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post #16 of 268
I haven't been doing cakes too long so I haven't had the pleasure of putting flowers on wire yet. But I have thought about doing it, but just the idea of sticking wire into a cake makes my skin crawl-- it just sounds nasty to me!!
post #17 of 268
Great thing you posted this! THANKS!
post #18 of 268
Thanks for the information! It never occured to me that there might be lead in floral wire, DUH! Fortunately I've never stuck wires in cake or I would now be horrified.
post #19 of 268
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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!



The Swiffer story is a hoax... http://www.hoax-slayer.com/swiffer-pet-death.html Just one of those emails that goes around for years but isn't true.
post #20 of 268
Perfect timing! I am trying a topsy-turvy this week with wires and was wondering about how to get them in since I did not want to put wires in the cake. icon_biggrin.gif
post #21 of 268
And lets not forget what the wires do when placed directly into a fruit cake - icon_mad.gif - because of the acid in the fruit (yes, even cooked fruit) it reacts with the wires - and voula - you have a cake going bad - very very quick.
Cake picks - the only way to safely go. thumbs_up.gif
post #22 of 268
thanks for the info! I was going to use wire next month for my nieces 13th b-day cake, gonna figure out something else now!
post #23 of 268
Even if the swifter thing is a hoax there is a ton of things out there that arent. One was the fact that Claire's boutique that is in almost every mall, selling jewelry to kids had problems with their jewelry containing lead. This was something that was on the news around the same time they problem with the Dora toys from China, etc.
It just makes you wonder!
post #24 of 268
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thanks for the info! I was going to use wire next month for my nieces 13th b-day cake, gonna figure out something else now!



If you can find 18 or 20 gauge stainless steel or copper wire (usually in the jewelry making section) it is safe to use . Still use a straw though.
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post #25 of 268
Here's my question: I put the wire in the coffee stirer. I push the entire thing into my fonant covered cake. That's going to leave quite a noticeable hole isn't it? The coffee stirer is thin but not THAT thin. How would I cover that up so it's not noticed? I see alot of cakes here with wires and I see no tell-tale sign of a hole or anything!
post #26 of 268
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Originally Posted by suzted7

Here's my question: I put the wire in the coffee stirer. I push the entire thing into my fonant covered cake. That's going to leave quite a noticeable hole isn't it? The coffee stirer is thin but not THAT thin. How would I cover that up so it's not noticed? I see alot of cakes here with wires and I see no tell-tale sign of a hole or anything!



Just patch it with a wee bit of fondant or buttercream or royal icing. It's really very easy to do. icon_smile.gif
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post #27 of 268
I have used wires on two cakes that I have made so far. (I am a newbie) In my daughter's Dora cake , I stuck the wires to a ball of fondant which was kept hidden in the volcano. For my second one's Pooh cake, I inserted the wire into the lollipop stick. It will go in if you put some pressure exactly at the center where there is a small hole. You don't have to insert it completely, just enough that it is supported. Insert the lollipop stick into the cake. You should make sure these sticks are just to the surface of the cake. It worked great for my bees in that cake.

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post #28 of 268
WOW! Thank you all for the important information!
post #29 of 268
You can purchase wire that is made for this purpose from Cake decorating stores.

Do not use craft wire or wire from hardware. They would not make that wire food safe.

There is some good information for Australians here on wires in cakes

http://www.cakesandmore.org/blog/2008/12/a-guide-to-wires-in-cakes/

For those of you worried about toxicity in your homes. Stop using all those products and open your windows. The average home is more toxic than an industrial workspace thanks to all our 'cleaning products'.
post #30 of 268
Thread Starter 
Thank you for the link.

Unfortunately, I have never once seen ANY wire sold to cake decorators as FOOD SAFE WIRE here in the US. The cake supply stores in my city sell regular floral wire.

I appreciate this paragraph, taken from the link you provided:

"The wire used is a wire that has been specifically manufactured for the purpose of CAKE DECORATING. ie. Flower Wire (NOT hardware store wire or scrapbooking wire - it must be wire that is specifically designed for Cake Decorating)."

This is so true. Simply because a wire is made of copper or stainless steel does not necessarily mean that it is pure copper or SS. It may have other metals in it that would render the wire unsafe.

I'm erring on the side of caution and not exposing my friends, family, and clients to ANY wire. Straws, posey picks, flower spikes, and lollipop sticks are all easy, inexpensive, and safe alternatives. icon_smile.gif
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