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post #16 of 164
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Originally Posted by Jess155 View Post

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I'm not one to cover a cake in disco dust, I've never used it for anything but gumpaste decorations.  Having said that --

 

I think any person who takes a big bite of disco dust deserves the rainbow poo that will follow.  Most people don't eat the fondant or gumpaste anyway let alone when it's covered in sparkles.  

 

 

My issue is with "professionals" who sell their cakes to an unsuspecting public.  When people buy food from a business (whether it be home-based or a commercial storefront), they expect it to be fully edible.  I know people do lots of nasty stuff in their home kitchens and feed it to their family...which also makes me sad, but it's the people who SELL food to the public and put inedible garbage on that food that really P!$$ me off.

 

Case in point: cupcakes.  I've seen a million cupcakes doused with Disco Dust.  There's no way to remove that before eating it.  I see DD it in photos here applied directly on fondant and buttercream cakes, cookies, cupcakes, cake balls...edibles that aren't intended to be disassembled before consuming.

 

I'm not pointing fingers at anybody.  I emulated someone quite famous from whom I took some classes in applying DD to cake some years ago.  The point here is to bring awareness to the community at large and let people know that at least one health department has taken the issue to the FDA for clarification.

~ Sherri
~ Sherri
post #17 of 164
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DonnaOK,

 

Looks like we posted at the same time.

 

If you do a search of my posts here over the years, you'll see that I have been trying to educate others about DD on cakes for a LONG LONG time.

 

My thread was not about you at all.

 

You are simply one of many people to whom I've pointed out those not-so-tiny words on the bottle that DD is NOT a food product.

 

I'm sorry you feel singled out.  I hope you'll understand that it's not edible and that as a professional who sells food to the public, it is your duty to have the highest ethics when it comes to food safety.

~ Sherri
~ Sherri
post #18 of 164

Sheri-

While I understand your point, you could of handled it a lot better.  I would never have gone on your cake photo, that you worked so hard on, and pointed out how unethical you were running your business.  I would of sent you a letter and asked if you were aware that it wasn't edible.  I am always about helping others in the industry....that's how I got my start.  I believe in helping each other, not making someone feel bad.  I understand you might not of been singling me out, but this thread started very soon after you made the second comment on my cake....which is how I made that assumption, and I am sure if the roles were reversed, you would of probably come to the same conclusion.  We're all trying to get ahead, and you never know when someone might be having a really bad day and a tough comment can really make them feel bad.

post #19 of 164
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My issue is with "professionals" who sell their cakes to an unsuspecting public.  When people buy food from a business (whether it be home-based or a commercial storefront), they expect it to be fully edible.  I know people do lots of nasty stuff in their home kitchens and feed it to their family...which also makes me sad, but it's the people who SELL food to the public and put inedible garbage on that food that really P!$$ me off.

Case in point: cupcakes.  I've seen a million cupcakes doused with Disco Dust.  There's no way to remove that before eating it.  I see DD it in photos here applied directly on fondant and buttercream cakes, cookies, cupcakes, cake balls...edibles that aren't intended to be disassembled before consuming.

I'm not pointing fingers at anybody.  I emulated someone quite famous from whom I took some classes in applying DD to cake some years ago.  The point here is to bring awareness to the community at large and let people know that at least one health department has taken the issue to the FDA for clarification.

A customer sent me pics of glittery cake pops for New Year, doused in disco dust, asking if I could make them. I sent her info about that stuff being plastic glitter and she was shocked! Lol!
post #20 of 164

hbquikcomjamesl - I believe this is a valid thread to leave open. As we have seen time and again, very few newbies go through the stickies, or search for a topic before making a cake, or checking on facts about every single product. The fact that Cake Decorating suppliers sell this overpriced glitter to anybody who walks through their doors, is reason enough to revisit the issue from time to time.

 

What I WILL object to, is personal attacks on members. I do appreciate that we all can be passionate about our pet topics, but please remember your courtesy and offer advice in a generous and non-judgemental way if you wish to contribute to a discussion, or advise a member of a 'mistake' they may have made.

 

Thanks everyone!

 

- Eve

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post #21 of 164
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Sheri-

While I understand your point, you could of handled it a lot better.  I would never have gone on your cake photo, that you worked so hard on, and pointed out how unethical you were running your business.  I would of sent you a letter and asked if you were aware that it wasn't edible.  I am always about helping others in the industry....that's how I got my start.  I believe in helping each other, not making someone feel bad.  I understand you might not of been singling me out, but this thread started very soon after you made the second comment on my cake....which is how I made that assumption, and I am sure if the roles were reversed, you would of probably come to the same conclusion.  We're all trying to get ahead, and you never know when someone might be having a really bad day and a tough comment can really make them feel bad.

 

 

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Originally Posted by DonnaOK View Post

Sheri-

While I understand your point, you could of handled it a lot better.  I would never have gone on your cake photo, that you worked so hard on, and pointed out how unethical you were running your business.  I would of sent you a letter and asked if you were aware that it wasn't edible.  I am always about helping others in the industry....that's how I got my start.  I believe in helping each other, not making someone feel bad.  I understand you might not of been singling me out, but this thread started very soon after you made the second comment on my cake....which is how I made that assumption, and I am sure if the roles were reversed, you would of probably come to the same conclusion.  We're all trying to get ahead, and you never know when someone might be having a really bad day and a tough comment can really make them feel bad.

Donna, I'm from OK and a big admirer of your cakes.  I saw the comment from Cakepro and thought THAT was unprofessional and uncalled for!   Saying she did it under the guise of 'informing' others is arrogant and the method heavy handed.  There are a gazillion posts about this subject...and yet--even armed with all the food police facts from the helicopter bakers out there--I too am still a DD 'offender'  (gasp) !    Keep doing what you do.  Your work is amazing.

If I am ever on life support, unplug me...

Then plug me back in.  See if that works!

If I am ever on life support, unplug me...

Then plug me back in.  See if that works!

post #22 of 164

Thank you Carmjiok!  I could point out that luster dust also states on the label it is not edible, but a lot of people use it on their cakes (myself included). It's not my business what anyone else chooses to use on their cakes.  I've done a lot of cakes in my time over a 12 year period.  I chose to use a product that someone else might not use.  They might use something that I would never use.  I'm sure you see what I mean.  Thanks again for your kind words. 
 

post #23 of 164

i was talking in general terms upthread--not at or ever directed at a specific person

 

i was careful to not reference anything that could possibly point to the person i know who uses these products

who is not on here either

 

we all make our own decisions

 

over and out

read the ingredient label

 

read the ingredient label

 

post #24 of 164
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Originally Posted by DonnaOK View Post

...luster dust also states on the label it is not edible, but a lot of people use it on their cakes (myself included).

 

Since we're on the subject, I snapped a quick pic of a jar of luster dust I grabbed out of my stash.  Readers may wish to note the words, "NOT TO BE CONSUMED."

 

 

 

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~ Sherri
~ Sherri
post #25 of 164

OK all, please take it down a notch.  Informing people is one thing, but bottom line - it's not illegal.  

 

Singling out a particular designer and going as far as leaving negative comments on a photo of their cake does not even come close to meeting CC guidelines.  I've deleted the comments on the photo in question (even those in support of using DD as a rebuttal to the negative comments made).  If I deleted your positive comment, please re-post it removing any mention of the comments that are no longer there.  Hope that makes sense.

 

This is a valuable discussion, so please lets keep everything nice, civil, professional and without personal attacks.

post #26 of 164

someone said:...... Most people don't eat the fondant or gumpaste anyway let alone when it's covered in sparkles...........

 

Oh how I tend to disagree w/this statement!  I can't tell you how many times a customer has told me the kids had great fun eating the gumpaste flowers. 

post #27 of 164

just use wiltons pearl dust, it is edible and fda approved, or wiltons cake sparkles-they are made out of dried egg whites and if the flakes are to big crunch them smaller, or sugar crystals, there is some safe to use products that can give you sparkle. and my daughter loves to eat the fondant

post #28 of 164

Concerning the thinking that people don't eat that which is not meant to be eaten/is inedible/is not safe for consumption:

 

I delivered a cake tonight. The client was holding extra leaves and petals from the gumpaste lilies on her cake (I always bring extras in case of breakage). A party attendee questioned the client about the flowers. The client says, "It's all edible. Here, taste it. You can eat the whole thing." She then hands and extra petal to the party attendee who proceeds to nibble on it. 

 

I guess the floral taped wrapped wire wasn't enough of a clue that perhaps caution should be used before deciding to ingest it.

 

Additionally, just before this happened, the client watched as I placed the completed flowers into the straw I had placed in the cake. She also listened attentively when I told her to disassemble the cake by removing the flowers and then removing the straw. Why did she think the straw was in there?

post #29 of 164
I haven't ever used DD personally, but I had planned to try it out since it is so pretty!! Now, ewww! I wouldn't dare feed my kids, myself, a stranger, or anyone else dagum plastic. Shame on the DD companies for making something non edible be so darn pretty!
post #30 of 164

Most people I know eat fondant.

Lots of people seem very worried about the small amounts of DD being consumed and I'm not saying they shouldn't be but I would be curious to know how many are using shortening/margarines in their buttercreams which are full of trans fats from hydrogenisation and which are extremely bad for peoples health.

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