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Just wanted to give a heads up to those people (and you know who you are) that stick wires directly into cakes:

There is a floral wire recall that comes in a school project kit because the wire contains excessive amounts of lead and should not be handled by children. I have used this same craft kit for one of my son's school projects and it's regular floral wire that is in them.

This is the SAME floral wire that we all buy at crafts stores.

DO NOT PUT WIRES DIRECTLY IN CAKES!

Some people advocate dipping wire in candy melts or chocolate. I do not. If the wire flexes, the chocolate breaks off. Can you be sure that no lead leached into the chocolate that remains in the cake?

Some others advocate wrapping the wire in floral tape and then sticking it in the cake. Do not do this either! Floral tape contains latex, and many, many people have an allergy to latex, which if ingested, can cause anaphylactic shock. Do not stick tape into cake - gross!

Please use posey picks, flower spikes (even Wilton makes these), or straws. There are straws with different diameters: very narrow ones that are typically used as bar straws or coffee stir-straws, your regular everyday drinking straw that you can buy at any grocery store, and bubble tea straws, which are large in diameter and can accommodate many wires. Place your straw in the cake, trim so it is just inside the icing, pipe some royal icing in the straw, then insert your wires. The royal icing gives you some working time so you can arrange the wires and then it dries, so your wires stay in place.

If anyone else has food-safe alternatives for anchoring wires in cakes, please share the info. Key word: food-safe. icon_smile.gif

Happy and SAFE caking to all!
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post #2 of 267
Thanks for this info, I am trying to make a cake for this weekend, which will need wires and was wondering how to insert them, because I have seen on SugarShack's video where she specifically said do not insert wires into cakes.
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post #3 of 267
Sherri,

Thanks for the head's up and the suggestions..will definitely follow...
post #4 of 267
Thanks for the information.
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post #5 of 267
Thats great info, thanks
post #6 of 267
Thanks for the info!! Never can be too safe! love the straw idea.. will do this in the future. Thanks again
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post #7 of 267
Finally!! It's been driving me crazy that people are putting wire into cakes! Thanks for setting them straight.
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I bet this is a wake-up call for a lot of people. thumbs_up.gif Thanks
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post #9 of 267
Thank you for starting a thread on this to bring it to the attention of all. I have always made it a policy never to put wires into cakes. I always use posy picks usually the clear ones if available. It has always amazed me how different countries seem to do this but here in NZ it is a no no! Happy decorating everyone.
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Thanks for the info...
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Thanks for the info, i was going to use wires this weekend for a cake. I'm glad i stumbled upon this thread!
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post #12 of 267
I swear by floral pics, which my local florist sells to be for $0.10 each... but the straws were another great alternative if you didn't have a cluster.

Thanks for sharing... I think this forum will be useful to alot of decorators!!
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Originally Posted by mygirlssweet

Finally!! It's been driving me crazy that people are putting wire into cakes! Thanks for setting them straight.



I agree!!!!
post #14 of 267
I ALWAYS use the Coffee stirrer straws to cover each wire and then sometimes another larger straw over that. I have always had my suspicions about lead being in the floral wire.

I try to use 18 or 20 gauge Jewelry wire when I can find it, it is Copper or Stainless Steel and I was told by my Local Health Inspector it would be considered Food-Safe. But I still insert it into a coffee stirrer straw because it ads stability to the wire.
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I swear, there is no wonder why there is so much cancer and other illness in the world. It seems like they stick the most toxic chemicals in things they really shouldnt. I had just received an email from a friend warning not to use the swifter wetjet if you have animals or pets because it contains antifreeze! That means if your baby is crawling on what you think is your clean floor, or your dog walks across the floor, then cleans his paws or you know babys put everything in their mouth. And voila, they can get poisoned. Its just sad that simple things in life have to be be thought twice before using.
Ive always been a drinking straw advocate, but waiting to hear what kind of toxic plastic they use to make those next!
Sad!
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