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post #61 of 268
I am so glad I did a search for this. I thought wire in a cake would be a bad idea. I guess i will have to use straws to protect the cake for my new year's cake. Thanks for all of the info, advice and suggestions.
post #62 of 268
Please forgive my ignorance on this subject, but what is the primary use for wires in cake decorating? Are we mostly talking about wired sugar flowers being stuck into a cake?

I do a lot of stars coming out of my cakes but I stick them on skewers.

Also, with the coffee stirrers, you are only covering the portion that goes in the cake? I have the same question as someone else. Does the wire and stirrer come out easily? Thanks!
post #63 of 268
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Wire's primary purpose in cakes is to hold things up: flowers, arrangements, fondant/gumpaste decor such as balls, number, etc., cake jewelry, and so on.

The straw or coffee stirrer is to be inserted until it hits the cake board. I have been piping candy melts in the straw so the wire is held perfectly still and the wire and straw come out as one unit when removed from the cake.
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post #64 of 268
i never use wire before cause im a newbie on this art and dont have the opportunity for it but im so glad to read all this before have to, cause now im very conscieus about it and thanks for all the information and the tips you guys posted are very helpfully, im pretty sure when i make a cake with wires gonna be very safe for my family and friends ... thanks a lot icon_smile.gif

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post #65 of 268
thanks so much for this thread. i had just posted my own then found this so i had to go delete my thread. I am doing my first wired cake next month for my daughter's birthday and i was wondering how to do it.
post #66 of 268
hey, this kinda excited me!!...check out this link for all colors and guages your heart may desire!
http://www.artisticwire.com/
post #67 of 268
The coffee stirrers work well for me. I do the fondant ball too and that works well too.
I wonder about those people that cover the wires in foil paper.
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post #68 of 268
Just musing so to speak, as so far I have always stuck my wires into a straw, a posy pick or into a ball of gumpaste on the surface of the cake.

But.... Ron Ben Israel, in a class I took, said he puts wires directly into cakes and PinkZiab says at Pink Cake Box the wires are put directly into cakes, and Colette Peters, in her books, gives instructions for making decorations on wires and inserting them into cakes, so why are we (and I include myself) so paranoid when it comes to this topic?

It is likely that the artificial colors and flavors we use without thought could be potentially far more dangerous to more people than the small amount of lead possibly leaching into cake, but very few people are giving up artificial colors or flavors.

And yet,though I know a lot of people who are very sensitive to artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives in life changing ways (I'm related to some of them) I've NEVER met anyone who had lead poisoning--especially from wires in a cake. Can't quite figure out why we don't think twice about that artificial coffee creamer or all the little bottles of color, but we get crazy about wire (or a hair--which is icky, but not really dangerous.)

Like I said, just kind of thinking on it... Not going anywhere with it....
post #69 of 268
Thanks for the info! Very helpful, I never would have thought of these things and I am pretty concerned about the health and safety of others.
post #70 of 268
Good point Itsacake.
there are some people who are against using aluminium pans too, and a lot of the wilton pans are just that and the list can go on with canned food etc. etc.
Most times the wires in the cake doesn't stay in more than a few hours, so maybe.....
post #71 of 268
Thanks very much for your information about cake wires, i knew you couldn't just put them into a cake but i didn't know what to use when you wanted only one wire, as the picks are to big. icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
post #72 of 268
Okay, just read the info on wire, and I am familiar with all the alternatives, except for a posey pick? what is it? does it go by any other name. I can't find anything with that name on the internet... help... icon_confused.gif
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Grabbing my bowl of faux-'nache and running from the ganache police!!
link to Jello MMF recipe: http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopicp-6934662-.html#6934662
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post #73 of 268
I was going to put wires in a cake tonight. Need a thin piece of wire to look like a handle. Any suggestions on how to make an edible one? I have silver luster dust. Gumpaste won't dry in time. Thanks for any help.
post #74 of 268
Tesso, a posey pick is just a flower pick (it's what the Brits call flower picks). Wilton now has some fresh flower cake spikes (picks) out that would also work if you're doing bent wires with balls on the ends, i.e., something heavy that you want secured a bit better. icon_smile.gif
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post #75 of 268
Very good info here. I took a class given by someone in Amazing Wedding Cakes and she said that a very famous cake decorating chef once had rust on a slice that was seen at the plate of one of the wedding guests....

She suggested always using floral tape around the bottom (where you cut the wire). I see the info on this post is even more caucious and I will use the straws.

Thanks!
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