My Ribbon Trick

Business By jillmakescakes Updated 13 Aug 2009 , 2:01pm by michellesArt

jillmakescakes Posted 8 Aug 2009 , 1:28am
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so I think most of us have had a cake with ribbon lately. I did a few before it occurred to me that they had to cut through the ribbon, or take it off for their pictures.

so I had this "well, duh" moment. I decided that I would cut the ribbon the bottom tier just short and then add a secret panel for them to remove for their cutting. Here are some photos of what I mean.
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2SchnauzerLady Posted 8 Aug 2009 , 1:44am
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Cool idea, Thanks.

Lynnzee Posted 8 Aug 2009 , 3:13am
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that is a great tip you just saved me from having my own duh moment

cylstrial Posted 8 Aug 2009 , 5:26pm
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That's a good idea Jill! Thanks for sharing!

DebBTX Posted 8 Aug 2009 , 9:05pm
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That is a good idea.

How are you attaching the ribbon to the cake, and then the ribbon to the ribbon?

-Debbie B.

jillmakescakes Posted 8 Aug 2009 , 9:44pm
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I usually use a very tiny dab of buttercream to attach the ribbon to the cake and then another super small dab to attach the ribbon to ribbon.

I also iron wax paper onto my ribbon to help prevent bleeding. I actually use a hair straightener as my iron. Its easier than a real iron and takes up less space!

IsaSW Posted 9 Aug 2009 , 1:43am
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Thanks for sharing.
I have a question, this wax paper, is it regular wax paper or a special one.

Also if it is fondant, Do you still use the wax paper?

A third question, if the ribbon is a wired ribbon, do you see this as a problem, or do you think it should be better if I try to take the wire out of it.

Thanks in advance for your answers.
I have my real first ribbon wedding cake in a week, and have this little issues.

summernoelle Posted 9 Aug 2009 , 2:33am
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Oh, very cool. Nice idea!

jillmakescakes Posted 9 Aug 2009 , 2:36am
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its just regular wax paper, i don't do this if the cake is covered in fondant and I haven't used wired ribbon before, but I can't think it would make a huge difference, but it might get a little hot.

mkolmar Posted 9 Aug 2009 , 10:25pm
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Great idea!

notjustcakes Posted 9 Aug 2009 , 10:54pm
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I affix the ribbon by just lightly pressing it into the buttercream. It stays just fine. When I get to where the 2 ends meet, I fold over the end of the ribbon about a half inch for a neat rounded edge..Then I press two corsage pins into the ribbon and it really looks pretty. When the bride and groom got to cut the cake, they just pull out the pins and pull the ribbon back slightly to cut.

jenmat Posted 10 Aug 2009 , 7:06pm
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love the wax paper idea- I usually cut freezer paper to fit the ribbon and adhere that first, but there is always a chance of it slipping- having attached wax paper backing in genius!

cakeschmake Posted 12 Aug 2009 , 11:37pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jillmakescakes

I usually use a very tiny dab of buttercream to attach the ribbon to the cake and then another super small dab to attach the ribbon to ribbon.

I also iron wax paper onto my ribbon to help prevent bleeding. I actually use a hair straightener as my iron. Its easier than a real iron and takes up less space!




Awesome idea to use the hair straightener thumbs_up.gif
I tried it with a regular iron once and got frustrated and just did without, but the ribbon was already a dark color. I have a cake w/pale yellow ribbon to do for this weekend and have been stressing out about it absorbing the moisture.

I am going to use this trick!

Thanks!

Jannie92869 Posted 13 Aug 2009 , 12:13am
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Tried the ribbon with wax paper idea today............wax paper did not stick to ribbon?

jillmakescakes Posted 13 Aug 2009 , 1:13am
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no, the wax paper isn't supposed to stick to the ribbon, the heat from the iron transfers the wax onto the ribbon.

Marianna46 Posted 13 Aug 2009 , 2:21am
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Just wanted to add my thanks to you for sharing these tips. I haven't made a cake with ribbon yet, but I've been wanting to try. This will save me a whole lot of angst and frustration! icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif

Jannie92869 Posted 13 Aug 2009 , 11:49am
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Jillsmakescakes.....................
Now that was funny...real funny! LOL LOL icon_biggrin.gif
I did the ironing twice.....lifted up the cloth and it still wasn't attached icon_surprised.gif
It did change the texture of the ribbon though.....and now I know why.
Thanks for that info. icon_redface.gif

Deehrvy Posted 13 Aug 2009 , 12:34pm
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Thank you for answering a question that I have always had about using ribbon....thanks again for sharing.

Cristi-Tutty Posted 13 Aug 2009 , 1:01pm
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I always wondered how to put a ribbon on the cake..wow..thank you, definitely I will try this...

Tug Posted 13 Aug 2009 , 1:16pm
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I use Crisco to get the ribbon to stick.
Use a dab of crisco on your fingers and run it up and down both sides of the ribbon.....a thin film is all you need. It prevents any frosting from bleeding onto the ribbon and leaving grease spots. It also allows the ribbon to stick very well to the cake and itself.
Keep in mind that by doing this, it may make your ribbon a smidge bit darker.

cakesbybert Posted 13 Aug 2009 , 1:30pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Tug

I use Crisco to get the ribbon to stick.
Use a dab of crisco on your fingers and run it up and down both sides of the ribbon.....a thin film is all you need. It prevents any frosting from bleeding onto the ribbon and leaving grease spots. It also allows the ribbon to stick very well to the cake and itself.
Keep in mind that by doing this, it may make your ribbon a smidge bit darker.




Tug - thats the way I've done my ribbon cakes for years and it works great!!

hensor Posted 13 Aug 2009 , 1:31pm
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I have used clear contact paper on the back of my ribbon before. It makes it nice and frim to be able to wrap around the cake layers and no bleeding from the buttercream.

michellesArt Posted 13 Aug 2009 , 2:01pm
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i used doublesided tape to make parchment paper stick but i think i'd like to try the wax/ironing method i had a light blue go dark navy and had to make fondant ribbon instead. not that i made much difference and i was able to closer match the colour she wanted but i had already paid for the ribbon

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