Hi- just wondering how to put ribbon around a cake frosted in buttercream? Won't the oils stain the ribbon?
I've never had a problem with it and I just add a little water to help stick. Let the buttercream crust first.
I read somewhere on another forum about ironing the ribbon between wax paper. The ribbon will absorb some of the wax and make it grease proof. I do that for all my satin ribbon and it works great. I have done it without and had some grease absorption on the ribbon. Like from if I made a repair or had to pipe near it. I make sure my icing is crusted before applying the ribbon as well. I usually use tape to attach,in back. However, I have used a pin, but I prefer not to for safety. I am worried that someone will serve it with the pin in. Hope this helps. Also they make a water proof ribbon, I think it's called aqua ribbon. It works ok, it doesn't absorb but I don't like it. I would rather iron the satin between wax paper.
I've done this a couple of times on wedding cakes. I always wait and attach the ribbon when I deliver and set up and have not had any problems. I just wrap it around the cake and secure with a straight pin at the back. Just be sure you tell the server that the pin is there. They can just pull it out, uncurl the ribbon, and serve.