Even the neatest join between the bottom edge of the cake and the cake board looks better if it is in some way ‘finished off’. Traditionally, a piece of ribbon around the bottom of the cake did the job perfectly, and still does … but there are lots of other jolly good ways to finish your cake. Here are a few that I’ve tried …
You’re not just limited to sugar paste balls … I used sugar paste carrots here to complement my gardening theme!
I piped ‘grass’ around the bottom of this cake with a grass piping nozzle, using green coloured buttercream. I then just added some simple sugar paste flowers to pretty it up as the cake was for a lady.
On this BBQ cake, I simply added a long sausage shape of sugar paste in orange, which matched the lettering, to give a hint of ‘fire’ at the base of the BBQ. This was one of the first party cakes I made and I was finishing it at about 2am so needed something simple and quick, but it worked well!
The flowers around the bottom of my baby shower cake are just made by cutting out a circle of sugar paste, loosely folding it in half then bending it into an ‘S’ shape. It gave a bit more interest to an otherwise very simple cake. Either cut out your circles a few at a time and then make and stick the flowers, or keep your sugarpaste circles under cling film (plastic wrap) to prevent them drying out and cracking when you bend them. Stick them onto the cake at different angles.
I still use ribbon to finish a cake, but ribbons have become much more interesting than plain satin! This sewing and knitting cake was made for my mum who is amazing at both! I found this ‘tape measure’ grosgrain ribbon online which was the perfect finishing touch. I’d seen cakes where people had made tape measures from icing, or paper, but this was super easy and just like a real tape measure!
You can find a ribbon to complement pretty much any theme nowadays. Just look on the internet and you’ll find a fabulous array to choose from at very reasonable prices. When you see what’s on offer, you’ll be buying the ribbon first then designing your cake to match! I cut my ribbon a little longer than the circumference of the cake and secure it with double-sided sticky tape on the overlap. You can also use a dab of royal icing to hold it in place. Some people use a large headed pin to secure the ribbon, however I would not recommend this for safety reasons.
Balls of sugar paste are really easy to make and to coordinate with your other decorations. I used the same colours as my letters to create a rainbow design without an actual rainbow shape! To ensure all of your balls are the same size, roll out your sugar paste to an even thickness then use a small cutter to cut out equal sized pieces then roll each into a ball! You can stop the balls rolling away with a tiny dab of water, edible glue or piping gel.