Just Saw This At Walmart & Had To Share

Decorating By isabow2 Updated 15 Apr 2009 , 4:41am by Ironbaker

isabow2 Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 11:38pm
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So after work I stopped by Walmart to get a few things. As I was walking by the bakery area, they had some cakes set out for sale w/a gumpaste flowers on top. On the top of the plastic cake box was a warning sticker. It said that the gumpaste flowers were not to be ingested. I thought "Oh great, more "helpful" information for cake muggles!! icon_rolleyes.gif

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indydebi Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 12:36am
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Ok, here comes the dumbest question ever asked on this site:

You mean you CAN eat gumpaste flowers? icon_eek.gif

Deb_ Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 1:16am
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Originally Posted by indydebi

Ok, here comes the dumbest question ever asked on this site:

You mean you CAN eat gumpaste flowers? icon_eek.gif





LOL......my thought exactly! When I'm making gumpaste it smells so horrible I just assumed you couldn't eat it icon_confused.gificon_rolleyes.gif (It's one of the few things I DON'T lick the bowl from) icon_lol.gif

PinkZiab Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 1:42am
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Yes you can... although a lot of commercially produced gumpastes don't taste very good, they are still technically edible. The recipe I use for gumpaste flowers (Ron Ben-Israel's recipe) is actually not bad to eat and many people do wind up snacking on flower petals along with the cake.

Chef_Stef Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 1:52am
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You saw those TOO? What the..?! $8 bucks for an 8" round with a Gp flower!?

I almost snapped a pic with my phone (James Bond style), just for kicks, and to share with people who say "I can get those for $8 at Walmart", because most of these had the icing cracking at the top edges and FALLING OFF THE CAKES. But the GP looked pretty good...

*snicker!*

EnjoyTheCake Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 1:55am
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Although Gumpaste is edible and the colors are edible or non toxic, it's not really palatable. Which means gum paste generally doesn't have a flavor other than sugar.

Also take into consideration that floral tape and wire also add to the "ineditableness" associated with gum paste flowers.

Wal-mart has to put that warning on because they order their flowers from some place like Deco pac and they are put together with ribbon, tape, and wires so technically they are no longer edible decorations.

hope that helps.

sugarwishes Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 2:02am
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I would so love to see this cake as well as all the other walmart cakes I keep reading about, but none of the walmarts near me have a bakery!! someone take some pictures! i wanna see! lol no really, please!?!

Chef_Stef Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 4:23pm
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No...really...you don't want to see these...

I felt bad that they were even OUT for sale. I mean, they had a couple where the icing (it looked sorta like fondant, but maybe it wasn't?), had cracked at the top edge and actually slid down off the side of the cake, so there's this part of bare cake sticking out, and the icing is all bunched up at the bottom like a pair of too-long pants.

I wondered if you could take them to the counter and get a better deal, (than $8!?? LOL), like if you find a shirt on the rack with a rip, and they give you a bit of a discount because it's already damaged...?

Like Tim Gunn would say: "SAD"

cakesbytanya Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 4:31pm
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I have never seen a Walmart with a bakery (I live in Canada) but as for the gumpaste decorations. My kids are famous for eating mine when I leave them out to dry. It is not uncommon for my to get up in the morning to find a bite out of each one. LOL And I've told them many times that they are not edible.

tripleD Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 4:36pm
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" It is not uncommon for my to get up in the morning to find a bite out of each one. LOL And I've told them many times"
Tanyamudge, that is so funny. I have to hide my fondant all the time. my kids are like vultures.

fabulosity Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 4:44pm
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I WISH that my Wal-Mart had that! How funny.

My kids are always eating my fondant too. I get a lot of "Is that an extra one?" LOL!

cakesandbakes Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 4:45pm
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The reason the icing is falling off those cakes is because they come in pre-iced frozen and as they thaw the icing slides off.

cakesbytanya Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 4:50pm
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I have started to hide my fondant too. The worst was when I was taking a gumpaste flower course and had been making my flowers all month and on the very last day of the course when we were going to put them all together my kids decided to have a feast. I cried that day but I can laugh about it now.

Cyndi1207 Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 4:51pm
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I couldn't believe it either when I saw them. I should go back to take a pic. The icing was cracked........a few of them actually had the icing slide off the side altogether.....yet with a perfect orchid or stargazer lily right on top. The ones at my wal-mart were $6.95 and they had at least 40 to pick from. white or light pink?

tonedna Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 4:51pm
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My question is ..are they really gumpaste???maybe they are made in cold porcelain. Cause even though gumpaste doesnt taste great, it is edible..
Edna icon_smile.gif

Susie53 Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 4:51pm
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I saw these cakes too...and most of them had cracks in the icing.

STRAWBERRY1390 Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 5:03pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Chef_Stef

No...really...you don't want to see these...

I felt bad that they were even OUT for sale. I mean, they had a couple where the icing (it looked sorta like fondant, but maybe it wasn't?), had cracked at the top edge and actually slid down off the side of the cake, so there's this part of bare cake sticking out, and the icing is all bunched up at the bottom like a pair of too-long pants.

I wondered if you could take them to the counter and get a better deal, (than $8!?? LOL), like if you find a shirt on the rack with a rip, and they give you a bit of a discount because it's already damaged...?

Like Tim Gunn would say: "SAD"




See and this is my problem or fear more like. I make delicious cake and I stood away from keeping up with my skills because all you ever hear is: " You want how much?". And u wanna know the truth, I am basically asking for the cost of the "cake ingredients". And people are willing to give the Walmarts and Costcos their money and the sad part is its not even to save money its just cause they dont realize those places are giving them an inferior product. And of course they can charge 15 buck for a sheet and i have to charge you 50-75; they get a dozen eggs for 15 cents icon_cry.gif I get a dozen eggs for 1.89 in NYC. So I stuck to doing cakes for the family which meant maybe only 2 cakes a year and now stuck at a "real" job, never get any "cake" time in.... icon_mad.gif; but im slowly fixing that. Well just had to vent, thanks folks.

AKA_cupcakeshoppe Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 6:46pm
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I made a cake for my cousin's birthday and it had gumpaste flowers. I told my mama to tell everyone not to eat the flowers and decorations. But when she came home she told me every bit of the cake was eaten. somebody even took the ruffle border I made out of gumpaste and ate it. I guess some people just like sugar LOL

Justbeck101 Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 6:54pm
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I saw those too. My son who is 15 and I both stopped and laughed at the same time!!!

indydebi Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 8:34pm
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I have seen these cakes at my walmart, and I agree they look silly. This super simplistic cake with icing pretty much "slapped" on there, topped with this sugar flower of perfection .... it just looks super out of place. My 16 year old says they look like a diamond ring on a paper mache hand.

cylstrial Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 8:36pm
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I saw the Walmart man wheeling them from the frpnt of the store to the backroom. So I don't know if they were just overstocked in the front, or if they are going to pick the gumpaste flowers out.

jonahsmom Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 8:47pm
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I saw those, too! Right next to the spring "sheep" and "chicken" "cakes". I wanted to take a picture, too.....perfect for cake wrecks! My 5 year old could probably do just as well, if not better on those!!!

jamiekwebb Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 8:53pm
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I saw them too, you know that they get pre made flowers from a machine and not by hand. They probably get them for dirt too,... oh well.

aggiechef Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 8:54pm
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Someone please take a picture of these cakes....I want to see one too...

I try to avoid Wal-Mart as much as possible (WAY too crowded for my taste), but now my curiosity is peaked. icon_smile.gif

maryjsgirl Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 8:59pm
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Alright there should be a prize for the first person to post a photo. icon_lol.gif

confectioneista Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 9:03pm
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Originally Posted by PinkZiab

Yes you can... although a lot of commercially produced gumpastes don't taste very good, they are still technically edible. The recipe I use for gumpaste flowers (Ron Ben-Israel's recipe) is actually not bad to eat and many people do wind up snacking on flower petals along with the cake.




Oh, do share the his recipe for gumpaste, PLEASE icon_smile.gif He makes the most awesome flowers!

cocobean Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 9:04pm
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...hhummm I wonder If I should buy a few of those cakes (I haven't seen them yet though) so I can store up some great looking gum paste flowers for a good price without shipping costs. What do you think? Will the flowers last a long time in strorage? The thought is growing on me. icon_razz.gif Maybe I'd better jump in the car and go take a look. icon_surprised.gif Sounds kind of like a bargin on the flowers.

cheferyn Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 9:22pm
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yes, please share this recipe. I saw these cakes last night and had to laugh too. They looked horrible. Perfect flower on top of a nasty colored cake. yuckie.

chassidyg Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 9:28pm
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I just got back from wal-mart getting oreos, the ones here are 8.00 and cracked horribly, very sad little cakes, I feel bad for them! The sticker on the ones here are giant saying "do not eat"

jamiekwebb Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 9:58pm
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I am headed thee to pick up contacts maybe I can get a pic with my phone

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