As everyone says, don't stick anything into the cake you would not eat :)
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Thank you for your thread on the floral wire! I always wondered about putting wire into or even on a cake! I love the look it gives, "but how sturdy and how safe can it really be?", was my exact thoughts. Your idea for the straws is brilliant! You can go to your local Sam's Club or even speak with a grocery store owner/manager about ordering some from them (they usually have ordering quotas to meet each week and appreciate the customers who order in bulk for this reason!) My folks own a small store and I can tell you first hand, this is why you sometimes receive a discount for buying in bulk, it helps the owners so much! In fact, we try to order cases of grocery staples when we can!! Back to cake talk now, lol, The florist picks that someone else mentioned is another good and affordable idea if you had a good size cluster of wires. I am so inspired and ready to take on this decorating skill, now that I have found a better alternative to doing it!! Thank you so much again!!!!!!! :D
I whole heartedly agree. I have never placed wire into a cake. So dangerous, imagine if it was ingested. An easy way of anchoring flowers to a cake that are wired is to roll out a thin fondant disc and let dry overnight . Secure this to the cake with Royal Icing, then place an appropriately sized ball of fondant onto the disc and insert the wires into this , you will need to trim the wires to size. The wires never enter the cake and the arrangement can be removed prior to cutting the cake by running a knife gently between the surface of the cake and the fondant disc.
I usually don't post on here, mostly because I am busy as could be with business, but this caught my eye and may I say AMEN!!! Floral wires are NOT SAFE, oh and may I mention FEATHERS!? It seriously gets under my skin when I see pictures and even worse actual cakes by other 'bakers' who have shoved almost anything you can think of into a dessert to be fed to people! I don't think it is rocket science to come to the conclusion that if it is not something you can safely eat, you don't push it into, on top of or around a cake! So glad to see someone is speaking up about this potentially hazardous behavior! Just like the original post use poly dowels, straws, etc., things that are safe to touch food, the flowers and feathers and every thing else don't have to be done away with, just used in a proper manner. Thank you again for posting :)
Well in my opinion silk flowers versus well made gumpaste flowers aren't even comparable. One is art, one usually looks cheap.
One is also food safe, and the other isn't.
Was too late to edit this to add, "by food safe I meant the gumpaste, not sticking a bare wire into cake!"
i know it is expensive but charge accordingly.....i use stainless steel wire if i am doing a cake with the floppy bits and pieces sticking out of them...stainless steel is food safe as we all know....it is not easy to come by but you can get it in different thicknesses also...i got mine from a welding supply place but they did have to order it in for me.....