Since it's not legal to create your own Disney image (or other trademarked images) and use them on a cake you are selling, what is legal to sell?
If a customer wants a cake with Tinkerbelle, for example, can you sell a cake with a Tinkerbelle candle that you've purchased from a store? Or is the candle like a pan... meant to be used for home use only and not to be resold on a cake?
Could you buy a candle and give it to the customer, and have them put it on the cake? Just trying to figure out what is allowed. Thanks!
As long as you don't replicate the character, you will not be in trouble. If the customer gives you a toy, or candle or whatever to put on the cake, you are in the clear.
I itemize the toy separately as 'provided by customer' so it is clear I did not sell the trademarked item.
I purchase character sets in the toy isles.
I make a line item of the toy on the receipt
I make a copy of the receipt and attach it to the invoice for the customer.
I show that I make no money on the toy itself and my prices match my price list on the invoice.
I have ran this past a couple of people in the copyright field and both have approved of this method as I am showing that I am making no money on their toy, AND that their image is in tact and portrayed how they want it.