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post #181 of 266
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Some people advocate dipping wire in candy melts or chocolate. I do not. If the wire flexes, the chocolate breaks off. Can you be sure that no lead leached into the chocolate that remains in the cake?



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Please use posey picks, flower spikes (even Wilton makes these), or straws. Place your straw in the cake, trim so it is just inside the icing, pipe some royal icing in the straw, then insert your wires. The royal icing gives you some working time so you can arrange the wires and then it dries, so your wires stay in place.



I am 110% behind your no wires in cakes info! I just graduated pastry school last May, and can you believe they taught us to tape wires and stick them directly into the cake??!! I had no idea there was anything wrong with that! I'm shocked that these professional chef's are teaching something that is so unsafe!

I do have a question about your straw w/royal icing suggestion:
If lead can leach into the candy melts & remain in the cake if the wire bends and some of the melt brakes free, couldn't that happen with the royal icing inside the drinking straw? If the wire bends enough, the icing could crumble and fall out the bottom of the straw, couldn't it?
Other wise, I'm in! Thanks for the great info!!
Happy caking!
Sarah
post #182 of 266
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Royal icing is very strong and would not just crumble out of the straw. When it dries, it is like cement. If this concerns you, I would suggest you use melted chocolate.

Congratulations on your graduation from pastry school! I have a kid in culinary classes right now with another one considering switching her major from biology to pastry. LOL
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post #183 of 266
I am sure plastic carries as much toxins as metal wire does to be honest. Everything you buy carries a risk nowadays. I buy my wire from a cake supply store. It is coated in plastic.
post #184 of 266
I just read alllllll 13 pages and I am still not 100% convinced that wires in cake are not "safe". If "the big dogs" use them, why shouldn't we?

My disclaimer is that I'm not trying to be a smart ass here....just trying to nail this down in my mind.

If in fact, it did leach into the cake, how quickly does that happen? The wires are in the cake for maybe 24 hours, sometimes less. Perhaps someone has some research or information on this?

The baby bottle issue came about due to the heat. Is it the ingredient in the cake that causes the wire to errode and therefor give off the poison?

I'd be interested to see if these fears are somewhat unfounded or if they are actually under noticed.

I also think we put so much bad stuff into our bodies as it is, this minuet amount is not even worth the worry. However, maybe it is and it's just one less thing we can worry about poisoning ourselves with.
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post #185 of 266
I agree with you KristieMarie
post #186 of 266
I was taught and still use spaghetti to make my decorations on so it can go directly into the cake. For the finer items I use Angel hair. I have had no problems so far.
post #187 of 266
what about placing ribbon around the cake? Just use the ribbon without wires?? Sorry, new to this aspect of decorating.
post #188 of 266
Thank you very much for the info. It just never occured to me that the wire would be a danger. Not to mention I just learned to do the wired decos. I like the idea of the straw and the royal icing to keep them where you put them. The wires moved and tore my frosting this weekend on a cake. The straw and icing would stop this from happening.

I'll never stick wires directly into the cake again. Thanks again!!
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post #189 of 266
I agree. In recently saw a tutoraila and they said use coffee straws. I concur with the lead etc......... we have to be mindfula d as cake decorators of some things. when in doubt ask questions.......... icon_biggrin.gif
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post #190 of 266
just a thought........

what do they make celebration/birthday candle holders that are inserted into cakes from? are these food safe?? also does anyone know where i can order large posy picks from about 15mm wide for large cake topper displays?
post #191 of 266
What about using toothpicks?
post #192 of 266
I wrap my wire ends in paper bandage tape. Its latex free. Someone let me know if this is a problem.
post #193 of 266
I use straws myself but this is great info!! Thank you icon_smile.gif
post #194 of 266
Planet cake sticks wire directly into their cakes, also.

If you knew the affects that plastic were having on our bodies, you'd probably be just as concerned, if not more concerned, about straws and posy picks..... icon_wink.gif

You can buy a parafilm that's made of paper... Not latex. A lot of people use that to wrap their wires first, in Australia. I do this also. No chance of it coming off when you pull it out.
post #195 of 266
Or better and inexpensive way, cut aluminum foil in strips and wrap around the wires, this will cover the wires and still hold its shape even when bent. icon_biggrin.gif
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