Flowers On Cake

Decorating By k_mun Updated 19 Aug 2010 , 4:01pm by k_mun

k_mun Posted 18 Aug 2010 , 7:40pm
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I am baking a wedding cake that is going to have white hydrangeas sitting on a few of the tiers and a bunch of them on the top.
I told the bride I would do it, since I didn't want anyone messing with the cake....but I have never stuck flowers into a cake.
These are not organic flowers. Do I just stick the stems deep into the cake? Or, should I just lay them down? Laying them probably wouldn't work because there is only about an inch of free space on each tier, except the top tier.


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peg818 Posted 18 Aug 2010 , 8:10pm
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Well, i would look up those flowers, i'm pretty sure live hydrangeas are poisonous.

Further more you don't want to stick bare stems into your cake, what you would want to do is wrap the stems with floral tape then insert in to a flower pick or at the very least a drinking straw.

But first you MUST make sure those flowers are not poisonous!!

sandy1 Posted 18 Aug 2010 , 8:17pm
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Don't place fresth Hydrangeas on the cake, they are poisonous. I would use silk flowers if the bride wants the Hydrangeas. I got this information from a web site.

Hydrangeas- These beautiful flowers grow on bushes. When the perennial bush blooms these gigantic flower heads cover almost the entire plant. Hydrangeas range in color; shades of blue, pink, and green are common. An interesting thing about these flowers is they can start out one color and change into another color as they age. They can also change color due to the climate.

Both the bulb and leaves of these flowers are poisonous. Common aliments if this flower is ingested include vomiting, abominable pains, diarrhea, and skin rashes. More serious cases have been reported where a person becomes lethargic and ends up in a coma. Thankfully these occurrences are rare.

mmgiles Posted 18 Aug 2010 , 8:20pm
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Since they are poisonous I would suggest silk or gumpaste instead.

If it had been another typoe of flower, I would suggest using a straw that's a little longer than the stem.

mmdiez10 Posted 18 Aug 2010 , 8:24pm
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Depending on your time frame, I would make the hydrangeas out of gumpaste. They are so easy to make using a cutter/veiner set. Otherwise, if the client insists on real flowers, make her aware of the dangers of the flowers being in contact with the cake. Then you should use a flower pick to insert the stems into. Good luck, they are beautiful flowers.

sandy1 Posted 18 Aug 2010 , 8:31pm
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Here is a list I got from a web site:

Tombis conclusion is fresh flowers are more trouble than they are worth. Do we really want fresh flowers on cakes? The answer is a firm NO

Flowers list in alphabetical order using their common names. I have placed an asterisk next to some of the more highly toxic plants.

Not all parts of these plants are necessarily poisonous, but as we are talking about putting them on food I have erred on the side of caution. I was interested to see that apple seeds are considered poisonous, and in the Canadian list Chives were listed as being poisonous.!

Amaryllis (Amaryllis belladonna, Amaryllis vittata)
Angels Trumpet (Datura innoxia)
Anthurium, Flamingo lily (Anthurium andraeanum)
Arum lilies, Calla Lilies, Lords-and ladies) (Zantedeschia, calla palustris)
Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnalle)
Azaleas (Rhododendron)
Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia)
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia serotina)
Bleeding heart (Dicentra, Dicentra Formosa)
Bluebell (Hyacinthoides nonscripta)
Burning-bush (Euonymus atropurpureus)
Caladium (Caladium bicolour)
Chincherinchee (Ornithogalum)
Christmas rose (Helleborous niger)
Christmas cherry (Solanum)
Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum indicum)
Clivia (Clivia miniata)
Cobra lily (Arisaema)
Common vetch (Vicia salvia)
Corncockle (Agrostemma gitbago)
Corn poppy (Papaver rhoeas)
Crocus (Colchicum)
Daffodil, Jonquil (Narcissus)
Daphne (Daphne)
Dragon Arum (Dracunculus)
Flame Lily (Gloriosa superba)*
Fly honeysuckle (Lonicera xylosteum Lonicera tatarica)
Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
Goldenchain tree (Laburnum)
Golden Trumpet (Allamanda cathartica)
Guelder-rose (Viburnum opulus)
Hardy Passionflower (Passiflora caerulea)
Holly Berry (Hex)
Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
Hoya (Hoya australis)
Hyacinth (Hyacinthus)
Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)
Iceland Poppy (Papaver nudicaule)
Iris (Iris)
Ivy (Hedera helix)
Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)
Larkspur (Consolida ambigua)
Lenten Rose (Helleborous)
Leopard lily (Dieffenbachia)
Lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria majalis)
Lily family ( Too many to list, most lilies are potentially poisonous)
Lupins (Lupinus)
Marsh Marigold
Mistletoe (Phoradendron serotinum)
Monkshood (Aconitum napellus)*
Morning glory (Ipomea violacea, tricolour)
Narcissus (Narcissus)
Night Blooming jasmine
Oak (Quaercus)
Oleander (Nerinum oleander)
Opium poppy (Papaver somniferum)
Oriental poppy (Papaver orientale)
Peace lily (Spathiphyllum)
Peruvian lily (Alstroemeria ligtu)
Primula (Primula obconica)
Rue (Ruta graveolens)
Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis)
Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)
Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum)
St. Johns Wort, Hypericum (Hypericum)
Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus)
Sun flower (Helianthus annuus)
Tobacco plant (Nicotina)
Tulip (Tulipa gesneriana)
Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)
Weeping fig (Ficus)
Wisteria (Wisteria floribunda)

Low Toxicity

African violet (Saintpaulia ionantha)
Busy lizzie (Impatiens)
Chinese lantern (Physalis alkekengi)
Grape Hyacinth
Honesty (Lunaria annua)
Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulchirrima)
Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis)
Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum)
St. Johns Wort, Hypericum (Hypericum)
Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus)
Sun flower (Helianthus annuus)
Tobacco plant (Nicotina)
Tulip (Tulipa gesneriana)
Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)
Weeping fig (Ficus)
Wisteria (Wisteria floribunda)

khoudek Posted 18 Aug 2010 , 10:47pm
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Do not use fresh hydrangea on cake. They are poisonous. All part of them.

k_mun Posted 19 Aug 2010 , 4:01pm
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Boy, am I glad I posted this query! I was almost not going to.
I'll try to talk the bride out of the hydrangeas or discuss an alternative with her.

Thanks, all!

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