When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission at no additional cost to you.
Hi, everyone! For today’s post, I thought I would show you how to decorate cakes with flowers. I adore inserting flowers into cakes. The effect is just breathtaking. Whether it is a birthday, baby shower or wedding cake, adding a touch of floral beauty can take your cake from ordinary to extraordinary in no time! After all, nothing quite says “a special occasion” like a cake adorned with beautiful blooms. However, if it’s not done correctly, using fresh flowers on your cakes can be unsafe for guests.
Luckily for you, we’ve got a guide to ensuring that the fresh flowers you use to decorate your cakes are as safe as they are stunning. So if you want to learn how to make cake designs using fresh flowers (and avoid accidentally serving up any harmful flora), then read on!
Why Use Fresh Flowers to Decorate Cakes
They’re beautiful and add a certain charm to the cake that can’t be matched by anything else. And if you do it right, it’ll look like you’ve spent hours on your masterpiece!
But there is an art to decorating a cake with flowers. It takes some practice and patience but once you get it right, you’ll be able to do it in no time at all!
There’s something about the contrast between the white frosting and vibrant colours of the petals that makes it look more festive, while also adding flavour and colour.
Flowers can add a personal touch. You can use them as an accent or as your main decoration, depending on what you’re going for. If you’re serving a cake at a wedding, for example, using flowers will be sure to impress your guests!
How to Add Flowers to Cake
When decorating cakes with fresh flowers, most bakers will stick fresh flowers directly into the cake or dip them into melted chocolate, fondant, buttercream or royal icing. This is done to prevent wilting of the flowers and spoil their natural shape.
I am going to share with you how I decorate cakes with flowers.
The first step is to decide on how many flowers you want to put on your cake. Depending on the size of the cake, I would go for a maximum of 4-5 flowers. You can even use one or two if you are not sure about how many flowers are required.
Give the flower stems a trim and keep only a little extra so they can go inside the cake and not fall off, maybe an inch or two.
I remove all the leaves from the flower stems.
Now, I give the flowers and the stems a quick rinse in drinking water to get rid of any dirt etc.
Once the flowers are dry, I wrap the stem in floral tape.
Lastly, I insert straws into the cake in which the stem of the flower will sit inside. This way, the cake is doubly insulated from the flower.
Which Flowers to Use
When choosing flowers to use for your cake decoration, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. For one thing, you should pick flowers that are in season. Not only do these types of flowers tend to be cheaper than out-of-season specimens, but they’ll also have more available at your local florist or grocery store and will last longer when cut and placed on the cake.
Secondly, go for freshness and fragrance. You want the aroma of your cake to be as delicious as its taste! And since freshness is everything when it comes to floral arrangements on cakes—and with food in general—you’ll want the blooms used on top of your frosted masterpiece to be neither wilted nor brown at any point during their stay atop your finished product (and if they are, throw them away!).
Now that you know how to use fresh flowers on cakes, it’s time to start decorating. Whether you’re making a wedding cake for two or an everyday dessert for one, there are lots of creative ways to make your cake stand out from the crowd. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things: If you don’t like how it turns out, you can always just eat it!