For Those Who Stick Wires In Cakes

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Momof5kiddos Posted 20 Mar 2013 , 2:32pm
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As everyone says, don't stick anything into the cake you would not eat :)

Babbo Posted 20 Mar 2013 , 2:44pm
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Great Advice ;-)

edeweese Posted 4 Apr 2013 , 8:11pm
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Thank you for your thread on the floral wire! I always wondered about putting wire into or even on a cake! I love the look it gives, "but how sturdy and how safe can it really be?", was my exact thoughts. Your idea for the straws is brilliant! You can go to your local Sam's Club or even speak with a grocery store owner/manager about ordering some from them (they usually have ordering quotas to meet each week and appreciate the customers who order in bulk for this reason!) My folks own a small store and I can tell you first hand, this is why you sometimes receive a discount for buying in bulk, it helps the owners so much! In fact, we try to order cases of grocery staples when we can!! Back to cake talk now, lol, The florist picks that someone else mentioned is another good and affordable idea if you had a good size cluster of wires. I am so inspired and ready to take on this decorating skill, now that I have found a better alternative to doing it!! Thank you so much again!!!!!!! :D

KarenK55 Posted 4 May 2013 , 2:56pm
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thanks for the heads up.  Also great idea on the royal icing. Thank you.

Tammy Iacomella Posted 5 Jun 2013 , 7:34am
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I whole heartedly agree. I have never placed wire into a cake. So dangerous, imagine if it was ingested. An easy way of anchoring flowers to a cake that are wired is to roll out a thin fondant disc and let dry overnight . Secure this to the cake with Royal Icing, then place an appropriately sized ball of fondant onto the disc and insert the wires into this , you will need to trim the wires to size. The wires never enter the cake and the arrangement can be removed prior to cutting the cake by running a knife gently between the surface of the cake and the fondant disc.

Novel-T Cakes Posted 5 Jun 2013 , 8:11am
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AHear hear! It's a big no no here in Ireland too!

bakermaker Posted 5 Jun 2013 , 3:53pm
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Here's my thought.I want EVERYTHING on my cake to be edible, so I don't really want to mess with wires, etc.

If you don't want to be able to eat your flowers, buy silk flowers!

Anyone agree?

SimplyIrresistibleXO Posted 5 Jun 2013 , 4:19pm
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I usually don't post on here, mostly because I am busy as could be with business, but this caught my eye and may I say AMEN!!! Floral wires are NOT SAFE, oh and may I mention FEATHERS!? It seriously gets under my skin when I see pictures and even worse actual cakes by other 'bakers' who have shoved almost anything you can think of into a dessert to be fed to people! I don't think it is rocket science to come to the conclusion that if it is not something you can safely eat, you don't push it into, on top of or around a cake! So glad to see someone is speaking up about this potentially hazardous behavior! Just like the original post use poly dowels, straws, etc., things that are safe to touch food, the flowers and feathers and every thing else don't have to be done away with, just used in a proper manner. Thank you again for posting :)

scrumdiddlycakes Posted 5 Jun 2013 , 4:26pm
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Originally Posted by bakermaker 

Here's my thought.I want EVERYTHING on my cake to be edible, so I don't really want to mess with wires, etc.

If you don't want to be able to eat your flowers, buy silk flowers!

Anyone agree?


Well in my opinion silk flowers versus well made gumpaste flowers aren't even comparable. One is art, one usually looks cheap.

One is also food safe, and the other isn't.

scrumdiddlycakes Posted 5 Jun 2013 , 5:12pm
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Originally Posted by scrumdiddlycakes 


Well in my opinion silk flowers versus well made gumpaste flowers aren't even comparable. One is art, one usually looks cheap.

One is also food safe, and the other isn't.


Was too late to edit this to add, "by food safe I meant the gumpaste, not sticking a bare wire into cake!"

lala773 Posted 7 Jun 2013 , 5:46pm
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AI get it now thanks x

johannap_73 Posted 9 Jun 2013 , 12:40pm
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i know it is expensive but charge accordingly.....i use stainless steel wire if i am doing a cake with the floppy bits and pieces sticking out of them...stainless steel is food safe as we all know....it is not easy to come by but you can get it in different thicknesses also...i got mine from a welding supply place but they did have to order it in for me.....

katness Posted 20 Jun 2013 , 10:27pm
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AI love the straw idea!

Deanna0101 Posted 23 Jun 2013 , 3:29am
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Thanks for the information. Yes, I've experienced that..I've found wires on my sister's engagement cake. At first, I taught it was something that similar to icing or something like that... but when I tried to cut it with scissor, it was really hard to separate it. 

 

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Evoir Posted 23 Jun 2013 , 11:26am
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AIf you are using stainless steel, please make sure its food grade, and not made in China.

medicmama7 Posted 26 Jun 2013 , 6:11pm
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Thank you!!! Great advice. I havent used wires yet but when I do, I will do this.

southconft Posted 26 Jun 2013 , 6:37pm
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ALook when I said wire I was thinking you guys knew the ones sold for food use....if I said put flour in ur cake you know which to use right? Take it easy. I was thinking wraping around the berrys not in them...someone asked for help I was trying to help looks like I will not do that any more seeing how you have all that's needed.......

dawnybird Posted 26 Jun 2013 , 7:27pm
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Originally Posted by southconft 

Look when I said wire I was thinking you guys knew the ones sold for food use....if I said put flour in ur cake you know which to use right? Take it easy. I was thinking wraping around the berrys not in them...someone asked for help I was trying to help looks like I will not do that any more seeing how you have all that's needed.......


I feel your frustration! People around here will rip your throat if they think you might even consider putting wire into cake!! Tread carefully! icon_smile.gif

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 26 Jun 2013 , 7:54pm
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That's just it: there isn't a whole lot of wire that can truly be described as food-safe. The only kinds that come to my mind immediately would be the skewers in a turkey lacing kit, and orthodontist's wire. Florist wire certainly isn't, and neither is the stuff you find in the K+S racks at, say, a model train shop.

mrsg1111 Posted 27 Jun 2013 , 12:01am
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I am so glad that I stumbled upon this post.  I have been using wire in cakes but the wire that Duff sells in the cake aisle at the craft store.  Geez.. I never would have thought.  and the floral wire- I've used the wilton floral supplies found in the cake section as well.  The girl at the craft store told me that it is all food safe in that aisle when I was looking for metal to make a cutter. 

 

What if it was wrapped in tin foil.  would that be safe?

texas_mom Posted 26 Jul 2013 , 3:51pm
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I would suggest using coffee stirrers to insert the wires in.  They are smaller and would be less noticeable.

MissAnn1 Posted 30 Jul 2013 , 5:57pm
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Thanks for sharing this as I'm sure a lot of people were not aware of this.  I've been using straws and keep a variety of sizes on hand.

Johnlewis Posted 14 Aug 2013 , 7:33pm
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I have always used flower picks to put my wires in as they come in 3 to 4 sizes depending on the spray or decoration you are going to use and have always taught my students wires into cakes are one of the biggest no nos in Sugar craft

 

 

 John Lewis UK

Ana111 Posted 30 Nov 2013 , 10:31pm
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Excellent advice!! Thank you!!! :)

SweetandSwanky Posted 4 Dec 2013 , 6:27pm
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Thank you for posting this. I do use the coffee and regular size straws, and it works like a gem! I find it definitely adds stability to the wire too :)

candacecakes Posted 11 Jan 2014 , 5:13pm
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AGood to know thanks!!

CakeandDreams Posted 10 Feb 2014 , 1:38pm
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This is great advice but I thought it was standard practice.  Do people really stick wires straight into their cakes??!

edencc Posted 24 Sep 2014 , 9:04am
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Great information, thank you.:)

vonscakes87 Posted 24 Nov 2014 , 7:30am
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Ok..before knowing that sticking wire straight into cake(despite finding it in the cake decorating section) was a no-no.i cant understand..WHY!!!DO THEY SAG???!!!EVERY TIME I HAVE TRIED USING WIRES THEY SAG AND TEAR MY CAKE!!i have to try and shove it in further than i want or else it acts heavy and leans..i used gumpaste decorations thinking it would be lighter than fondant ones..but still have issues..WHAT AM I DOING WRONG OR NOT KNOWING!!PLEASE??ANYONE?SOOOOO FRUSTRATED!!(if you cant guess by my caps!!hahaha)

 

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