Originally Posted by SHogg
I was just on Lindy Smith's website. You can pre-order her new Cake Jewelry DVD. She also sells an extensive line of wires that she uses for her designs. Some really neat colored wires too. Many of her cakes have the wire sticking out the top, BUT since I have not seen her DVD or any of her cakes close up I do not know if she sticks the wires right into the cake or uses some sort of straw method. And I'd be curious to know if her wires are 'food-safe'?
Here's the link to the wires in her online store:
Ooh, my first post - long time lurker.
I can confirm that Lindy uses posey/flower pics to insert all wires into the cake - in her books she repeatedly reminds us to follow this practice. With her new cake jewellery DVD (excellent by the way, highly recommended!), she also goes into details about safety of jewellery - ie remove before cutting, picks for fountains etc).
Here in the UK; we are forbidden to insert wires directly into the cake, as it would be classed as a forgien object - if the wire broke in the cake, someone could eat it, and be ill as a result - in the litigious society we all now live in, it's just not worth the risk.
For similar reasons, the attachement of non-edible decorations are discouraged (could the server guarentee to remove every last one?) and fresh flowers are also not encouraged (due to pesticides, and the risk of the plant itself being toxic). Sadly lots of our books seem to recommend unsafe practices - (Eric Lanlard in Glamour Cakes mentions sticking wires directly into a cake, another author uses a flame lily on top of a cake - which is toxic. They should be ashamed of themselves IMO - how many people look at their books for inspriation)