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nancylehigh 11-24-2008 12:29 PM

Maple leaf garnish
I want to use Japanese Maple leaves from my tree to garnish a cake for decoration only. Is it safe to lay the leaves directly on butter/cream cheese icing?

pdswife 11-24-2008 12:39 PM

I'm not sure but... if it is I'm sure it will be pretty!

Constance 11-24-2008 12:51 PM

Japanese maples are not toxic...that's according to what I read on Google.

Katie H 11-24-2008 06:53 PM

I don't know, but make sure whatever leaves you use are washed well to remove any insects or pesticides.

fireweaver 11-24-2008 07:21 PM

nope, as far as i know (and i'm a vet, not a people doctor), maple leaves are only toxic to horses - some specific issue with their red blood cells. and even then, your horse has to eat a goodly quantity of the leaves, so simply laying leaves across the icing won't do anything if people aren't actually consuming the leaves. like Katie said, just wash 'em off real good.

Constance 11-24-2008 08:03 PM

I also read the Japanese Maple is a different genus than red maple, fireweaver.

fireweaver 11-25-2008 12:13 AM

nope, still Acer, but yes a different species of it anyway.

nancylehigh 11-26-2008 06:44 PM

thanks for the help
Thanks to you all for your input-- greatly appreciated-- Happy Thanksgiving!

fireweaver 11-26-2008 07:12 PM

dont' forget to post pics of your pretty cake later, to let us know how it all turned out!

and happy holidays all around!

Constance 11-26-2008 08:26 PM


Originally Posted by fireweaver (Post 732157)
nope, still Acer, but yes a different species of it anyway.

Oops...I guess my botany was slipping. I knew that...just got a little drunk out last night.

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