Anyone Catch Cupcake Wars Last Night?

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Mb20fan Posted 27 Dec 2010 , 6:40pm
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Cupcake Wars last night:
Not sure if this was a re-run or not, but it was the episode when they had to do LA Kings Hockey inspired cupcakes. One of the teams decided to make a topper that resembled the goal net. She said she used isomalt - melted it and shaped it on a cone to set. Well at the judging, she was told that this was not edible. Huh? I see this used alot on the cake shows and such, I mean Lauri Dutinno of Cake Alchemy (on Amazing Wedding cakes) uses that technique all the time. I've never heard that this was not edible. I'm inquiring because I just purchased some isomalt sticks - something new - they are like ready made sticks that you just melt in the microwave because I had planned to use this with my jewel molds to make little diamond gem decorations. This is a medium that I am really not that familiar with. Anyone catch that on the show? Anyone know of this not being edible? Thanks for the help.

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JawdroppingCakes Posted 27 Dec 2010 , 6:52pm
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I saw that episode and was wondering the same thing? I have seen it made and used in cakes as well.

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zoraya Posted 27 Dec 2010 , 6:53pm
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I did see that and was curious myself about it not being edible.

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Mb20fan Posted 27 Dec 2010 , 7:02pm
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Even the decorator was like in shock when he said that to her, she said she didn't know that. Image

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-K8memphis Posted 27 Dec 2010 , 7:27pm
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It's like any other sugar free candy--it can cause extreme gastrointestinal distress. I once ate a tiny bag of sugar free orange slices--Oh Sweet Jesus take me home right now! I was So Sick. But I have tummy issues anyhow.

It is edible. You just suffer for eating too much-- and I think she probably had too much on each cake to be safe for the public at large.

I wanted them both to win.

But I mean the other lady also had raw tuna on top of one of her cupcakes? Now that's clearly over the line in terms of food safety to me!

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Mb20fan Posted 27 Dec 2010 , 8:13pm
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Wow K8 - thanks for that insight. So...if I were to make 'jewels', I guess to be safe, I should remove them before serving. small as these were to be, it's almost not worth doing. Image

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-K8memphis Posted 27 Dec 2010 , 8:21pm
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If each person ate even one or two really large oversized jewels --say the size of a butterscotch hard candy--it would be fine. I can eat isomalt without exploding.

I had eaten about 7 or 8 orange slices candies when the bag was clearly marked that two slices make one serving hahahahaha made a believer outa me!

But really you'll be fine with an isomalt accent. If it's encrusted with jewels-yes, I'd remove them. And you don't have to worry like with rhinestones or something that's truly inedible if you miss removing a few.

I'd also do a written and verbal disclaimer.

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Loucinda Posted 28 Dec 2010 , 1:10am
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Isomalt is a form of Splenda, that is what I always have heard.

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steffiessweet_sin_sations Posted 28 Dec 2010 , 2:50am
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but splenda is edible! i thought it was just like eating candy, small amts is fine, but u wouldnt want to eat a whole stick of it! i was surprised when he said that!

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BlakesCakes Posted 28 Dec 2010 , 5:15am
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I saw the episode and nearly smacked the judge thru the TV when he said that. He needs to get his "English" straight--it IS EDIBLE, but it's difficult to eat when made into sturdy decos. It does cause "gastointestinal distress" when too much is consumed, but one "crown" wouldn't have hurt anyone icon_cool.gif

It never ceases to amaze me that on so many of these shows, they don't seem to use fact-checkers. They'll let anyone say anything and never provide another side or disclaimer.

Buddy covered a cake in black disco dust one night, raving about how it was edible--NOT! Non-toxic, but not edible, and for decoration ONLY. Next shot is of a woman chowing down on it. I wrote to TLC asking for a retraction of the statement, but I never heard anything.

These "errors" just give us more to "fight" about with muggles icon_mad.gif


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-K8memphis Posted 28 Dec 2010 , 1:31pm
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Yes yes yes on Buddy's disco dust statement-I remember that one too.

And I did some light googling on the Splenda/isomalt thing and it is in the same family--not exactly the same product. But both edible of course.

But again what about the tuna!!!! Did she really put that on there? I'm gonna hafta go back & check.

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Mb20fan Posted 28 Dec 2010 , 2:25pm
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I'm pretty sure she did put tuna on there, but that's just 'sushi' so it was fine. Gross, but safe to eat. I have a hard time accepting anything 'savory' in a cupcake. Something about 'savory' and 'cake' just don't go together, to me. I don't care to watch that part of the cupcake wars challenge.

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-K8memphis Posted 28 Dec 2010 , 2:32pm
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It's not ok to hold raw protein in a hot studio for a while nor hold it out of the frige while the cakes are delivered nor hold it out of temp while cakes are served. Nuh ugh.

Does raw tuna get a four hour window like cream cheese? I don't think so. It has to be held above 140 or below 40 degrees yes/no? Surely it's a la minute? And dude's worried about the isomalt?

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Mb20fan Posted 28 Dec 2010 , 5:38pm
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Not a sushi eater, so I don't know about all that. Either way - it was gross to me. Can't wrap my brain around a 'savory cupcake'. Image

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amygortoncakes Posted 3 Jan 2011 , 11:55pm
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My whole thought on making everything edilble on the cake is like this...

The gumpaste toppers are edible but you are never going to see someone eat one.

I think the same thing applies with the previous poster about the jewels. I don't think the average consumer is going to pop one of those in their mouth, even if it is served to them with the slice of cake.

I just don't get the whole everything has to be edible on a cake, especially when so many aspects that are edible are never eaten. Food safe yes...edible not so much.

Just my two cents.

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shanney54 Posted 4 Jan 2011 , 12:53am
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I'm glad that I saw this! I was surprised when I heard, or was it read, that isomalt wasn't edible. When I start trying to learn how to work with sugar I wasn't going to use isomalt because of what he said. I guess I'll just have to learn that it's just tv and have to take it with a grain of salt.

I wish they would give them other ingredients besides meat products. "Savory" and "cupcake" are not two words that go together in my book either, Mb20fan.

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