I need help with this. Unless I'm using black ribbon, the oils from the buttercream soak through my real ribbon on the sides of cakes. How do you prevent this? Is there a certain type of ribbon to use or do you back your ribbon with something to prevent this soak through? I have tried backing with clear tape but it still soaks through from top edge. Or are all those cakes I have seen just covered in fondant and dont have to worry about it? Thanks for any advice.
when I use real ribbon on buttercream I do one of two things, I rub crisco on the back end covereing all of it and stick it on the cake, this way the color is even, or I run the ribbon through water then take my two fingers and run the ribbon through them to remove excess water and stick it on cake. the ribbon color will be darker when doing these but the color is even and no grease stains show through. Since you are using black, the darker color wont be an issue
Thanks. Im not actually using black all the time. I just know I dont have the problem with black and I do with all other colors. Thanks for the great tips!!!
I spray Pam on the ribbon... same concept as sechrestloans.
I take packing clear tape and line the back of the ribbon. Works GREAT!
I also use clear packing tape, works great.
when I use real ribbon on buttercream I do one of two things, I rub crisco on the back end covereing all of it and stick it on the cake,
My icing is also a great crusting icing, so usually when I put the ribbon on, the icing has crusted so there's no moisture on the icing to soak into the ribbon. It was only when I was doing it last minute that I had to use to the crisco trick.
If I use a ribbon that I think will show through I put a strip of wax paper behind the ribbon. You can do this several ways, you can use double stick tape to attach the strip or you can put the wax paper strip on the cake first, then put your ribbon around that, or I've also used Press 'n Seal as backing instead of double sided tape to attach.
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So glad to see this post! I've been wondering the same thing. I've never put ribbon on a cake before, but I've got a request for one. How do you attach it?
Freezer paper works well.
I put wax paper behind the ribbon. Someone asked how to attach - I use melted chocolate to attach the ribbon to itself at the seam in the back.