Help With Ribbon Around Cake???

Decorating By crablegs Updated 23 Jul 2008 , 2:55pm by crablegs

crablegs Posted 21 Jul 2008 , 2:11pm
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I am doing a wedding this weekend with the satin ribbon around each tier. What do I put under the ribbon to keep the RI from showing thru?

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crablegs Posted 21 Jul 2008 , 2:35pm
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can anyone help. I remeber seeing it on here but I can't find it now.

ccr03 Posted 21 Jul 2008 , 3:57pm
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I thought it was just wax paper - but I could be wrong.

malishka Posted 21 Jul 2008 , 4:06pm
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I think someone here once said to soak it first in oil and then put the ribbon on. That way the oil from the buttercream won't show it's spots. The ribbon becomes a darker color when this is done, so pick one shade lighter than you need.
I know i saw that on here, but I can't remember where.

michellesArt Posted 21 Jul 2008 , 4:06pm
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i'm pretty sure that you put a layer of wax paper under the ribbon-have you tried a seach? hth

kimmypooh79 Posted 21 Jul 2008 , 4:11pm
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Since we're on the topic of ribbons....how do you attach them. Someone in my cake class said she used a pin where the ribbon overlapped in the back but I'm afraid I'll stick my finger in the cake. I thought about trying those premade glue dots between the ribbon layers to make close it. It wouldn't be touching the cake but what do you think?

mayra Posted 21 Jul 2008 , 4:12pm
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you can iron on wax paper onto the ribbon and it will prevent it from showing. I suggest ironing it with a brown paper bag on top.

leannsloan Posted 21 Jul 2008 , 4:14pm
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I would like to know this also I just did a cake and was not sure how to do it so I made the ribbion out of fondant that was FUN! next time I would very much like to try ribbon thanks for asking the question crablegs its a good one

Aliwis000 Posted 21 Jul 2008 , 4:16pm
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I remember a topic about this too! I also remember the wax paper trick, but I think someone also said something about a strip of thing fondant or gum paste as well attached to the back of the ribbon. Hope this helps!

malishka Posted 21 Jul 2008 , 4:16pm
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How about attaching it with a little dab of royal icing where the ribbon overlaps at the back of the cake?

Shelly4481 Posted 21 Jul 2008 , 4:27pm
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Are you just using the royal icing the hold the ribbon? If you are using a crusting bc and you let it sit and crust very well then you really don't need to do anything. I have done it a few times and frosted the cake friday evening, the next day I put the ribbon on and it did fine. Then used a straight pin (like the ones in flower shops) to make it stay on the back of cake.

tonedna Posted 21 Jul 2008 , 4:28pm
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Some people swear by ironing the wax from the wax paper to the ribbon helps. Others say that it doesnt work. Personally as long as the cake is white, you can add the ribbon with no problem, just know that it will get a shade darker. If It is a soft ribbon and a lighter color it migh become translucent over the buttercream, so be careful on the ribbon you choose. Gross grain ribbon tends to hold better under greasy situations more than the satin ribbon. So do the stiffer ribbons use for packaging gifts.
Some people use pins. Others use a dot of glue gun on the ribbon (make sure is just the ribbbon) to hold it tight in the back. Royal Icing wont hold unless is fondant.
Play with ribbons until you find the one that holds better for your buttercream and always remember they get a shade darker.
Finally.. explain this to your brides. Tell them before hand the ribbon will get a shade darker in buttercream. Usually they dont have a problem with this. If they do the options are fondant cake or fondant ribbon wich is a more expensive cake. They usually say "its Ok lets do ribbon" icon_biggrin.gif

Melan Posted 21 Jul 2008 , 4:30pm
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You can back your ribbon with clear plastic tape-like packing tape, then it wont bleed through... I also secure mine with royal icing -works great. I've seen it done with corsage type pins.

Melan Posted 21 Jul 2008 , 4:30pm
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You can back your ribbon with clear plastic tape-like packing tape, then it wont bleed through... I also secure mine with royal icing -works great. I've seen it done with corsage type pins.

Melan Posted 21 Jul 2008 , 4:31pm
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You can back your ribbon with clear plastic tape-like packing tape, then it wont bleed through... I also secure mine with royal icing -works great. I've seen it done with corsage type pins.

OhioBaker Posted 21 Jul 2008 , 4:38pm
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If you use a ribbon made of Polyester, it won't absorb the grease. You can also just use some icing where the ends meet for the connection. I've done this without problems.

Good luck! icon_biggrin.gif

loriemoms Posted 21 Jul 2008 , 4:46pm
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I also back my ribbon with packing tape...real easy to do and it adds some stiffness to the ribbon so it holds up better. I tried the wax paper ironing thing. Didnt work. I tried the soaking in oil thing. Made a yecky mess. I tried just putting the ribbon even on crusting buttercream and it made dark blotches. These are all great suggestions, but I just had no luck with them. So I saw the tape sitting there one day and have used it ever since.

I buy really pretty straight pins used for quilting..they are a little longer and thicker and have nice pearl heads in different colors. I either match the ribbon or I pick a pearl white and just join the ribbon together using this. If your cake has a back, then it works fine and if its in the middle of the room, its pretty. The venues love it because they just pull the pin out, the ribbon falls off the cake and boom, they can do their cake cutting...

65% of my cakes this season have had ribbon on them....so I had to do a lot of playing and learning!!

tonedna Posted 21 Jul 2008 , 4:59pm
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Originally Posted by tonedna

Some people swear by ironing the wax from the wax paper to the ribbon helps. Others say that it doesnt work. Personally as long as the cake is white, you can add the ribbon with no problem, just know that it will get a shade darker. If It is a soft ribbon and a lighter color it migh become translucent over the buttercream, so be careful on the ribbon you choose. Gross grain ribbon tends to hold better under greasy situations more than the satin ribbon. So do the stiffer ribbons use for packaging gifts.
Some people use pins. Others use a dot of glue gun on the ribbon (make sure is just the ribbbon) to hold it tight in the back. Royal Icing wont hold unless is fondant. The grease will melt unless the ribbon is grease proof.
Play with ribbons until you find the one that holds better for your buttercream and always remember they get a shade darker.
Finally.. explain this to your brides. Tell them before hand the ribbon will get a shade darker in buttercream. Usually they dont have a problem with this. If they do the options are fondant cake or fondant ribbon wich is a more expensive cake. They usually say "its Ok lets do ribbon" icon_biggrin.gif


jjkarm Posted 21 Jul 2008 , 5:05pm
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I like packing tape, it works like a charm. Just stick it to the wrong side of your ribbon then trim it down to fit the width. Double sided tape will also hold the ends of the ribbon together and you can't see it at all.

DFND Posted 21 Jul 2008 , 5:11pm
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I adhere fondant to the buttercream and then wrap my ribbon around the cake. Works like a charm.

BakingJeannie Posted 21 Jul 2008 , 5:18pm
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Wet ribbon in oil or water and use royal icing to fasten it in the back.

Edit Posted 21 Jul 2008 , 5:29pm
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I asked this question one time, and somebody suggested using Kopykake clear acetate ribbon around the cake under the ribbon. I was more concerned about the dies from the ribbon leaching into the cake than the ribbon getting greasy, so I used it and it worked perfectly. It is clear and you can only see it if you examine the cake very closely. I joined the end pieces together with a hot glue gun. (I tried RI, but it showed through).
As I remember, the ribbon comes in 2.5 and 3" width. You can use your leftover ribbon for making chocolate strips around your other cakes.

loriemoms Posted 21 Jul 2008 , 7:11pm
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btw, if anyone is looking for a place to ORDER ribbon from, I use lonestar....You might be lucky in your area to find ribbon is some odd green shape, but my area is it hard to find!

http://www.lsribbon.com/

They have any color you can image, any size, is not badly priced, and you and even order a color card of samples to show your customers. (The brides LOVE this! ) Shipping is very fast..I usually get my ribbon in a couple of days.

leannsloan Posted 21 Jul 2008 , 9:52pm
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loriemoms
Thanks I have been looking for a place to order my ribbon form I aslo like the fact you can get sample cards again THANK YOU !!! Le'Ann

crablegs Posted 23 Jul 2008 , 2:55pm
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Thanks for all the help guys!!! I will let you know how it turns out.

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