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post #136 of 268
The only wires that are food safe are stainless steel, copper, gold and silver (not GF or silver filled...the base metals arent food safe unless the wire is gold over silver) Try the jewelry section of the craft store for these or the hardware store for stainless steel. Never insert cake wires of any other kind directly into the cake. At the very least cut plastic drinking straws longer than the wires and insert the wires into the straws after they have been pushed into the cake. Or find posey picks in the floral section of the craft store and use them for your flowers or wires. We should always keep our customer's safety in mind. And then there is always spaghetti instead of wire...
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post #137 of 268
I highly doubt Duff's wires are food safe.
post #138 of 268
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Originally Posted by KarenMarie53555

The only wires that are food safe are stainless steel, copper, gold and silver (not GF or silver filled...the base metals arent food safe unless the wire is gold over silver) Try the jewelry section of the craft store for these or the hardware store for stainless steel. Never insert cake wires of any other kind directly into the cake. At the very least cut plastic drinking straws longer than the wires and insert the wires into the straws after they have been pushed into the cake. Or find posey picks in the floral section of the craft store and use them for your flowers or wires. We should always keep our customer's safety in mind. And then there is always spaghetti instead of wire...



Thanks for the great tip inserting the part of the wire that goes into the cake in plastic drinking straws!
Happy baking and creative decorating,

Dorit T.
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post #139 of 268
i have to confess i have put wires directly into cakes before but always use the ones i've bought from my local (only) cake dec shop, but i have to say i'm not gonna do it any more as i just don't want to risk poisoning anyone, i think the drinking straw idea is fantastic and will definatly use this in future
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post #141 of 268
The straws are a GREAT idea I never thought of. Thank you so much.
post #142 of 268
Angelina, thanks for the link. Those would be food safe wouldn't they? I haven't read this entire post, but what do the big profesional guys like Ron Ben Israel do? He places hundreds of sugar flowers on his cakes all the time. I can't imagine he takes the time to put all these in posey pics or coffee stirrer straws. And if I'm not mistaken, I think I've seen Buddy Valastro inset wires directly into his cakes. Not saying it's right, but does anyone know what the larger bakeries do?
post #143 of 268
hey, love decorating cakes. Specially when I uses the icing, oh. wonderful..... icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif ..
post #144 of 268
I used cocktail straws for wires on 2 cakes I made this past weekend. For the first, I was cutting and of course removing the wire AND the cocktail straw. The other person cutting the 2nd cake (who is an executive chef by the way) apparently didn't hear me about the straws because I sat next to a young girl eating a piece of cake and she pulled out a straw! Ack...and it was broken!!! I took the piece of cake and got her another one. I then went and counted the straws to make sure that all the rest were accounted for! I was embarrassed, but thankful that no one got any in their mouth!!
post #145 of 268
Interesting thread.

I confess I am guilty of sticking wires straight into cake. I have sometimes wondered what the wires are actually made of, and if it really is safe - but then I assumed it must be fine because lots of cake decorating books and high profile cake decorators have designs with wire directly in the cake.

I am now trying to find coffee stirrers/straws which is next to impossible as they're not really used much here in Australia. Does anyone know where to get them here? or of an o/s seller who ships to Australia?
post #146 of 268
One of the first things we were told when I started my night school cake decorating class was never to insert wires into a cake, always use a posy pick or place flowers etc onto cake using royal icing. You should also be careful if you are using real flowers as cake decorations as some flowers are poisonous.
post #147 of 268
right weirkd, plastic straws are not advertised as PVC, PS & polycarbonate FREE... so all of those thinking they're playing safe may not icon_sad.gif

Polyvinyl chloride (V or PVC) Most cling-wraps are PVC.
BAD: To soften into its flexible form, manufacturers add plasticizers during production. Traces of these chemicals can leach out of PVC when in contact with foods. According to the National Institutes of Health, di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), commonly found in PVC, is a suspected human carcinogen.
Polystyrene (PS) Foam insulation and also for hard applications (e.g. cups)
BAD: Benzene (material used in production) is a known human carcinogen. Butadiene and styrene (the basic building block of the plastic) are suspected carcinogens. Energy intensive and poor recycling.
Other (usually polycarbonate) Baby bottles, microwave ovenware, eating utensils, plastic coating for metal cans
BAD: Made with biphenyl-A, a chemical invented in the 1930s in search for synthetic estrogens. A hormone disruptor. Simulates the action of estrogen when tested in human breast cancer studies. Can leach into food as product ages.

Therefore the safe way to go (at least for now) is using copper/stainless steel wires that you can find in some craft shops and internet stores like Amazon.
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DEHP, commonly found in PVC, is a suspected human cardinogen.


Does this mean that using PVC pipe as a rolling pin is unsafe too? I see quite a few CC ers that say it's great and was wanting to try it too. Maybe not now. icon_redface.gif
post #150 of 268
srkmilklady: yes, better don't use any PVC product as it can contaminate food upon contact. although is reported in very small amounts,,, better safe than sorry icon_wink.gif
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