Attach Criss Cross Style Ribbon To Cake?

Decorating By karrotcurl Updated 27 Jun 2014 , 2:31pm by aoeventscakes

karrotcurl Posted 30 Sep 2009 , 10:51pm
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Sorry if there is already a post on this. I'm having trouble finding things through the search...

I need to make a 3 tier wedding cake (bottom two layers will be dummy cakes) 6", 8", 10" rounds with white fondant, and the bride is requesting something like the attached one below.

Any tip on how to do this successfully is GREATLY appreciated! icon_biggrin.gif

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karrotcurl Posted 1 Oct 2009 , 2:17pm
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Just want to clarify since I haven't seen a response. I'm just looking for how to wrap the cakes in the ribbon like in the photo.

1) Do I attach it with RI or pins? Do the top angles need to be fixed too?

2) Do I have to back the ribbon with anything?

3) Do I just use one ribbon to continuously wrap it around, or cut it up?


sugaah Posted 1 Oct 2009 , 2:28pm
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All i can do is try to think it thru with you. You might have to cut the ribbon because they look to be different widths and if you look closely it looks like there might be pins on the backside although I would use icing in spots to hold the angle. I hope we can figure this out. It is a very pretty technique.

Cakeonista Posted 1 Oct 2009 , 2:36pm
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I'd love to know also.

sadsmile Posted 1 Oct 2009 , 2:52pm
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I used tiny dots of RI to secure this thin satin ribbon around this cake. You couldn't see it at all. Just arrange your ribbon to start and stop at a point you can cover with a bow or a flower or something.

karrotcurl Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 12:33am
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Thanks for the suggestions! I have another dumb question... Probably should be a different question altogether, but...

The bride has a 12" cake pedestal that she is going to have sitting on the cake table at the reception. The bottom layer I'm doing is 10". Can I use a 12" board? The cake pedestal has a rim around it, so I wasn't sure it would actually fit, but I haven't seen an 11" board before. I'm sure I'm over complicating this whole thing, but it's my first wedding cake and I'M FREAKING OUT!


Texas_Rose Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 12:45am
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You can cut your own board from foamcore and have the exact size you need.

cocobean Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 1:27am
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I attached my ribbon with piping gel. I pipped the gel in a thin line where I wanted it to go, then set the ribbon against it, starting with one end. I had already sort of premeasured the ribbon pieces that I wanted to place. That helped to to not be working with a piece that is too much longer than you will need. Hope that makes sense.

I'll try and attach a picture of the cake.

sweetneice Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 1:30am
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I always wondered how to do that technique! Thanks for asking!

cocobean Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 1:50am
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...should have added with the above cake. You can wipe off any excess gel that squirts out from the sides of the ribbon because your bc will be crusted. Also the gel soaks into the ribbon (satin used there) but it dries and doesn't look any different. Satin still looks satin. It works great! icon_smile.gif

karrotcurl Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 2:47pm
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THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! This has all been VERY helpful! icon_biggrin.gif

aoeventscakes Posted 27 Jun 2014 , 2:31pm
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I used a dab of piping gel on the beginning and the end and just wrapped it without anything else. Never moved. I don' think you need to put piping gel on the entire ribbon. Unless you're using gross-grain ribbon; satin ribbons are much easier. Tip: do this on a just out of the fridge cake so it's firm and the ribbon won't leave slight indentations on your fondant/BC if you decide to re-position the ribbon (I learnt the hard way lol)


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