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post #46 of 266
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Originally Posted by SHogg

Thank you so much PinkZiab!!!! That's awsome to know, I have seen them in the store.



SHogg ~ please go back and read the very first post in this thread. Those are exactly the wires you DO NOT stick into cakes.
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post #47 of 266
So after reading the thread I think it will be best just to err on the side of caution and use straws for wires. I have never used that design of decorations on wires anyway, probably won't unless someone specifically asks for it, and then i will tell them about the straws. Thanks again for everyone's input on this.
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post #48 of 266
Here is my question! So I was thinking of using wire for the first time and I thought I would stick them into a coffee stirrer. when the customer removes the wire, does the coffee stirrer stay in the cake? I mean do they have to be digging around in there trying to remove all the stirrers? I am worried the cake will be a mess by the time everything is disassembled. icon_eek.gif
post #49 of 266
what if you were to encase the exposed wire/stem in hot glue, let cool, then insert into cake? Havn't done it, just an ides after reading this post.
post #50 of 266
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Originally Posted by salsaman42

what if you were to encase the exposed wire/stem in hot glue, let cool, then insert into cake? Havn't done it, just an ides after reading this post.



That doesn't sound food safe in the least... I wouldn't want the hot glue IN the cake. You could probably do the same idea but use melted chocolate... I've heard of some people doing that.
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post #51 of 266
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Originally Posted by merissa

Here is my question! So I was thinking of using wire for the first time and I thought I would stick them into a coffee stirrer. when the customer removes the wire, does the coffee stirrer stay in the cake? I mean do they have to be digging around in there trying to remove all the stirrers? I am worried the cake will be a mess by the time everything is disassembled. icon_eek.gif



You could pipe melted chocolate into the straw to hold the wire in there. Then when they pull the wire out, the straw comes with it. I've put 2-3 wires into 1 straw, (see my gymnastics cake) so less 'holes' in the cake. HTH!
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If you get melted chocolate all over your hands, you're eating it too slowly. ~Unknown
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post #52 of 266
How about wrapping them in plastic wrap?
post #53 of 266
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Originally Posted by SHogg

I was just on Lindy Smith's website. You can pre-order her new Cake Jewelry DVD. She also sells an extensive line of wires that she uses for her designs. Some really neat colored wires too. Many of her cakes have the wire sticking out the top, BUT since I have not seen her DVD or any of her cakes close up I do not know if she sticks the wires right into the cake or uses some sort of straw method. And I'd be curious to know if her wires are 'food-safe'?
Here's the link to the wires in her online store:
http://www.lindyscakes.co.uk/OnlineShop-Wires.htm



Ooh, my first post - long time lurker.

I can confirm that Lindy uses posey/flower pics to insert all wires into the cake - in her books she repeatedly reminds us to follow this practice. With her new cake jewellery DVD (excellent by the way, highly recommended!), she also goes into details about safety of jewellery - ie remove before cutting, picks for fountains etc).

Here in the UK; we are forbidden to insert wires directly into the cake, as it would be classed as a forgien object - if the wire broke in the cake, someone could eat it, and be ill as a result - in the litigious society we all now live in, it's just not worth the risk.

For similar reasons, the attachement of non-edible decorations are discouraged (could the server guarentee to remove every last one?) and fresh flowers are also not encouraged (due to pesticides, and the risk of the plant itself being toxic). Sadly lots of our books seem to recommend unsafe practices - (Eric Lanlard in Glamour Cakes mentions sticking wires directly into a cake, another author uses a flame lily on top of a cake - which is toxic. They should be ashamed of themselves IMO - how many people look at their books for inspriation)
post #54 of 266
I take a styrofoam ball, cut it in half, cover with fondant and let dry. Then I still the wires into the fondant covered ball. I usually put the ball on a cake cardboard so that the fondat covered styrofoam ball wont touch the cake.
post #55 of 266
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Originally Posted by deetmar

I take a styrofoam ball, cut it in half, cover with fondant and let dry. Then I still the wires into the fondant covered ball. I usually put the ball on a cake cardboard so that the fondat covered styrofoam ball wont touch the cake.

Wow, what a great idea! Hope you don't mind if I copy you on that one.
post #56 of 266
That swiffer wetjet email is not true, you can look it up on snopes, so don't worry about using it on your floor. Funny, the email used to say the chemical in it was one molecule off from antifreeze, which any chemist can tell you would be a completely different product. However, that being said, I only use white vinegar and hot water to clean my floors.

As for the wires, I use the straws, but i can tell you the wire is cut short and doesn't flex in my cake either. If the cake were moved enough to flex my wire once in, it would ruin the cake inself. Could be the chocolate I use is softer, but it doesn't crack either or since I don't use floral wires maybe that's the different. I'll do a few more experiments to see what i can come up with.

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post #57 of 266
Thanks for the advice Sherri!

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post #58 of 266
Are cloth covered wires any better?
post #59 of 266
No, cloth covered wires are not any better. The wire will rust under the thread and the thread can come off.

ANY TYPE OF WIRE used to make decorations for insertion into a cake MUST be protected from coming in direct contact with the portions of the cake that will be consumed. This can mean inserting the wire into a food safe receptacle such as a straw, coffee stirer, or posey pick. It can also mean covering the wire with an edible or food safe product that will not be left behind in the cake when the wire is removed, for example chocolate coating.

For very fine wires, I use colored coffee stirers so that they're easily spotted when the cake is being dismantled. For larger groups of flowers, I use brightly colored straws.

Never had a complaint or a problem doing it right.
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post #60 of 266
Thank you for sharing the information about filling the straw with RI. I always use straws to put my wires in and hated that they move so much. I couldn't come up with a technique to keep them in place. I asked so many times in the forum but noone had any ideas. Thank you, thank you.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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