How To Candy Real Rose Petals - Or Can I?

Decorating By jenng1482 Updated 25 May 2009 , 12:23am by PinkZiab

jenng1482 Posted 24 May 2009 , 10:23pm
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HI everyone! I am making a birthday cake for my Grandma's 75th. I just had to dismantle a beautiful bouquet of flowers i received this week because some of them were looking pretty sad. The rose petals still have great color and are very flexible. Can i candy these to use on the cake? Thanks for your help

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bisbqueenb Posted 24 May 2009 , 10:34pm
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You could candy them and put them around the cake as decoration [ not to touch the cake ], but depending WHERE they came from and WHAT kind of pesticides they might have on them....unless you know for sure I would not put them ON the cake or eat them!

vicky Posted 25 May 2009 , 12:05am
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Personally, I wouldn't use real flowers on a cake unless I knew there was no chemical or pesticides on them. Good luck

CanadianCakin Posted 25 May 2009 , 12:18am
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When I candied flowers for my wedding cake I brushed them with egg white, sprinkled sugar on them (quite a bit) shook of the excess then let them dry.
But don't worry I used flowers and ivy I had grown myself!

HTH
Ashley

PinkZiab Posted 25 May 2009 , 12:23am
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As Ashyley said, you simply brush with egg whites and sprinkle with sugar (superfine sugar looks especially nice) and let them dry. But also as they others have said, I would NOT use the bouquet you have. You must only use roses that you KNOW have not been treated with any pesticides/chemicals. Roses are edible, but they should be purchased specifically for that purposes. Most restaurants and bakeries that serve edible flowers as garnish or candied/sugared for decoration get them from their food/produce purveyors because they are grown specifically for consumption.

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