How to Use Ribbon on a Cake

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How to Use Ribbon on a Cake
Decorate a cake quickly with a colourful ribbon. (Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Add a colourful and elegant border to any cake in minutes with a piece of ribbon. Unlike piping icing or decorating with fondant, using a fabric ribbon requires no skill, special tools or practice as you simply attach it to the cake. You can add one strip of colour around the side of your cake or use multiple ribbons to create a rainbow effect. Just remember to remove your ribbons before you begin to cut and serve your cake.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Paper towel
  • Cake
  • Buttercream icing
  • Paintbrush
  • Water
  • Clear tape

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  1. 1

    Cut a piece of ribbon slightly larger than the diameter of your cake with scissors.

  2. 2

    Drag the ribbon through a folded paper towel to remove any dust from both the front and back of the ribbon.

  3. 3

    Wrap the ribbon around your cake and adjust it until you are satisfied with its placement.

  4. 4

    Attach the ribbon to the cake with small dots of buttercream icing. If you are decorating a fondant cake, you can dampen a clean paintbrush with water and use it to wet the fondant. This will make the fondant sticky so the ribbon will cling to it.

  5. 5

    Tape the end of the ribbon in place with a small piece of clear tape so it overlaps the starting point, creating a colourful border on your cake.

Tips and warnings

  • Some types of ribbon are not appropriate for use on cakes because the oils in the icing or fondant will stain the ribbon. You can test your ribbon by applying a small dot of icing on the back of the ribbon and then wiping it away after one minute. If you can see a stain or discoloured spot on the front of the ribbon, it is not suitable to use on your cake.
  • You can also tie ribbon into a bow and secure it to the cake with a dot of buttercream icing.

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