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Cake Decoration 101: Say It On a Ribbon

Writing messages on cakes! A tale as old as time. Do it a bit different, a bit more elegant, by writing it on a ribbon! Plus, it happens to be a much easier, and mistake-free method for getting your message on there.

Writing your message on a ribbon

Writing your message on a ribbon is a much easier, mistake-free way to say your salutations elegantly

Think about it: you’ve just finished frosting your cake (with the ever-delightful coconut whipped cream, perhaps?) –  it looks perfect – and, scenarios:

1. Directly on top of the cake, you begin to write “Happy Birthday.” The tip of the icing bag from which you’re writing explodes! Oh no! It’s all over the cake, the frosting has to be re-done, the words corrected/finished…

2. On the ribbon, you’re writing “Happy Birthday.” The tip of the icing bag explodes! Oh no! It’s on your counter BUT the cake is still in perfect form, there’s more ribbon to write on, and plenty of icing to pick up from here.

Save room and ribbon by beginning your writing at the ribbon's tail!

Save room and ribbon by beginning your writing at the ribbon’s tail!

A tip from experience: This may seem obvious, but it took us several (ok, lots!) of mistakes and discarded ribbon to learn it’s best to start writing at the tail end of the ribbon.

When you unravel a bunch with a guess as to how much you need, it can come up short, long, and just not right for the fit. When you begin at the tail end (remember to put a weight on the end to hold it still as your hand moves across!) , you can trim the ribbon at the end of the message, without excess, and lay that across your beautiful cake.

That’s today’s tip! Happy baking, friends!

More Cake Decoration 101 from the 30+ years experience of The Little Aussie Bakery & Cafe‘s well-regarded cake master and baker, Rita Sturzbecher. Learn some basics, perhaps overlooked and/or underrated, to bring greater ease, simplicity, and fun to your cake decorating.

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