I see people putting wires in their cakes with stars, balls, etc. attached to the ends in their cakes all the time, but then I also read quite frequently that you should never put wire directly into your cake.
So, my question is should you never put any wire directly into the cake? If not, is there a secret method to using wire that I can't seem to find? Or is there a food safe wire maybe?? I don't know, just trying to figure out how to do it correctly...
I had so much trouble finding info on this myself - (for some reason it doesn't come up in a search!)
Anyhow, you should NOT put wire directly in contact with your cake. You can insert them in straws, and then insert the whole thing into the cake. Some people put royal icing or chocolate inside the straw to keep it from moving around. I have tried this and it seems to work well. (Did it with chocolate stars & hearts on my gymnastics cake and fondant stars on my Dora cake)
Here's a link to the topic:
As you can see, some are quite passionate on the subject. The method suggested first, coffee stirrers, is probably your easiest way to ensure you are food safe.
Thanks so much!! When I searched I couldn't find anything. This helps a lot. Off to decorate!!
just finished a cake with stars coming out the cake, I used something called a posy pick, it is like a little test tube with a pointed end to make inserting it into the cake easier. You then can fill it with icing to stop the wires moving around too much.
Hope it helps.
I use a coffee straw to put on the end of the wire and insert that into the cake.