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How To Decorate a Cake with Ribbon

Fabric ribbon wrapped around lovely cakes has become very trendy in the last few years. Learn how to achieve this beautiful look and take your desserts to the next level!

The shiny smooth texture and shot of color banding the cake is a beautiful contrast to whatever frosting the ribbon sits against. The style is simply elegant. But if you’re a do-it-yourselfer, the frustrating question is: How do you put the ribbon on there and still have it look presentable? Get just a touch of buttercream frosting or fondant on the material and massive grease blooms will appear - and greasy ribbon on cake is just not an attractive look.

But there are two ways to achieve the ribbon-around-the-cake style. Choose whatever works best for you.

Method 1



Packing tape

3-5 candy melts, melted


This method of attaching grease-less ribbon to cake is so simple it’s scary.

Step 1: Find yourself a roll of packing tape, and cut your ribbon to a length that will wrap all the way around your cake - with a little extra to secure the ends together.

Step 2: Place the ribbon face down on a clean surface that tape will easily peel off of (not paper—a table or something similar will work better.) Run a piece of packing tape along the back of the full length of the ribbon. (It’s ok if it sticks off the sides of the ribbon; we’ll take care of that next.) Peel up the tape-backed ribbon and trim any extra tape from the sides of the ribbon. Now your ribbon is cake ready!

Step 3: Carefully wrap the ribbon around your cake, taking care not to get any icing on the ribbon as you wrap the ends to the back of the cake. Wet buttercream will act like glue, and the ribbon will stick to the cake and not move. Use a dab of the melted candy melts to glue the ends of the ribbon together and secure them to the cake.

Method 2



Vegetable oil

3-5 candy melts, melted


Step 1: To get a greaseless ribbon here, you’re actually going to get the ribbon all greasy! Spread little bits of oil on your cut ribbon until the whole thing is saturated. You’ll want to start with a ribbon a shade or two lighter than you want, as the oil will darken the ribbon.

Step 2: Then, attach it to the cake the same way as in method 1.

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