Ideas for cake decorating with real flowers

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Ideas for cake decorating with real flowers
Natural flowers add an elegant touch to any style cake. (wedding cake on a bowl of flowers. image by Linda Mattson from

Fresh flowers are a beautiful and sophisticated alternative to the traditional figurine topper on a tiered wedding cake, a single-layer birthday cake, or even a large-party sheet cake. When using fresh flowers on a wedding cake, place the flowers at the last moment possible before the reception or party to ensure the flowers stay fresh and crisp by the time the cake is cut.

Top or Corner Bundles

Wedding cakes can be topped with flower bundles or bouquets rather than with figurine cake toppers. The flower bundle should sit on the top tier of the cake and be no wider than the circumference of the tier. The colour and type of flower depends on the design of the cake; a pure white cake can have flowers of any colour or simply white flowers.

Usual cake flowers include roses, orchids, lilies, carnations and daisies. The Flowers must be positioned upright and, therefore, must have most of their stems removed. For bouquet style, the flowers in the middle must stand taller than the flowers on the outside of the bouquet. Cut the stems accordingly and adhere to the cake. Corner bundles are smaller bundles of flowers and can be placed on any edge or corner of a cake including a sheet or single-layer cake.

Crawling Vines

A crawling vine is a type of flower that appears to creep up and around the cake, encircling it from the bottom and eventually to the crown. Vines can be made by attaching flower after flower in a vine pattern up the side of the cake, or by using an actual vine flower or vine plant with flowers adhered to it. There can be multiple vines covering the cake beginning at different starting points.

Flower Polka Dots

Fresh flower "polka dots" are perhaps the easiest cake decorating manoeuvre to get right. A flower polka dot is simply the repeated insertion of the same small flower across all surfaces of the cake. Use small sturdy flowers such as miniature dailies, miniature roses, pansies, buttercups, baby blue eye's, brodiaea, miniature carnations, or any small wild flour that sparks your interest.

Remove the flower heads completely from the stems so that they lie flat on the cake. If the cake is covered in frosting, simply press the flowers gently onto the cake until they stick. If the cake is covered in fondant or another smooth covering, place a small drop of frosting or icing on the back of each flower head so that it sticks to the cake. Cover the cake with the flowers to createsa polka dot pattern.

Flower Cascade

A flower cascade is similar to the crawling vine, except that the flowers fall down the side of the cake in one even line. Beginning at the top with the largest bundle, a cascade continues the same style of flower down the sides in a continuous stream.

Flower Tiers

A flower tier is when each tier of cake is covered in an entire row of large fresh flowers to give the appearance of alternating cake and flour tiers in the cake. A spaced cake stand is required to make separate flower tiers. A spaced cake stand leaves open air in between each tier. Large flowers, either roses, carnations or lilies are then placed on top of each tier to fill the open space and give the illusion of one solid cake.

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