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What type of flowers are best for your cake?

Updated: Jan 15

What type of flowers are best for your cake? Well that depends on a few things, the style you like, the cake finish, availability in season and of course budget. Have a little read below:-

Lets start with Sugar Flowers, I love making these and of course they will keep for years and years if stored safely. Another benefit is that you can have replica sugar flowers made of real ones that may not be available at the time of year. You can also add flowers made of sugar that would normally be unsuitable to place on your cake because they are toxic to humans. In my opinion sugar flowers look best displayed on a cake covered in fondant or ganache. The downside is - they can be very delicate and therefore damage easily. They can also be costly and time consuming to make.

Choosing sugar flowers for your cake can offer several advantages and unique features that may appeal to couples looking to enhance the visual appeal of their cake. Here are some reasons why people opt for sugar flowers:

  1. Edible Artistry: Sugar flowers are intricate and can be crafted with a high level of detail. They provide a visually stunning and realistic alternative to fresh flowers, adding an element of artistry to your cake, customized to match the theme.

  2. Durability: Unlike real flowers, sugar flowers are not subject to wilting or other natural decay. This makes them a durable and long-lasting decorative element, particularly if the cake needs to be displayed for an extended period or in less-than-ideal conditions.

  3. Seasonal Availability: Sugar flowers are not limited by seasonal availability. You can incorporate any type of flower into your cake design, regardless of whether the actual flowers are in season at the time of your wedding.

  4. Allergen-Free: Some individuals may have allergies to real flowers, pollen, or certain plants. Sugar flowers provide an allergen-free alternative, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the cake without concerns about allergic reactions.

  5. Versatility: Sugar flowers can be moulded and shaped into various forms, allowing for creativity in design. They can be used to create intricate arrangements, bouquets, or even unique floral patterns that may be challenging or impossible to achieve with real flowers.

  6. Memorabilia: Sugar flowers can serve as keepsakes. Preserving a few sugar flowers from the cake allows you to retain a piece of the special occasion as a lasting memento.

While sugar flowers may be preferred for their aesthetic appeal and practical benefits, the choice ultimately depends on personal preferences and the overall theme of your wedding.

Fresh Flowers - these are a popular option especially for the semi naked/buttercream cakes as they add a Boho natural feel to the cake which is absolutely gorgeous for Barn Weddings. They can be added to your florist package therefore tying in nicely with the rest of your floral displays and perhaps saving a few pennies.

However, while many flowers are beautiful and harmless, some can be toxic if ingested or if their sap comes into contact with the skin. Here are a few popularly used by florists, but are to be avoided placing onto cake, Gypsophila, Eucalyptus, Hydrangeas, Lily of the Valley, Peonies, Clematis and Ruscus.

Not all flowers are toxic or non-edible, there are many flowers that are edible (if you like the taste) such as Roses, Hibiscus, Lavender and Borage.

Artificial/Silk Flowers - choosing artificial flowers for decorating cakes has become a popular option for various reasons. Here are some potential advantages:

  1. Durability: Artificial flowers are long-lasting and won't wilt or fade, ensuring that your cake looks fresh and vibrant throughout the event. This is especially beneficial for cakes that need to be displayed for an extended period.

  2. Allergen-Free: Real flowers can trigger allergies in some people, whereas artificial flowers are hypoallergenic. This is particularly important if the cake will be enjoyed by individuals with sensitivities or allergies.

  3. Availability: Artificial flowers are available year-round, regardless of the season or location. This can be advantageous when you desire a specific flower that may not be in season at the time of your event.

  4. Customization: Artificial flowers come in a wide variety of colours and styles, allowing for greater customization to match your specific theme or colour scheme. You can find artificial flowers in shades that may not naturally occur or in unique designs.

  5. No Pesticides: Real flowers may be treated with pesticides or other chemicals. Artificial flowers eliminate the risk of exposing your cake to potentially harmful substances.

  6. Easy to Handle: Artificial flowers are generally easier to work with than fresh flowers. They don't require water, and you don't have to worry about stems dripping onto the cake.

  7. Consistency: Artificial flowers provide a consistent look, ensuring that each decoration is uniform. Real flowers can vary in size, shape, and colour, leading to potential inconsistencies in your cake design.

  8. Reusability: Artificial flowers can be reused for other events, making them a cost-effective option in the long run. They also serve as a keepsake if you want to preserve a part of the cake decoration.

However, it's essential to note that some artificial flowers may not be food-safe, so if you choose this option, make sure to use decorations specifically designed for cake decorating. Always confirm that the materials used are safe for consumption.

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