In truth, there are few occasions where flowers and cakes go together. However, the main time that they do is the wedding cake – and it would be fair to say that this is quite a big deal.
Unsurprisingly, considering the nature of flowers, there are some do’s and don’ts when pairing them with something edible. Let’s take a look at some of these tips to make sure that you don’t make any dangerous faux pas’.
Firstly, what flowers are safe?
There is a huge list that you can turn to for this first question, but to give a bit of a sample here are some of the big “safe” names of flowers which can be used on cake:
However, let us issue a word of caution. Sure, these flowers might be safe, but only if you buy them from a reputable source. After all, you’ll never know what they have been treated with before they are passed onto you.
The last flowers we bought came from Avas Flowers. It’s worth mentioning that there are a lot of Avas Flowers offers available right now, while Amazon also has its own Avas Flowers page. If you are struggling to find a local supplier, it might be worth checking them out.
Next question – what should you avoid?
OK, slightly less research is needed for this next question. Put simply, if a flower is on this list, don’t even bother asking your local florist. Just don’t even consider applying it to your cake:
- Calla lilly
- …the list can go on
Make sure the flowers are washed
Hopefully, this next point is par for the course. Let’s not forget that you are inserting these flowers into something edible. Ultimately, dirt and bacteria aren’t an option. To make sure you get most of the dirt, try and cut them at an angle and then run water at the base of the stem.
Wrap the stems up
When it comes to decorating a cake with flowers, there’s an added degree of protection as well. This comes with stem wrapping. Ultimately, you want to reduce the chances of the stem coming into contact with the cake and ultimately leaking.
Fortunately, this is quite an easy step. It just takes some floral tape, which will be wrapped around the stem, and the chances of leaking diminish significantly.
Be wary of the storage factor
Every flower has its own shelf life, and there are certain things you can do to make sure that this is as long as possible. Some people swear by keeping them in the fridge for the entire day, before unleashing them in the evening on the cake where they will appear as fresh as can be for the next few hours. However, there are all sorts of methods you can tap into.