How to Use a Ribbon on a Wedding Cake With Butter Creme Frosting

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Ribbon can be used on a cake in a variety of ways. Twist narrow ribbon onto the cake to mimic the detailing on the brides dress, make rosettes from ribbon to accent the cake topper and wrap wide ribbon around the base of a cake to hide seams where tiers come together or where cakes set on the cake board. The most effective way to attach ribbon to a cake is to use butter cream frosting like glue to adhere the ribbon to the finished surface of the butter crème or fondant frosting.

Things You'll Need

  • Cake
  • Ribbon
  • Butter cream icing
  • Icing bag
  • Round tip
  • Lazy Suzanne
  • Iron
  • Sewing pin
  • Toothpick

Trim

  • Select a wide piece of ribbon in a color that coordinates with the wedding colors and the other colors used on the cake. It can be as simple as a string of ribbed or satin ribbon or as elaborate as embroidered or gathered ribbon.

  • Measure the perimeter of each area or tier of the cake you intend to wrap ribbon around and cut sections of the ribbon to length. Add about an inch to each measurement to allow room for a seam.

  • Iron the strips of ribbon. This will make the ribbon go on the cake smoother and will make the finished product look more professional.

  • Apply a strip of butter cream icing down the ribbon with a narrow round tip and an icing bag.

  • Put the cake on a lazy Suzanne so that you can spin the cake as you work the ribbon around it.

  • Stick the end of the ribbon in the center of the back side of the cake. If the butter cream is not thick enough to anchor the ribbon in place, push a sewing pin through the ribbon and into the cake to hold it in place.

  • Use two fingers to smooth the ribbon into position as you turn the lazy Suzanne and wrap the ribbon around the base of the cake. You should use enough pressure to press the butter cream frosting flat and anchor the ribbon to the cake. If you use too much pressure, however, the ribbon can become indented rather than having a smooth even finish.

  • Overlap the two ends of ribbon. Put a dab of icing no more than pea-sized, between the two ends of the ribbon to act as glue and hold the two ends together.

Detailing

  • Make bows or rosettes in advance according to the directions of your choice. Directions for bows and rosettes from ribbon are available online and in ribbon craft books which you can purchase at your local craft store.

  • Draw out your design on paper first so that you have a pattern to work from.

  • Use a narrow round tip and an icing bag to draw the design onto the surface of the cake. Put a line of icing where you will use strands of ribbon and small dots of icing where you will place rosettes or bows.

  • Press narrow ribbon into the lines of icing, and bows or rosettes into the dots.

  • Use a toothpick to pick away any excess icing from the cake surface around the ribbon.

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References

  • "Fabulous Cake Decorating: Step-by-Step Instructions for Beautiful Results"; Eaglemoss Publications; 2000
  • "Ribbon: The Art of Adornment"; Nicholas Kniel, et al.; 2008
  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images
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