I have a friend that is wanting me to do her wedding cake. She is wanting REAL orchids cascading down her cake. I am doing my best to talk her out of doing real flowers. I am not wanting to deal with the chemicals the flowers are sometimes are treated with to kill off bugs. I know I can get with the florist for organic flowers, but I am still not wanting to take the chance.
I did a minature cake of what she is wanting. Can you please take a look in my photos and tell me what you think. This was a quick cake. The icing is not as smooth as I will normally would like it. But I was wanting to show her what silk flowers can look like. It is the mint green with orchids round cake.
In my experience, when I bride has her heart set on something, you'll be hard-pressed to change it. That said, I rarely use fresh flowers in my designs, and I will ONLY use flowers that are considered edible and are grown for consumption (not just "organic," but actually raised for consumption--you normally get these through your produce purveyor). Most orchids are edible, so it can be done.
I say show her the pic and see what she says... there's really no way for us to know what she'll go for... but it doesn't hurt to try.
I am with Pink...if the bride wants something I would do it. I do not do this for a living and have never done a wedding cake but I would say do what she wants within reason. Plenty of wedding cakes have real flowers on them and they are safe.
I would hate for you do the cake with the silk and then have a bridezilla story posted on here after the wedding.
Good luck and let us know what you end up doing.
i think the silk looks pretty, but its her decision!
The silk ones really are nice.
Silk flowers also have chemicals not only used in the process of making them but also applied afterward to help with color retention, and also to repel bugs during storage and shipping. If she's set on using real ones, let her contact the florist for them. If unable to find pesticide free ones (whether real or silk) protect the area of the cake where they'll rest.
It's a cute cake! Good luck!
i agree with the others. It's her day and her cake.
You've advised her of the potential risks and that's the best you can do. Plenty of cakes have real flowers on them. If you don't feel comfortable using them, have her contract with the florist and you can be available to decorate and apply them to the cake.
As PinkZiab points out, there are edible orchids (orchids are, after all, the source of real vanilla!) and I would just make sure to use that kind.
Sounds like all4cake had the best ideas. Although the silk is beautiful, if she doesn't want to use them, she should take the responsibilty of getting those that are totally safe, and release you from any liability.
Yeah I always have the bride be responsible for getting fresh cake flowers from a florist or whatever. I will put them on the cake when setting up but I never buy the fresh flowers.
Thank you everyone for the advice!!