I am new to cake making and have been asked to make a cake for a family member's birthday. I would like to do a simple, 2-3 tiered cake and wrap the bottom of the cakes with a piece of fabric ribbon and have flowers on the very top. I know that fondant would be the best choice for this kind of cake, but I have NO EXPERIENCE using it. I'm wondering if I would be crazy to even try using fondant or if I should stick with buttercream. The problem with buttercream is that I'm not sure how to attach the fabric ribbon without ruining the icing job or the ribbon. Any ideas here would be greatly appreciated. I only have 3 days!
stick with what you are familiar with unless you want to challenge yourself. As far as sticking the ribbon to the cake, just pipe alittle buttercream then place the ribbon while its still tacky
You can also put tape on the back of the ribbon (sicky side on the ribbon, not the cake), and that will seal the ribbon so it doesn't get all disgusting.
There have been other threads on CC that some say to iron your ribbon between wax paper so that the buttercream won't bleed on the ribbon. I have never tried it. Just a thought to throw out there.
Yes, stick with what you know... just make sure your ribbon is moisture proof. You can put waxed paper on the back of it (just use some non-toxic stick glue or tape to adhere the waxed paper to the ribbon (you could use parchment paper, etc.).
Fondant is a whole new ballgame.
wow. three days to perfect a tiered cake? have you ever done one before? I'm guessing you haven't. wow. that's all i can say.
fondant isnt necessarily the best choice for a tiered cake, it's totally personal choice. in this case, I would DEFINITELY say buttercream. for sure.
I don't really have any advice about anything, but just wanted to wish you luck! and welcome to CC!
Well, I guess I've been told. Perhaps a sheet cake will be a better choice.
Thanks for the advice everyone! I'll have to see what happens. Fondant is definitely out of the question since it's almost 100 degrees outside. And about 90 inside.