Cake decorations with their attractive colors–and often shiny appearances– help make celebrations even more fun; especially during the holidays. However, not all decorations are safe to eat. The Food and Drug Administration has prepared a publication entitled To Eat or Not to Eat: Decorative Products on Foods Can Be Unsafe which provides guidance to consumers to help determine if cake decorations are edible or not. In addition, this publication provides important reminders to commercial bakers that need to be adhered to in order to help keep consumers safe.
A good rule of thumb to remember is that if you can’t determine for sure if a decoration is safe to eat, then, please don’t.
Best wishes for safe and happy holidays for you and yours!