Sunday, July 18, 2010

Deceptive Practices

Looks can be deceiving sometimes. I saw this picture on the internets the other day and did a double take once I read the description. All this lovely crafting stuff is not real. It's a cake. Yes, you read it right...a cake.

If you're like me, you watch a lot of WE TV and Food Network. For a while now the more popular programming has to do with weddings (Oh David Tutera, please come design my dream wedding...mmmmmm). I love 'Amazing Wedding Cakes' on WE. 'Cake Boss' is good too. I'm always blown away by what can be done with cake, frosting and sugar. Some of the ideas the clients come up with for their cakes is mind blowing at times...whether beautifully embellished classic...or totally off the wall designs that no one would ever dream of ~ usually.

The work is always detailed, stressful and incredibly satisfying when it's complete.

The only thing I have a hard time with is knowing these cakes are out in the open for days at a time while being designed and decorated. Loads of fondant is rolled and handled for hours and days...with bare hands. You NEVER see the cake artists washing their hands before handling food. It makes me wonder just how sanitary it really is by the time it's finished and served to a multitude of wedding and various party guests. the cake FRESH when served? After days of being handled at room temperature and being refrigerated repeatedly, it makes me wonder. It makes me somewhat squeamish thinking about it and I lose my appetite for cake. It also makes me VERY aware of what I'm doing in my own kitchen while baking or doing cooking of any kind. Erring on the side of caution isn't such a bad thing.

But I'm always impressed with the finished product on these shows. The cake artists are truly artists indeed. Bravo!

Have a knit pickin' good day ya'll!

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