thelittleloaf October 2, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    These are absolutely stunning! I’m slightly overawed by your talent, but if I get over that I’d love to have a go at making these 🙂

  • Reply icakepops October 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    O my goodness, I’m in awe over your cake! Your tutorial makes it look as though I might actually be able to make this for my little princess! Thank you for sharing this!

  • Reply Sue {munchkin munchies} October 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I saw that first photo and thought…Don’t tell me THAT”S the cake/or cookie?!?! It was! Amazing and beautiful!

  • Reply Hilary. ( Laura's Mum) October 2, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    What a great idea with very clear instructions. It is very effective and you have executed it brilliantly.I have been pondering what cake to make for my friend’s birthday. Thank you for solving my dilemma! I am planning to model a dog to sit on a cushion.

  • Reply abby October 3, 2012 at 5:23 am

    What a gorgeous little cake! So amazingly piped. I really need to work on my piping skills.

  • Reply Lora October 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    This is sew beautiful! Lovely and delicate.

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