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  1. #1
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    Default Feeding of Cake Icing???

    Here is a question for everyone,

    So a friend of mine works in a local grocery store bakery and they get in 5 gallon buckets of cake icing and sugary looking fondant material, in different colors too, so is this stuff safe to feed bees like a block of regular fondant or any ideas on this stuff?/

    Thanks everyone

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Feeding of Cake Icing???

    Perhaps you should look for a label listing the ingredients before you go any further.
    Graham
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    Default Re: Feeding of Cake Icing???

    Ditto

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    Default Re: Feeding of Cake Icing???

    I am betting the icing contains butter. Do bees like butter?

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    Default Re: Feeding of Cake Icing???

    I really doubt you could get bees to touch the stuff. I had such a bucket sitting out waiting to be washed out and the bees never went near it. (Which may be a clue as to whether WE should eat it.) -js

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    Default Re: Feeding of Cake Icing???

    My wife decorates cakes. Instead of using the buckets she makes her own. The icing is made from powdered sugar , crisco, vanilla or butter creme flavoring and a little water. When she uses fondant it is made from practically the same just less water, and sometimes it also includes marshmellows and corn syrup. She has a friend that uses the buckets of icing and gives me all her buckets. When cleaning out the buckets I have never seen a bee show any interest.

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    Default Re: Feeding of Cake Icing???

    I got a used donut glaze bucket from a well known donut chain, and the bees had that bucket clean within hours.

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    Default Re: Feeding of Cake Icing???

    Isn't donut glaze much different from cake icing?

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    Default Re: Feeding of Cake Icing???

    I think donut glazing is just liquid sugar that the donuts are dipped in. Most commercial fondant is sugar, HFCS and water. Make sure you read the label. Additives are not good.

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    Default Re: Feeding of Cake Icing???

    Regardless of whether the icing is good for the bees, those 5-gallon buckets are great for the beekeeper!

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    Default Re: Feeding of Cake Icing???

    Quote Originally Posted by indypartridge View Post
    Regardless of whether the icing is good for the bees, those 5-gallon buckets are great for the beekeeper!

    Thanks to everyone for the great answers and I especially just wanted those food grade buckets. Thanks again my fellow beeks

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    Default Re: Feeding of Cake Icing???

    Several bee keeping sites sell fondant for winter feeding - maybe their ingredients are different? I used to make fondant and mine requires HFCS, marshmallows and icing sugar.

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