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Real flowers on cakes?

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
I have some questions about real flowers on cakes.

Do the stems have to be in some kind of a holder or protected from the cake?
Does anyone have a list of flowers that are useable - don't want poisonous flowers on the cake.

What's the deal with Hydrangeas? I heard they are poisonous and shouldn't be used on cakes but I see pictures all the time with them on a cake.

Thanks
post #2 of 5
Here is a link to a list of edible flowers. I have used carnations and roses on cakes before with no problems. You can find flower stakes that you push into the cake and then put the flowers in them (like mini vases) If the cake will sit out for a while, you can also add some drops of water into the stake to keep the flowers fresh.

I use only edible flowers when using real flowers just to be safe. If it touches the cake anywhere, the flower itself should be edible as well.

I usually will make a small flower bunch and use a bit of floral tape to hold them together, wrap the stems with a bit of saran wrap (since the stems are not edible) and then put them in the flower stake- just because I"m overly cautious incase a stem starts to lean and ends up touching the cake.

But that's it.

http://homecooking.about.com/library/weekly/blflowers.htm

there is also a link to poisonous flowers on this page. Hyrangeas are poisonous and I wouldn't use them. In the pictures they could be gumpaste or sugar flowers that you are seeing.

I'll try to get my photos of my cakes with real flowers into my profile later today.
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post #3 of 5
Here is a link to a list of edible flowers. I have used carnations and roses on cakes before with no problems. You can find flower stakes that you push into the cake and then put the flowers in them (like mini vases) If the cake will sit out for a while, you can also add some drops of water into the stake to keep the flowers fresh.

I use only edible flowers when using real flowers just to be safe. If it touches the cake anywhere, the flower itself should be edible as well.

I usually will make a small flower bunch and use a bit of floral tape to hold them together, wrap the stems with a bit of saran wrap (since the stems are not edible) and then put them in the flower stake- just because I"m overly cautious incase a stem starts to lean and ends up touching the cake.

But that's it.

http://homecooking.about.com/library/weekly/blflowers.htm

there is also a link to poisonous flowers on this page. Hyrangeas are poisonous and I wouldn't use them. In the pictures they could be gumpaste or sugar flowers that you are seeing.

I'll try to get my photos of my cakes with real flowers into my profile later today.
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post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the links. I appreciate it.
post #5 of 5
I met a florist who didn't know hydrangeas were a toxic flower, so some of the pics you see may have had the flowers added by the florist after the cake was dropped off.
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