Plastic Flowers????

Decorating By Yankie Updated 20 May 2009 , 3:34am by jammjenks

Yankie Posted 19 May 2009 , 1:58am
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I was wondering if anyone has ever used plastic flower to decorate a cake. I know that Michaels sells them and they look real. I know that the dye may be a problem, but I was told to dip them in water to make sure they the dye does not bleed.. Any suggestions

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mbt4955 Posted 19 May 2009 , 2:34am
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I haven't ever used plastic flowers. If you think that they look real, then they probably do. I would want to check and make sure that they are food safe. You certainly don't want to use something that might make people sick.

jammjenks Posted 19 May 2009 , 2:39am
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Do you mean silk flowers with plastic coated wire stems? If so, I have used them many times.

sharon1800 Posted 19 May 2009 , 2:40am
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I would not use plastic flowers. I have not used them, but have seen them used on a cake and it looked kinda cheesy and cheap.
Are real flowers out of the question?

Yankie Posted 19 May 2009 , 2:42am
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Jammjenks,

yes the silk flowers, I was talking to one of the workers and she said that there are people that buy them to decorate the cakes. Sometimes because the customer does not want to pay for real flowers. Basically trying to keep the cake at a lower price. She mentioned that the silk flowers don't bleed. So I was just wondering if this is something that customers ask for.

Vylette Posted 19 May 2009 , 2:48am
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If given my druthers, Id always go with fresh flowers or gumpaste. Having said that, I have used silk flowers. The customer gets what the customer wants, right?
Just uploaded a pic in my photos of a huge wedding cake decorated with silks the bride specifically asked for so they would match the rest of the arrangments on the tables.

jammjenks Posted 19 May 2009 , 3:02am
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Here are a few I've done using them:
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Yankie Posted 19 May 2009 , 3:28am
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WOW!!!!!!!!
These cakes are beautiful... I will consider using them in the future. The roses look so real....and the flowers don't bleed at all, right?

jammjenks Posted 19 May 2009 , 1:50pm
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Originally Posted by Jofy

WOW!!!!!!!!
These cakes are beautiful... I will consider using them in the future. The roses look so real....and the flowers don't bleed at all, right?




I've only had bleeding one time. The flowers were roses and had netting mingled in with the rose petals and the netting bled a little. I was able to arrange them so that no netting touched icing and all was well. Other than that, I've never had a problem and have never put them in water to ensure colorfastness (is that a word?).

bebea Posted 19 May 2009 , 2:00pm
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i have used them tons of times. great to get that exact 'look'. i just wipe the stems w/ a damp, soapy rag, and again w/ a damp, plain water rag to be sure they are clean.

Jannie92869 Posted 19 May 2009 , 5:05pm
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Ok, the idea is to make sure nothing is touching the actual cake? Do you wrap the ends in plastic wrap? Or how do you apply?
Thanks

jammjenks Posted 19 May 2009 , 5:49pm
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No wrapping here. The stem goes directly into the cake and the fabric part usually touches the icing.

Peridot Posted 19 May 2009 , 9:00pm
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jammjenks

Your cakes are BEAUTIFUL! Makes me wonder why I spend all that time and money on gum paste!!

jammjenks Posted 20 May 2009 , 2:54am
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Originally Posted by Peridot

jammjenks

Your cakes are BEAUTIFUL! Makes me wonder why I spend all that time and money on gum paste!!




I would absolutely LOVE to do intricate gumpaste flowers. One day I'll break down and learn. People around me don't care either way, so I take the easier (for me) and cheaper (for them) way out for now. Lazy? Maybe. Oh well..... thumbs_up.gif

Normita Posted 20 May 2009 , 3:01am
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Originally Posted by jammjenks

No wrapping here. The stem goes directly into the cake and the fabric part usually touches the icing.




Just so I can understand....you use silk flowers like the ones found at Michaels and you insert them directly into the cake stem and all...and you do not cover the stem with anything?? I didnt think this was safe and possible, I thought you had to wrap them or coat them with chocolate? This is cool to know, my gumpaste flowers are kinda sucky right now...havent had time to practice, so silk flowers it is icon_smile.gif

jammjenks Posted 20 May 2009 , 3:05am
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Originally Posted by Normita

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Originally Posted by jammjenks

No wrapping here. The stem goes directly into the cake and the fabric part usually touches the icing.



Just so I can understand....you use silk flowers like the ones found at Michaels and you insert them directly into the cake stem and all...and you do not cover the stem with anything?? I didnt think this was safe and possible, I thought you had to wrap them or coat them with chocolate? This is cool to know, my gumpaste flowers are kinda sucky right now...havent had time to practice, so silk flowers it is icon_smile.gif




That's how I do it. I wash the stems the best I can, then into the cake they go.

Cakeonista Posted 20 May 2009 , 3:06am
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These cakes are gorgeous! I have a dilemma for a cake for this week-end with hydrangeas on it. I am going to use silk ones after reading this forum, I think the girl will love her cake. I tried making them from gumpaste but did not have the right cutter and it was too late to order it. I'll post pics when I'm done with it.

icer101 Posted 20 May 2009 , 3:14am
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jammjenks, your cakes are beautiful.. nothing cheap or cheesy about these.. thanks for showing how beautiful cakes can be using silk flowers.. i have used them before also.. mine didn,t look cheap or cheesy either...

jammjenks Posted 20 May 2009 , 3:34am
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Thanks guys. I didn't mean to take over the thread with all the pictures and now several posts here, but I wanted to show that it will be fine and not look cheezy. Fake flowers have come a long way and some of them look just as real as fresh flowers. I love the look of fresh flowers, but they can be messy and some are dangerous. I love sugar flowers, but haven't learned many of them yet. Heck...when it comes to cake, I darn near like it all!

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