Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ribbon Cake

There are lots of birthdays to celebrate in March
Purple Chocolat Home!
What better way to celebrate than a purple cake?

Actually, I have only made a couple of purple cakes
in my life.  My very first was when I was about 10 years
old and what was to be a two layer cake turned out about
1 1/2 inches tall and what was to be purple frosting was
a yucky brownish muck.  Wish I had a picture of that cake
to show people you can be a total failure on your first try!

My daugher in law Lindsay had made a ribbon cake
for her daughter's first birthday last July so we wanted 
her to teach us how to do it.  There are plenty of tutorials
on the internet.  She had watched one and learned how.

Since we were celebrating at our family Sunday dinner
I called everyone and told them that I was making
the cake and Lindsay would teach us if they wanted
to come 30 minutes early.

I had the cake crumb coated and we made a wonderful
frosting using cream.  Everyone had a hand in it so it 
had a little more variety than it would have but it was
fun giving it a try.  It is important to keep the #150 tip
straight up and down and touch the side of the cake and
the preceeding ribbon.  If you start going crooked, just
scrape it off and try again (we did a lot of that!)

We laughed a lot and had fun giving it a try and in the end,
the finished product was beautiful and delicious.

Cream Frosting Recipe
(I used about 2 1/2 recipes for the ribbons)

1/2 C. soft butter
4 C. powdered sugar
1 tsp. almond flavoring
enough cream to make a fairly stiff frosting, but
soft enough to pipe

Place the butter, sugar and flavor in a large mixing bowl
and add enough cream to make a stiff frosting.  The frosting 
will get soft as you pipe it out.  We kept it in the fridge and
filled the bag several times as when it gets too soft, the ribbons
won't hold their shape.

We love to save some sparklers and put one on top
of birthday cakes.  

Happy Birthday to any other 
March birthdays.  I think it is one of the best
months of the year to have a birthday!
Some of the photos were taken by my niece
Gabby who got a new Canon Rebel for Christmas!

I will be posting this with


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. Jacqueline, yea the slide show is working for me! It's wonderful. What a terrific idea. I need to try this.
    The ribbon cake is pretty. Looks like a fun project. Love the rose cake you made too.
    Happy, Happy to all the birthday folks. ~ Sarah

  2. Jacqueline, this ribbon cake is so pretty!! You always have the most wonderful cakes!! Love the Easter Parade!! I always enjoy my visits here!

  3. Thanks for your fabulous tutorial! Just in time for Spring, you've got me thinking about how I'm gonna use it. Pinning too.

  4. Wow, thanks so much posting this! I have always wondered about how that was done and now I know thanks to you!

    Enjoy all the birthday celebrations-have a piece of cake for me!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

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    Thank you!

  6. Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww....mouth wide open....breath taking........wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww...love from me...xxx...

  7. Your cake turned out beautiful Jacqueline! I've seen this technique but haven't tried it yet myself:@)

  8. I love this technique and those sparkle caqndles. This group effort turned out beautifully!

  9. A beautiful cake and I love the color! Thanks for sharing the technique.

  10. Jacqueline, you really are the Queen of Cakes! This is such a fun cake, and I love it that there is so much frosting! Yum! Joni

  11. What a beautiful cake and the color is just lovely! I'd love to try this, if I have the patience for it! :D

  12. that is so beautiful!! love it, anne

  13. Thank-you for my birthday cake! I celebrate 55 this Saturday! That's a really cute design. I like the sparkler idea too- gives it some jazz! Thanks for sharing!

  14. My piping skills are so awful and I hate to think what I could do with a pastry bag full of frosting! I love your purple cake, Jacqueline, and know you had a very fun time decorating it. Don't think I've ever seen a purple cake before.

  15. Stunning! and purple is my favorite! Great work :)
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  16. That is one gorgeous cake! Beautiful job, and the perfect shade of purple! xo

  17. My Goodness! That IS beautiful! I love frosting so I'm sure it was yummy too!
    XO Cindy

  18. What a beautiful cake, Jacqueline!

  19. Wow Jacqueline. First of all, this is my colour and, I did get a cake with some purple frosting for my birthday in February but not as elegant as yours.
    I'm starting a cake decorating course next month but the ribbons will be beyond my capabilities for awhile.
    The instructor has indicated we'll be using crisco (blue box) for our icing and not butter. I don't know what to think of this - any comments?

  20. Hi darling...it is not for my mom...it is for our friend...that is pne year ago......love from me...xxx..

  21. Oh wow...you make everything so beautiful and you make everything look so easy! Love it, such a pretty color! (I am going private, if you care to follow, come leave me your email) :D

  22. A frosting lover's dream! I really love the shade of purple on this cake, and it really does look like ribbon! Gorgeous!

  23. Wow that cake is amazing. It looks like a ton of work but it is beautiful. One day I might have to give this a try. I will be sure to have friends so we can learn together. Hope it was a fun day for everyone.

  24. Truly Spectacular In Every way.

  25. That looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for posting how to frost it. I saw the previous post on the pink ribbon cake you made and wondered how it was frosted. Also, thanks for the frosting recipe. I can never make a good homemade frosting. Great Post! You are so talented, Jacqueline!


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