How to Decorate a Cake With Fresh Flowers - Instructions & Video
Flowers are one of my favourite things to decorate a cake with. They can take an undecorated cake from basic to classy with just a few stems. Flowers are so versatile too - you can trim them, play with the petals to achieve different looks, and even paint them! But there are a few key things to keep in mind to ensure that your flowers are food safe. Nope - you can't just stick them into your cake!
Firstly, it is important to give your flowers a good rinse. This is important for both commercial flowers and home flowers. With commercial flowers, they are often sprayed with pesticides to keep them fresh and safe from insects, so you want to ensure that you rinse off any residual pesticides so they don't get into or onto your cake. With home flowers, because we do the opposite and don't spray them with harmful chemicals, you're likely to find insects hiding inside, and we definitely don't want any insects on our cake! An easy fix is to simply rinse the flowers and let them dry outside on a paper towel, and the insects will come crawling out :)
Secondly, it is important to wrap your flower stems before placing them into your cake. To see how this is done, you can check out my YouTube video. Wrapping your flower stems is important for two reasons: 1) This will stop any of the liquids in the flower/flower stem from seeping into your cake, and 2) it will keep your flowers fresher for longer as it locks in the moisture that's in the stem.
If you'd like to see how this is done, you can check out my YouTube video on how to decorate a cake with fresh flowers:
If you do attempt to decorate a cake with fresh flowers and have any questions, then please leave me a comment below! I'd be happy to answer any questions. Also, I'd love to see pictures of your final product, so don't forget to tag me on Instagram @cakesbymk.nz :)
Thanks for reading!