Ribbon On Buttercream Cake

Decorating By MandiT Updated 8 Jun 2013 , 1:57am by SweetAngiesCake

MandiT Posted 15 Oct 2008 , 3:09pm
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I have a cake to do with buttercream icing only. How do I keep the ribbon from collecting stains/"wet spots" ?


16 replies
Shelly4481 Posted 15 Oct 2008 , 3:55pm
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I have done many cakes with ribbons. If you let the bc crust well. I usually let it sit overnight and put the ribbon on the next day you won't have any problems with it. At least that is what has worked for me.

luv2cake Posted 15 Oct 2008 , 4:12pm
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I usually take the amount of ribbon that I need and I give it a litght spray of PAM. It will darken the color of the ribbon just a bit, but that way you won't risk having the grease seep through the ribbon in spots. When you spray it with PAM it gets an even coat and looks uniform through out.

PaulaT Posted 15 Oct 2008 , 4:12pm
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I iron the ribbon between wax paper. It covers the ribbon with wax preventing and grease leaking onto the ribbon. If you use this method, place a piece paper towel on top and underneath the wax paper to prevent wax from getting on your ironing board and iron.
Good luck. PM me with any other questions.
Have a great day!

lillidalla Posted 15 Oct 2008 , 4:43pm
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Well, if you have the time and inclination, here's a method that will seal the cake side of the ribbon and thus won't allow any buttercream seepage. Purchase clear contact paper. Measure width and length of the ribbon needed. Measure and cut the contact paper exactly the same and apply it to the cake side of the ribbon. You will need to do this in several increments because of the nature of the contact paper; in other words, it's virtually impossible to cut a strip of contact paper the length of the entire ribbon and get it on straight. Therefore, it's quite a time consuming process but the end result is very good. I found this tip on CC.

tonedna Posted 15 Oct 2008 , 4:47pm
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I just let the ribbon soak in the grease. I know that it will get a shade darker and I tell my brides this.
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cupcakemkr Posted 15 Oct 2008 , 4:52pm
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I know this may stir a pot the wrong way but, if most people here won't put clear contact paper on a cake board why would you put it on your ribbon?

I'd do as tonedna or luv2cake do and either spray it with oil or saturate it another way so that the coloring change will be uniform. Let the customer know that the ribbon shade will be slightly darker.

Good luck!

hammer1 Posted 15 Oct 2008 , 5:31pm
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just posted a cake with ribbon, our first. listened to the people here on this site and just let the bc crust,no problems and we did it two days before the wedding, we even rescued the ribbon and used it on a family cake.

lillidalla Posted 15 Oct 2008 , 8:20pm
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By all means, go with the other methods that apparently are easier and do not cause any apprehension. Cupcakemkr, I just followed a ribbon tip that I found on this site prior to doing my nephew's wedding cake. It worked for me and no one suffered any harm. I wasn't aware that most people here won't use contact paper for cake boards (although I've never even given a thought to doing so myself). Mea culpa.

angelatx Posted 16 Oct 2008 , 2:12pm
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hi everyone! i have a newbie question, please. how do you attach the ribbon to the cake? when the ends come together, how are they put into place??? probably something really simple, but in my mind i always try to complicate everything, lol!! have a great day everyone! TIA! icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif

hammer1 Posted 17 Oct 2008 , 2:09am
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double stick tape to connect the ribbon

Sandylee05 Posted 17 Oct 2008 , 2:53am
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I wish I would've asked this question. I recently did three different ribbon cakes. My buttercream is half butter/ half hi-ratio. My ribbons were "SOAKED" with oil. One cake with a blue ribbon looked like a black ribbon; the other colors weren't too bad. I did let my cakes crust, but I used icing to attach the ribbon. I like the idea of ironing the wax paper; I may try that next time. I also wondered if just putting a piece of scotch tape (one sided) on the back of the ribbon would work.

ladyonzlake Posted 9 Nov 2008 , 12:29am
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I'm sure the "crusting" method works great but I use IMBC and it doesn't crust.

I'm making a BC cake in December with brown ribbon (light blue BC on the cake) around the base of each tier. The cake board will also have brown ribbon around it to match the ribbon on the tiers.

Should I "Pam" the ribbon that will go around the cake base so it looks dark like on the tiers? If the ribbon is greasy will double stick tape still work?

caincakemaker Posted 9 Nov 2008 , 2:41am
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I just cut strips of wax paper the same size or even a "hair" wider than the ribbon, then you don't have to worry and it is really easy. The part of the wax paper that is a "hair" bigger doesn't even show if the cake is frosted white or ivory. hth

I must say a big "duh" to myself on the double stick tape. I have been using straight pins. Does give the cake a nice buttoned up the back look though icon_redface.gif

kokopuff Posted 9 Nov 2008 , 3:04am
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I have been getting my ribbon from a friend who runs a floral shop.Her ribbon is stiffer and is more tolerable to liquids than most.I would just suggest just trying a stiffer ribbon yourself maybe,it seems to work for me but I have been waiting to put it on at the last minute too. icon_smile.gif

ladyonzlake Posted 9 Nov 2008 , 4:34am
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Thanks for the info! I think I'm going to try ironing wax paper onto the ribbon. I have a couple of mini's I put together from some left over cake from the tasting I had today so I will experiement.

SweetAngiesCake Posted 8 Jun 2013 , 1:57am
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When using the "Pam" method, do you spray both sides of the ribbon or just the side that will be touching the cake??

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