I'm finishing up a wedding cake and I need to put the ribbon on. I'm not really sure how to go about doing that. I have heard that some people put oil on the ribbon to make it stick to the cake but won't that effect the taste of the cake or make the color bleed on to the icing, or make the icing oily? Help please!!
If it's buttercream use piping gel to stick it. Some people oil the ribbon to keep random grease spots from showing, depends on the type of ribbon you use. Not enough to alter the taste. If you have the time you could line the back of the ribbon with waxed paper.
Ok, so I took the time to line all my ribbons with wax paper once, but small edges here and there were barely touching the cake, and turned the whole ribbon darker anyway. I would use a lighter color ribbon and let the grease from the cake darken it, or buy waterproof ribbon from a cake store. As long as your buttercream is adequately crusted, I wouldn't think it would bleed onto the cake. Hth!
I used the piping gel and it worked perfectly! Thank you so much!
I use crisco. You do not have to worry about grease spots coming through on your ribbon later because you have already solved that problem. It gives you an even finish on the ribbon and your ribbon stays smooth.