im reading the confetti cakes book, by elisa strauss and i love it! but her instructions to pipe a design on a cake using a template require outlining the template with pencil, then pressing the pencil side onto the fondant covered cake and rubbing the back of the template paper. the rubbing comes off onto the cake and you are supposed to follow the lines with the piping. is this safe? is there a particular type of pencil i should use that is food safe? i wouldn't think she'd publish anything that is unsafe, but i do have some concerns about this method. any thoughts?
I remember reading something about a non-toxic pencil recently. Let me find you the link...
Here it is:
It was to do with cookies, but I think the same rules would apply.
I've purchased charcoal pencils at Michael's for doing this. I figure we cook with charcoal and eat burnt toast and steak, so it should be OK. I have been told not to use regular graphite pencils for this, though.
We used a graphite pencil for our cocoa paintings in one of my classes. But it was on pastillage, so who knows.
Toba used a regular graphite pencil for image transfer (followed by the pinprick method) right onto the fondant on the cookie. She said the amount of carbon was insignificant to harm or affect taste of the food.