Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Heavy Metal Fondant
May of now: Charm City Cakes and Westside Metals team up, to produce a decorative cake featuring the vibrant colors of RoHS metals in its Fondant. For those of us who don't know what "Fondant" is, it is a sort of structural crust, that encapsulates the cake, and softer icings which may be inside. Fondant is usually made out of pure "diabetic" sugar, mixed with various food grade dies. Now, the Charm City/Westside Metals cake, as it is known, features a fondant made up of up to 50 percent deprecated metals, such as Cadmium, Mercury, and Lead. Although the inside is made out of flour, cream, and eggs, it is not intended to be eaten, rather buried alive in a sarcophagus of heavy metals- it is purely for decoration purposes. Says Monsieur Duff of the cake company: "It was totally liberating to think in terms of non-edibility. Look at this brilliant red mercury iodide! And over here, the cadmium sulfide almost glows in the dark when mixed with sugar. I now can add lead to anything and it makes the cake have that 50s sputnik, heavy cars, heavy metal feel." Although this is primarily meant to be a safe way to dispose of RoHS metals, the CCCWM team hopes to move on to other poisonous, but not RoHS compounds, such as Copper Sulfate, for turquiose. Also not mentioned in the RoHS series, are the Polybrominated Biphenyls and Polybrominated Biphenyl Ethers, which have no real color to speak of, but may be a good centerpiece at a party, when shaped into the proper cake.