Decorating Cakes With Fresh Flowers
Adding fresh flowers to a cake can really transform the overall look of the cake!
As a former professional florist, I used to add flowers to wedding cakes all the time. It was one of my favorite things to do at a wedding. It’s amazing how quickly you can transform a simple, white cake into a work of art.
There are two things to keep in mind when using fresh flowers on a cake, 1. choosing the correct flowers and 2. preparing the flowers.
Some flowers are poisonous, so definitely avoid those. You can search all over the internet to find lists of what flowers to use, but here is a small general list to get you started -generally all roses, mums, peonies, lavender, honeysuckle, lilac, pansy, and snapdragons are safe. There are a ton more flowers that are safe, but these are my favorites and go to's when designing a cake that people are actually going to eat. (For our shoot and the photos below, these were strictly creative/ inspiration photos, so some of the flowers you see on the cake are not ideal for a cake that people will eat.)
It’s always best to wrap your flower stems in floral tape before placing them in the cake. Easy enough! It take s a few extra seconds, but it’s worth it.
There really are no rules when it comes to placing the fresh flowers onto your cake. Not every cake needs to be garnished with 100 roses. Sometimes a few small, delicate flowers or greenery will do the trick. Remember- sometimes less, is more! Personally, I like to play with angles, height and texture. It all depends on your canvas.
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