Real ribbon on cakes

Ok I have never put real ribbon on a cake before and I am just wondering if anyone has tips on what to do, how to secure it, any special kind of ribbon to use, if I don’t use “special” ribbon what can I do to use normal ribbon, etc. This cake will be all butter cream so I am worried the icing might make it stained or leak through. I’ve heard of people ironing on wax paper or using wax paper. Any ideas or help is greatly appreciated! Thanks!!

Melissa

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Jaclyn ...

oh never heard the wax paper idea. Wonder if it works.?

Great topic.

The Cherry on Top ...

I never use anything other than real ribbon on my cakes, but then most of them have been fondant covered and in that case you secure them with a little dab of royal icing at the back, then overlap the ribbon and use another dab of royal icing. If the buttercream is crusting I don’t see why you couldn’t use any type of real ribbon when it has crusted. However, a thicker type of ribbon like a grosgrain should be thick enough to prevent any moisture seeping through and always looks stunning.

simplysweettreats ...

When I use real ribbon on a buttercream covered cake I back the ribbon with acetate. Just use double sided tape to attach the acetate to the ribbon. You can order the acetate online. I know global sugar art has it. HTH!

SarahBeth3 ...

Here is what some people said they do on a previous post that is similar to yours. HTH

http://cakesdecor.com/topics/168

caymancake ...

I use ribbons on cakes – I like the grosgrain ribbon the best :)

Raewyn Read - Cakes by Raewyn ...

I mostly work in fondant but recently did a three tier wedding cake that was finished in buttercream. Yikes! The ribbon was a lovely deep wine colour and the oil from the buttercream leached into the ribbon and changed it to a darker colour! Luckily after the initial horrilbe patching, the whole ribbon changed but what a scary way to learn a hard lesson! I have now heard of several methods to prevent this so thanks for bringing it up :)

Nikki Belleperche ...

I have only put real ribbon on fondant covered cakes but I used the thicker, better quality wedding ribbons from Michaels. I just attached them with a line of royal icing around the cake and you couldn’t see the royal under it at all.. no absorbing or color changing or anything like that.