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post #16 of 29

Organic, pesticide free, non toxic flowers are what I recommend to anyone who wants fresh flowers on their cake. I also use flower spikes to hold them...no stems into the cake. As far as the florist arranging the flowers, I have it written into my contract that NOBODY BUT ME puts anything on the cake!!! If they want flowers, toppers, etc, they must be there for me at the time of set up, their contract is void if someone else damages the cake. 

post #17 of 29
Yes, this is from 2007, but it is still a good question. I had a bride tell me today that she wanted real roses on the cake. It is just a few buds, and a few slightly opened flowers (supposedly, but we shall see...) and I told her I REALLY don't recommend it, but if she insists, I will cut the stem off, and stick it to an icing blob that needs to be removed and not served.

I will not stick stems in cakes, that is just nasty! And I have had a wannabe florist mess up the cake with her stupid flowers. It was in a two tier, with separations. The roses were supposed to be I. The separation, and I told her that, but she thought they would look much better all around the sides and on top.... Darn her....
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post #18 of 29

I had a mexican stand-off not too long ago with a florist who insisted SHE was going to put the flowers on my cake. I asked to see her Food Safety Supervisors or Food Handlers certificate.

 

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post #19 of 29
I agree with SugarSweetCakeCo. I attended a Toba Garrett class and asked her about this. She said if you're going to use fresh flowers you have to make sure they are organic and non-poisonous. If she were to judge a cake competition and saw a poisonous flower, she would automatically disqualify that cake. She also said that you should never stick anything into a cake. So I would do like Annabakescakes said, stick it into a blob of icing or fondant.
post #20 of 29

What scares me more than sticking flowers directly into cake....is sticking "toxic" flowers directly into cake.    I have seen that often....and from local bakeries in my town.  Many bakeries and cake decorators do not know what is toxic and not.   Scarey.  

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post #21 of 29

I would never consider just sticking a bare flower stem into a cake. 

post #22 of 29
Would you put the flower pick in the cake with or without water? I would think without water. And when would you put the flowers on? I'm just debating this tonight for tomorrow's wedding cake. All the cakes I do have had sugar flowers. This one has real flowers... Now I'm trying to figure out what to do, lol. Good thread by the way
post #23 of 29
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Would you put the flower pick in the cake with or without water? I would think without water. And when would you put the flowers on? I'm just debating this tonight for tomorrow's wedding cake. All the cakes I do have had sugar flowers. This one has real flowers... Now I'm trying to figure out what to do, lol. Good thread by the way

Depends on the flower. Roses will be fine for several flowers with no water. Hydrangeas (also poisonous) will shrivel after 1 hour with no water. My 4 year old son picked me a small dandelion yesterday, and after about 2 hours, I could barely find it, it was so shriveled. Gerbera daisies look great after 4 or 5 hours with no water. 

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post #24 of 29
I think my best bet is to wait until tomorrow to put them on the cake. I don't want the flowers to die.

What's the best way to put the flowers on the cake? I've heard of flower picks (without water??) and straws. Does anyone have some good tips?

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post #25 of 29
I did a fresh flower cake last year. The florist was late so I never got to put the flowers on the cake. Not sure what happen.
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post #26 of 29

I agree with you. I prefer the stems being covered on in a spike

post #27 of 29
Hi

Yes I agree flowers stems should not be stuck into a cake. As you have stated a corsage style secured with a sterilized pin is great, you can also use a small dish with oasis for the top of the cake. The flowers stay fresh, no mess on the cake, they can be moved easily when cake is to be cut. If placing flowers on per stems, these can be cut and a tooth pik inserted at the base of the flowers then wraped these can then be placed into the cake carefully. The other alternative is to cut the stem very short wrap if possible, place on cake and secure with a sterilized pin, the hole in cake is minimal. There are a number of other ways to place flowers on a cake wihtout stiking a stem into it.

The person who actually makes the cake should place the flowers on the cake, but as I have found the bride also discusses this with the florist and at times the florist is the one doing this. In both cases you must check out the style of the cake and find out what icing is being used. This will enable you the work out how you will proceed with the arrangement required.

Hope this helps. If anyone has any other ideas I am all for learning more.

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post #28 of 29


I have used a little disc with oasis (provided by the florist) on the top of the cake, with a small disc of wax paper around it to cover any petals that shouldn't touch.  I have also used floral picks poked into the cake as well as stems wrapped in plastic wrap and then inserted into straws before being poked into the cake.  HOWEVER, I do not recommend this when the bride wants a lot of flowers!  If the flowers are small and light, keep the stem and straw short.  Only poke way into the cake for very heavy flowers.

post #29 of 29

This is a pet peeve of mine.  No matter how many times you contact the florist (any florist) by phone or in writing, they never get it right.  Not being crabby - being honest.  For example, a wedding I did last week - I asked repeatedly for one large one medium and one small corsage for the cake.  Got one small and two medium and when  I pulled them out of their containers they were soaking wet.  It was obvious that the florist spritzed them in their cases, not realizing that water eats right through fondant.  I also got super huge calla lilies that were way too big for the cake and their outer edges were curling backwards.  The Ivy was dead, floppy and wilted.  I had to work for quite a while to make this mess look halfway decent and the florist gets the money for it, the time I spent on it  was free of charge.  Most of the flowers come off a boat from over seas and is grown in brackish waters where sanitary conditions aren't regulated like they are in the States.  When you cut the stems that bacteria filled water goes directly into the cake.  Too many stems inserted into water picks then into the cake cracks the finish.  Corsages are the way to go.  Straws have open ends so that's not good, wraps might have latex or ingredients guests would be allergic to,Saran may come away from the stems and be served to unsuspecting guests.  Sugar flowers get my vote.

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