Wires In Cake

Decorating By yummy Updated 13 Mar 2009 , 12:34am by Bluesea

yummy Posted 11 Mar 2009 , 2:18am
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What gauge wires do you use and what do you use to stick them in your cakes? Is it safe to transport with the wires in?

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gr8_seamstress Posted 11 Mar 2009 , 5:31am
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not sure what guage floral wire is, but that is what I use. I would put them in at destination.

brincess_b Posted 11 Mar 2009 , 9:42am
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the guage you need depends on the object - something that you want to stand up straight, you need a low guage (thicker wire) maybe 16 or 18. if you want it to bend, get a higher guage (thinner wire) like a 24 guage. (and it depends on how heavy it is too) my fondant stars in my cupcake pic used a 24 guage.
in the cake, they should go inside something like a straw. helps to keep them standing. you could transport with the wires in, but id be worried thered be too much joggling - if they hit off each other they might break.

Kay_NL Posted 11 Mar 2009 , 9:52am
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I use an 18 gauge floral wire. I fill a coffee stirrer (the very thin straw style ones) with melted chocolate and poke the end of the wire in so that when people pull out the wires, the stir stick comes too! I've transported a cake with them in place with no issues, but to err on the side of caution it's probably best to poke them in when you arrive! icon_smile.gif

bashini Posted 11 Mar 2009 , 10:38am
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Hi, I also use thicker wires to hold heavy accents which should be straight, like the balloons in the NO1 cake in my photos. If you want to curl them up, you need to use thinner wires. To insert them in the cake, I use a posy pick, never insert the wires straight in to the cake.

Bluesea Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 3:54am
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Hi there, need some advice/tips:
My customer wants stars placed on wires sticking out on her b'day cake. Cake is due this Sat, Mar 14. I have never attempted this before. Have been reading everything about putting wires on cake on this forum. Need help with a couple of questions:

a) I am using a thin wire. The stars - must they be thick or thin?
b) Am i right to say that i place the wire at the back of the star and secure it with a ball of fondant?
c) How do i fill the coffee stirrer with melted chocolate? Some members mentioned that they do this so that when the customer pulls out the wires, the stirrer comes out too. Am quite confused. Please explain.
d) How do i stop the wire from swinging after placing it on the cake.

Thanks in advance.

xstitcher Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 5:34am
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My understanding is that they are not a food safe item so they should not be put directly into the cake.

brincess_b Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 9:19am
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1) make your stars thinner. also make them, and place the wires, in advance, partly as a test run, and partly to let the stars dry.
2) there are different methods. you can either insert the wire directly inside the star, or use some more fondant/ royal icing/ chocolate to seal it on the back of the star.
3) im not to sure on this - id pull out a bit cake, slide in the straw and use a small spoon to put in some melted chocolate.
4) you cant stop the wire swinging. if you are delivering it, i would insert the wires at the scene. if she is picking it up, urge cautious driving!

Bluesea Posted 13 Mar 2009 , 12:34am
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thank you thank you. wish me luck.

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