Using Fabric Ribbon

Decorating By LindieLu Updated 9 Jun 2010 , 9:01pm by Zahrah

LindieLu Posted 9 Jun 2010 , 3:23am
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I apolgize if this has been answered a million times before but when I do a search and try to back out, i always have to start all over and it's getting late (and i really need to head to bed).

I haven't used real ribbon on a cake before, as i typically use fondant or just border it with buttercream. I am thinking about doing a cake (covered in buttercream) and want to put a fabric ribbon around it. I see that people here do it all the time.. but I was thinking that the grease from the icing would seep through the ribbon.... are there any tricks or tips you can give me to prevent this?? Thanks in advance!

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Geechigirl Posted 9 Jun 2010 , 4:25am
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I use sheer/organza type ribbon when I use it on buttercream cakes.

bakescupcakes Posted 9 Jun 2010 , 4:49am
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I cut a strip of grease proof paper the same width as ribbon and place it under the ribbon.

Geechigirl Posted 9 Jun 2010 , 4:57am
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What kind of paper is "Grease Proof Paper?"

VNatividad Posted 9 Jun 2010 , 5:01am
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I've read in different post to add a strip of wax or parchment paper to back of ribbon using double sided tape. Another post said to tape the back of ribbon. Hope that helps.

Geechigirl Posted 9 Jun 2010 , 5:06am
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I never thought about the tape thing...thanks

bakescupcakes Posted 9 Jun 2010 , 6:18am
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Sorry...over here 'grease proof paper' is wax or parchment paper.

mamawrobin Posted 9 Jun 2010 , 6:22am
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I use wax paper. I cut the wax paper the same size as the ribbon and put it on the cake first then cover with the ribbon. It stays in place just fine w/o taping it together. thumbs_up.gif

StandingForJesus Posted 9 Jun 2010 , 7:31am
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Ive taped wax paper on the back of ribbon several times and it works just fine but its really a hassel to do so. I never knew the wax paper would stay in place without taping it, but will be tickled to give it a try too next time.

LindieLu Posted 9 Jun 2010 , 1:43pm
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Originally Posted by mamawrobin

I use wax paper. I cut the wax paper the same size as the ribbon and put it on the cake first then cover with the ribbon. It stays in place just fine w/o taping it together. thumbs_up.gif




I'm assuming you put the wax paper on the cake before the icing crusts?? i want the icing to crust so i can smooth it with the paint roller so I guess I'm not sure how the wax paper would stick to the cake... maybe add some icing on the bottom just before I put the wax paper on?

Also.. how does the ribbon stick to the wax paper without taping it there? Do you just tape where the 2 ends meet?

Sorry for all the questions.. but if i can avoid a mistake or make things easier for me i'd like to try. icon_biggrin.gif Thanks!

mamawrobin Posted 9 Jun 2010 , 3:27pm
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Originally Posted by LindieLu

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Originally Posted by mamawrobin

I use wax paper. I cut the wax paper the same size as the ribbon and put it on the cake first then cover with the ribbon. It stays in place just fine w/o taping it together. thumbs_up.gif



I'm assuming you put the wax paper on the cake before the icing crusts?? i want the icing to crust so i can smooth it with the paint roller so I guess I'm not sure how the wax paper would stick to the cake... maybe add some icing on the bottom just before I put the wax paper on?

Also.. how does the ribbon stick to the wax paper without taping it there? Do you just tape where the 2 ends meet?

Sorry for all the questions.. but if i can avoid a mistake or make things easier for me i'd like to try. icon_biggrin.gif Thanks!




I don't add my wax paper or ribbon until I'm finished decorating the cake. It has already crusted sure but I've never seen a reason for the wax paper/ribbon to "stick" to the cake. I just put it on and "glue" it together where the ends meet with royal icing and it stays in place just fine. It's also much easier to remove for cutting. I've never stuck my ribbon TO the cake.

LindieLu Posted 9 Jun 2010 , 6:01pm
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Originally Posted by mamawrobin

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Originally Posted by LindieLu

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Originally Posted by mamawrobin

I use wax paper. I cut the wax paper the same size as the ribbon and put it on the cake first then cover with the ribbon. It stays in place just fine w/o taping it together. thumbs_up.gif



I'm assuming you put the wax paper on the cake before the icing crusts?? i want the icing to crust so i can smooth it with the paint roller so I guess I'm not sure how the wax paper would stick to the cake... maybe add some icing on the bottom just before I put the wax paper on?

Also.. how does the ribbon stick to the wax paper without taping it there? Do you just tape where the 2 ends meet?

Sorry for all the questions.. but if i can avoid a mistake or make things easier for me i'd like to try. icon_biggrin.gif Thanks!



I don't add my wax paper or ribbon until I'm finished decorating the cake. It has already crusted sure but I've never seen a reason for the wax paper/ribbon to "stick" to the cake. I just put it on and "glue" it together where the ends meet with royal icing and it stays in place just fine. It's also much easier to remove for cutting. I've never stuck my ribbon TO the cake.




This makes sense to me now! When you said you never used tape, i was trying to figure how in the world did you get the ribbon to stick to each other. I got it now. Thanks! icon_smile.gif

Zahrah Posted 9 Jun 2010 , 9:01pm
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I've used grossgrain as well as satin on grossgrain over crusted buttercrea and haven't had a problem yet.

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