Thanks again everyone! Really, it was not that hard.
Originally Posted by simplemama32
I saw it the other day and was thinking it would be fun to do something with it for a winter holiday party (yeah, I know it's *July*), like a Christmas candy train.
Now WHY did you have to give me that idea???
Originally Posted by laila2
But I would still use parchment paper because it is not as absorbent as ribbon
I put wax paper under the ribbon which is what all the cake decorating things say to do. Worked too, I even put a large dab of frosting on each piece of ribbon to hold the cake in place and it didn't seep onto the tracks. I also bought water-resistant ribbon which is what you are supposed to use if you are wrapping a cake with ribbon.
ETA: for anyone who wants to make this cake,
please use "Cake Release" and a box cake mix. Real cake is too heavy for these specialty pans and it just doesn't bake right, hence my need for a yummy adult cake! If it is going to be sitting out longer than about an hour, do not use a buttercream. I did half butter/half shortening and it started to melt after about 2 hours. I've done full shortening in the past and that stays much better.