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AIBU to serve up a cake that has contact glitter on it instead of edible?

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ChrissieLatham Thu 17-Nov-16 08:19:44

I have made a birthday cake for my DD but on reading the glitter pot that I thought was edible glitter it says it's "food contact glitter for removable cake decorations"!!
I bought it in a bit of a rush and because it was with all the food colours I just assumed it was edible. Now I've read the pot afterwards and not sure if I should serve it up. It took so long to make and looks really pretty! The website says its non-toxic so what harm could it do? Glittery poo?!

Floggingmolly Thu 17-Nov-16 08:22:36

Yes, I think you are.

peachesandcreamdream Thu 17-Nov-16 08:23:35


I'd probably not serve it.

Shame since you've taken the time to bake it.

PoldarksBreeches Thu 17-Nov-16 08:24:56

Take the icing off. Sorry.

NightCzar Thu 17-Nov-16 08:26:22

I think I'd do the candles etc and then just take off the icing when you cut each slice.

LilaTheLion Thu 17-Nov-16 08:26:23

What's the worst that would happen?

I'd serve it.

Imnotaslimjim Thu 17-Nov-16 08:33:30

I'm going against the grain here. A little research will show you that most "edible glitter" is really non-toxic. As long as you haven't gone mad, it won't do anyone any harm. There is some info here

you may wish to warn those that eat it that what goes in must come out - if it's non-toxic they likely won't digest it and it will come out in the toilet!

ChrissieLatham Thu 17-Nov-16 08:33:50

Looks like I might have to cut the icing off then sad
Looks like it's a common problem, apparently Sarah haviland from Miranda did the same in bake off

Ohdearducks Thu 17-Nov-16 08:35:27

Just warn people that you made a mistake and they may not want to eat the icing, that way it's not a waste and it's their own decision to eat it or not.

BridgetWard Thu 17-Nov-16 08:42:23

I would still serve it but let parents/people know it's not edible glitter, so they may want to take the icing off or you can pop down to the local supermarket, they do really nice large cakes for around £15.

GrumpyOldBag Thu 17-Nov-16 08:45:10

Serve up the cake looking all pretty, then remove the icing when you slice it up for the party bags.

Much nicer to have a homemade cake than a supermarket one.

Mindtrope Thu 17-Nov-16 08:46:27


You are even considering this?

LilaTheLion Thu 17-Nov-16 08:50:14

What's going to happen if people eat a little bit of glitter? I would definitely serve it. Tell me to save my future guests?

Kazmerelda Thu 17-Nov-16 08:52:29

I wouldn't it can be seriously toxic even on small quantities.

I genuinely know a child that ate a decoration with some of it on (was a removable dec) and had a nasty tummy for days. Would not risk it tbh

KoalaDownUnder Thu 17-Nov-16 08:55:02

Pics or it didn't happen.

(Kidding. I'm just nosy and like cake pictures grin)

Somerville Thu 17-Nov-16 08:59:20

On a cake decorating course I did, we were advised to only use edible glitter - even on removable cake toppers, in case of accidental ingestion. Non-toxic does not mean the same thing as edible; it won't be tested for human consumption and there usually won't be a list of ingredients and allergens.
Absolutely no way should you serve that.
What I would do is use the cake you've made for candles and singing happy birthday, but whip up another batch of cake (with only simple icing - no one will see it except cut up); cut it up and place in napkins in advance and serve that.

Lollollollol Thu 17-Nov-16 08:59:29

I'd serve it and have served the same myself but I wouldn't buy more of that type of glitter iyswim

MuseumOfCurry Thu 17-Nov-16 08:59:45

So, it's graded for 'food contact' but not consumption? Did you get it in the cake decorating aisle, or the arts and crafts aisle? I can't imagine getting worked up over this if it's the former.

AteRiri Thu 17-Nov-16 09:00:43

Scrape off the icing. You wouldn't want people blaming you if they get sick (even if it's not because of the glitter, they'd still blame you).

Somerville Thu 17-Nov-16 09:01:28

I'm shocked by how many people would serve it. I'm never eat anything glittery that I haven't made myself ever again.

DecaffCoffeeAndRollupsPlease Thu 17-Nov-16 09:01:43

I would probably serve it with an announcement. As you say, it's non toxic and likely to be a tiny amount - let people choose. I would eat it.

NerrSnerr Thu 17-Nov-16 09:03:05

I'd serve it and happily eat it if told (but wouldn't care if I wasn't told).

I don't make many cakes so don't worry anyone I am not about to go on a big glitter poisoning spree.

BooeyBubbleHead Thu 17-Nov-16 09:03:23

I'd serve it and eat it.

InTheseFlipFlops Thu 17-Nov-16 09:03:37

contact glitter used to be sold as edible glitter until about 3/4 years ago.

I would take the icing off for people you don't know but still eat it myself

since I ate tons of it before they changed the rules

ChrissieLatham Thu 17-Nov-16 09:03:58

I got it from Hobbycraft and it was with all the gel colours and edible cake sprays etc so just assumed it was edible as the rest of the stuff was. It's only after that I've looked at the pot that I read the small print.
It sounds like it would just go all the way through the system as its plastic rather than starch based so wouldn't cause any harm (non-toxic). Think I will let people decide for themselves though and cut the edge off, grr so annoying, it took 8 hours to make!!! angry

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