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How do those expensive cake decorators keep flys, gnats and other bugs out of the frosting when they bring the cake outside?

Asked by SirBailey (3130points) May 29th, 2009

If you’ve ever watched those cake decorating shows on cable, they always bring the cake to the delivery van uncovered in any way. On one show, gnats were clearly flying around the uncovered, frosted cake. Don’t they get into the frosting? If not, how do they keep them out?

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Les's avatar

They probably get a bug or two in the frosting every now and then, but I really don’t think it is that big of a deal. Think about if you were outside eating a sandwich. You’re not going to have an infestation of gnats immediately drawn to your treat. It doesn’t work that way. Bakers and cake decorators just move as fast as they can to get the cake inside, but if there is a stray bug that lands on it, I’m sure it’s an easy fix.

SirBailey's avatar

But my sandwich isn’t STICKY like the frosting is. It would act like flypaper.

Les's avatar

Ok, then how about ice cream, or a melting candy bar? You aren’t licking up bugs when you are eating an ice cream cone. Try an experiment. Bake a cake and slather it with frosting and walk around outside. I don’t think you’ll have much of a problem.

Also, many cakes are decorated not with frosting, but with rolled fondant. Fondant is not sticky like a whipped frosting, it is smooth. No flypaper effect, there.

casheroo's avatar

I’ve never heard of them doing anything specific. They might have to pick a bug out or two. If it’s an outdoor ceremony, and it’s warm..fondant would be used to keep the cake intact so like @Les said, it’s not sticky.

Judi's avatar

That nasty fondant frosting is probably impenetrable!

SirBailey's avatar

Fondant might be the answer then. But for that kind of money, seems like they could cover the cake.

Les's avatar

Having worked at a bakery, I know that it is nearly impossible to cover a wedding cake or other “larger than a cake box sized” cake. Boxes large enough would be awkward to carry, and could end up damaging the cake decoration. It is just easier to move quickly.

richardhenry's avatar

Do you live in a swamp? :)

SirBailey's avatar

Let me tell you, I once saw an episode of one of those cake shows where they took the cake from the place (in New York City) to the van and there were gnats, and people walking buy, and a lot of New York stuff I wouldn’t want around my thousand dollar cake.

Les's avatar

Well, then never order a cake bigger than a typical cake box, and you should be fine.

SirBailey's avatar

To tell you the truth, I’d focus on the flavor of a cake and not the decorations.

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