Masking Tape For Fondant?

Decorating By Adevag Updated 29 Dec 2015 , 1:28pm by -K8memphis

Adevag Posted 16 Jul 2009 , 5:30pm
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I have seen the staff from Charm City Cakes (from the TV show Ace of Cakes) use some sort of masking tape on their fondant covered cakes to help them with piping and decorating in straight lines around their cakes. The tape is easily removed without damaging the fondant. Is there a masking tape made for fondant that is food safe? I would love to use one since I am so bad at keeping a straight line also. Does anyone know? I googled fondant masking tape but I did not get any results.

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hollyh Posted 16 Jul 2009 , 5:40pm
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It looked like painters tape but I am not sure what they used since I don't think painters tape is food safe. I would like to know as well.

hollyh Posted 16 Jul 2009 , 5:41pm
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It looked like painters tape but I am not sure what they used since I don't think painters tape is food safe. I would like to know as well.

BlakesCakes Posted 16 Jul 2009 , 10:42pm
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There's a blue painter's tape that is specifically for delicate surfaces:

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=63186-98-2080-1&lpage=none&cm_mmc=search_gps-_-gps-_-gps-_-3M%20Painter's%20Tape%20for%20Delicate%20Surfaces%20Blue%201%22%20x%2060%20yds

It works pretty well on dry fondant when you need to mask off an area for painting or airbrushing. If the fondant is dry, it doesn't get marked or retain any tape residue.

Rae

Rylan Posted 16 Jul 2009 , 11:18pm
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I thought of painter's tape but why would they use something that isn't food safe? ...or is it?

BlakesCakes Posted 16 Jul 2009 , 11:39pm
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You know, there are just a lot of grey areas when it comes to unconventional ways of decorating.

Nobody makes "food safe" masking tape.

It becomes a judgement call for each decorator.

My personal rule of thumb is that incidental contact is OK: will it be used on an edible for a few seconds or minutes and then removed--like masking tape would be? Then I have no problem using it.

Would I cover a cake board in it and let the cake sit on it until it was served? No.

Will anyone get sick or die from having a piece of painter's tape having touched their cake? No.

To each his/her own.
Rae

TexasSugar Posted 16 Jul 2009 , 11:41pm
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Originally Posted by RylanTy

I thought of painter's tape but why would they use something that isn't food safe? ...or is it?




My guess is that it is not food safe, since it is made to go on walls and not cake.

People use non food safe stuff all the time, sometimes because they don't know or think about it, other times cause they feel it will be okay.

Adevag Posted 17 Jul 2009 , 3:33am
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Thank you, the one I saw on Ace of Cakes was also blue so they probably use the same one. I have seen another tape that said the same thing (about not leaving any residue when removed). I don't think they would be allowed to call it food safe but let each baker make their own decision. I will definitely try it, just on a piece of leftover fondant, to see. Thanks.

Rylan Posted 17 Jul 2009 , 3:53am
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My only problem with that is that, you can't really wash it. It's manufactured and handled in factories without being aware that it will touch food.

CanadianCakin Posted 17 Jul 2009 , 5:13am
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Maybe I am naive but why wouldn't it be food safe? Ypur aren't actually chewing it up and eating it.....it goes on....comes off......
But seriuosly for future reference what would make it un-food safe in some opinions?

madgeowens Posted 17 Jul 2009 , 5:29am
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Maybe some kind of chemical reaction, or maybe an actual chemical in the tape that is not meant to be in contact with food......

Rylan Posted 17 Jul 2009 , 6:11am
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Originally Posted by momma_ash

Maybe I am naive but why wouldn't it be food safe? Ypur aren't actually chewing it up and eating it.....it goes on....comes off......
But seriuosly for future reference what would make it un-food safe in some opinions?




Just like Madge said.

CanadianCakin Posted 17 Jul 2009 , 6:25am
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Okay that's what I was thinking...just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something!

LittleBigMomma Posted 17 Jul 2009 , 6:35am
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What about using butcher's tape?

madgeowens Posted 17 Jul 2009 , 6:41am
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butchers tape, do you mean what they use to wrap meat in paper then tape it? That is not touching the food.

Eme Posted 17 Jul 2009 , 6:48am
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It looks like cloth tape to me (on HD)... altho' I've never seen any in blue before....

I think I'm with Rae though.

Annalogous Posted 28 Dec 2015 , 4:24am
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What about using the Medical grade paper tape?  It is not made for eating but you can put it on your skin. 

maybenot Posted 29 Dec 2015 , 3:54am
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The primary issue with tape is the adhesive that may be left behind. It's not necessarily food grade or food safe, since no tape is made to be used on food.  

-K8memphis Posted 29 Dec 2015 , 1:28pm
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a thought on this idea for you is to use plain cash register tape -- the white rolls of paper that will wrap around the whole tier -- you can place the bottom edge securely against the cake board flat up against the cake and cut any pattern on the top edge or use it as is to block off sections -- not like tape that sticks/seals/adheres but you can block off to that extant -- really handy for some applications --

you do have to be careful with some kinds of paper though because some of it is treated with formaldehyde (carbonless copy  paper) not that there's enough to cause harm necessarily but just that you always want to err on the side of safety

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