My cousin wants Tulips on her wedding cake and her florist said that you can't put them on a cake it would make everyone sick. I'm doing a fondant covered cake and I was planning to use flower holder/picks in the cake so they wouldn't really be touching the cake... I thought it would be ok but I don't know. Has anyone ever used real tulips on a cake? I was going to tell her just to buy some fake ones because I'm not making sugar ones... I havent even tried yet and the cake is a gift (even though she asked me and I didn't offer ). Please let me know if you think its ok or if we should do fake... Thanks!
The stamens tend to hold a lot of pollen which can shake off onto the cake. It would be much safer to use gumpaste tulips. It sounds like it' going to be so pretty!
Tulips aren't toxic, but gumpaste is a better bet. They're not hard to make in gumpaste.
I just looked up tulips and toxicity because I remember working with a horticulturalist when I managed a greenhouse that told me how he survived during world war 2 (He was an immigrant from Holland who was in his 80's when I worked with him) by eating tulip bulbs.
There is toxicity information stating that tulips are poisonus if ingested or rubbed on the skin (contact dermatitis) however the severity states this:
CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN. SKIN IRRITATION MINOR, OR LASTING ONLY FOR A FEW MINUTES.
Now of course that does mean that there is a possibility that if put on a cake that they could cause some harm. I would tell her to go buy some nice silk ones. The spring florals are just out now and if she goes sooner rather than later she should be able to find some really nice silks.
Tulips can be made out of gumpaste but I wouldn't do it unless you want to because they will be time consuming to make.
I vote for her supplying you with silk ones that she likes.
Thanks so much! I'm probably going to tell her to go get silk ones (that way they match her bouquet colors) but I would LOVE to know how to make the gum paste ones so thanks for the tutorial. I love CC!!