Originally Posted by adven68
After watching 6 hrs. of cake challenges yesterday, I saw a couple of the Oklahoma shows & it baffled me why they don't allow wires in the cakes. It's perfectly sanitary, and used widely these days. Any insight?
Also, it seems like stringwork is what they look for the most. Do you find that true? I would much rather spend my time sculpting a phenomenal topper than getting carpal tunnel syndrome with a piping bag! LOL If I ever entered a show in OK...do you think they would hold that against me? Or might one balance out the lack of another?
The wire could have lead in it, depending on where you get it. I think this is the main reason for not wanting wires in the cake. Most people use the little picks to hold the flowers or a piece of matching fondant to attach them. It's allowed to stick the wires into the fondant blob.
It does appear that stringwork is all the rage right now. It is a difficult technique, but there were several cakes that have done very well without it. If you don't do string work, don't worry about it. Every year there are different judges and they all different tastes, so just do something you enjoy.