How Safe Is Fresh Flowers And Roses

Decorating By TEE39 Updated 22 Jul 2008 , 4:38pm by Aliwis000

TEE39 Posted 15 Jul 2008 , 7:05pm
post #1 of 17

Just curious , ive never done it before . But i wonder about pesticides and how safe is it to buy flowers and roses from a florist to put on cakes.

16 replies
tiptop57 Posted 15 Jul 2008 , 7:39pm
post #2 of 17

Tombi Peck (one of the authors of Sugar Roses for Cakes with Alan Dunn) recommends never using fresh flowers. According to her, flowers grown commercially are habitually sprayed with nasty pesticides to rid them of things which might eat them or kill diseases. These chemicals may also be hazardous to people if in contact with icing.

Not to mention attracting bugs!

Then of course there are many flowers and greenery which are very poisonous.

Nicolle711 Posted 17 Jul 2008 , 3:42pm
post #3 of 17

icon_surprised.gif But people still put real flowers on cakes, how can you (as a cake decorator or hobbiest) make it safe? icon_sad.gif I am a fan of real flowers on a cake but haven't done any big wedding or occasional cakes that call for flowers. So I am definitely interested in any feedback on this icon_biggrin.gif

tiptop57 Posted 17 Jul 2008 , 4:11pm
post #4 of 17

Nicolle711 wrote

Quote:
Quote:

But people still put real flowers on cakes, how can you (as a cake decorator or hobbiest) make it safe?




See you can't make it safe and it should not be done. I have clause in my contract that states no fresh flowers. Even if the florist puts them on the cake and/or shoves the stems into the food, and someone gets sick. . . .who do you think they will come to? You can bet your last dollar it won't be the florist!

Nicolle711 Posted 17 Jul 2008 , 4:28pm
post #5 of 17

Wow, so it really is a serious matter then icon_sad.gif So this is why sugar art, more specifically gumpaste flowers are in high demand, to avoid this problem.

So what do the professionals do then if a bride wants fresh flowers? Do they put in the contract that they are not responsible for health issues arising from sickness due to fresh flowers on the cake?

Thanks for your input icon_biggrin.gif

See you can't make it safe and it should not be done. I have clause in my contract that states no fresh flowers. Even if the florist puts them on the cake and/or shoves the stems into the food, and someone gets sick. . . .who do you think they will come to? You can bet your last dollar it won't be the florist![/quote]

Beckalita Posted 17 Jul 2008 , 6:04pm
post #6 of 17

I do have a clause in my wedding cake contract that states that certain flowers and the pesticides used on them may be harmful, and I cannot be responsible if they are used. In the one case where fresh flowers were used on one of my cakes, I made sure they were organically grown without pesticides ~ and I still made sure to wrap the stems and put plastic wrap barriers between the flowers and the cake. HTH

Jayde Posted 17 Jul 2008 , 10:25pm
post #7 of 17

I encourage the use of silk flowers instead of fresh. I wash the stems carefully with warm soapy water, and still am careful about putting down a parchment round directly underneath the flowers, so they arent actually touching the cake.

HTH

wgoat5 Posted 17 Jul 2008 , 10:50pm
post #8 of 17

Actually I even read that the pollen from the flowers is even more sickening... SO... if you put your flowers on the cake and the wedding is outside OR there is a good draft.... pollen on your cake icon_sad.gif

loriemoms Posted 19 Jul 2008 , 6:43pm
post #9 of 17

I dont know, I have been putting fresh flowers on my cakes for years, and so has a lot of other people...and yes, you would think it would make people sick with the stuff they put on flowers to keep them fresh. But I always put the flowers in warm water before I cut them (it helps open them up for so you can fan them out and make them look pretty on the cake) and I have seen other florists just put them on the cake. I have yet to read, hear or see anyone who has gotten sick (unless they were alergic to roses or something) from a flower being stuck in a cake. If you have an article with real evidence, I would love to see it!!! (not just someone saying its "unsafe") Its not like the people are eating the flowers! Also, I would NEVER recommend them taking the flower out of a pail of chemcials and sticking them in the cake. That I can understand. I am really curious on if this is really just overkill or is it as dangerious as those who say it is?

EnjoyTheCake Posted 20 Jul 2008 , 6:06am
post #10 of 17

There are also fresh flower picks and bowls you can use so that the flower stems aren't in direct contact with the cake. However, a sick friend at the reception and a sneeze may do more damage than a dirty flower.

loriemoms Posted 20 Jul 2008 , 12:24pm
post #11 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by EnjoyTheCake

There are also fresh flower picks and bowls you can use so that the flower stems aren't in direct contact with the cake. However, a sick friend at the reception and a sneeze may do more damage than a dirty flower.




I think the cheap champagne they sometimes serve at these weddings does more damage then a flower! icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif

FrostinGal Posted 21 Jul 2008 , 2:05am
post #12 of 17

I'd be interested to see, as well. Personally, I think there are worse things in a hot dog than on the flowers. And in much larger amounts! In my anecdotal experience, I have never seen or heard of a problem with fresh flowers on a cake. And they didn't buy organic flowers, either.
But do I love a good sugar flower, instead? Yes! Especially now that I can make them reasonably attractive. icon_cool.gif

loriemoms Posted 21 Jul 2008 , 11:21am
post #13 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by FrostinGal

I'd be interested to see, as well. Personally, I think there are worse things in a hot dog than on the flowers. And in much larger amounts! In my anecdotal experience, I have never seen or heard of a problem with fresh flowers on a cake. And they didn't buy organic flowers, either.
But do I love a good sugar flower, instead? Yes! Especially now that I can make them reasonably attractive. icon_cool.gif




I sure miss those days...I rarely get brides who want gum paste flowers now..they all want live flowers. I try everything, I show them how a gum paste flower can look like their real flowers and how they can save them for YEARS to come, and in some cases, they are cheaper then what these florists are charging them, but they won't have it. They want everything to "match"...which I can understand!

Skidoochic Posted 22 Jul 2008 , 1:33am
post #14 of 17

I too have used fresh flowers on several of my wedding cakes. I really think they can make a cake look just beautiful.

The last wedding I did the flowers were just set on the cake table for me to add to the cake. I normally use those flower spikes, etc. but was told the florist would handle all that so I had nothing with me. The bride brings me a package of bobby pins (new) and I used those to insert flowers into the cake! icon_surprised.gif

I was at the reception and no one got sick or commented. Maybe I just got lucky?!?! icon_eek.gif

cakemaker61 Posted 22 Jul 2008 , 7:39am
post #15 of 17

what the fuss is about either. I've used fresh flowers for years and haven't killed anybody yet. Like someone else said, they don't eat the flowers and if the stems are washed beforehand, I don't see a problem

loriemoms Posted 22 Jul 2008 , 11:56am
post #16 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by cakemaker61

what the fuss is about either. I've used fresh flowers for years and haven't killed anybody yet. Like someone else said, they don't eat the flowers and if the stems are washed beforehand, I don't see a problem




I think all the hoopla was invented by makers of the overpriced flower picks and other devices!

Aliwis000 Posted 22 Jul 2008 , 4:38pm
post #17 of 17

I am not a professional but have always thought about what is being said here everytime I have read on this site that real flowers are a no no. I mean I see them on wedding cakes all the time, and have eaten many a cake that had fresh flowers resting on top. If it was really really a bad thing you would never see it done, however half the pics in the wedding galleries have fresh flowers on them and 9 times out of 10 so do the wedding cakes at weddings I go to.

Quote by @%username% on %date%

%body%