I'm making my first wedding cake and the bride (my sister-in-law) wants to use fresh gerber daisy's on it. How do I use the flowers and still have it be OK and food safe? Any good tips?
wilton has flower picks you can use to when inserting the flowers in the cake.
I'd suggest using flower pics (see Wilton site) for individual blooms, or make up a tiny "tray" out of food-safe plastic (cut a clear water botttle down to 1/2" high), and arrange the flowers in oasis (water-soaked floral foam). Even non-toxic flowers are usually treated with pesticides, so it's generally safer to avoid all food contact, unless you organically grow them yourself.
You know what I do? I steal a handful, the lady at my florist gives them to me by the handfull, I use those little water filled plastic things that they put on the end of roses to keep them fresh. I DONT put water in them, but I cut the flower short, stick it in the little plastic holder thingy, and then make a tiny slit in my fondant, and gently press the plastic thingy into the cake. It works fabulous, because it is soooo easy to take the flowers out before cutting.
Then the bride can wrap them with a piece of ribbon and throw them instead of her bouquet, or put them in a small vase, or even just keep them for a week or so.
Thank you for your replies. This helps so much!
Yea, what everybody said.