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Fresh flowers are a simple and elegant way to dress up a plain cake. Take your cake to the next level with this tutorial on how to add fresh flowers to a cake.
The first thing to think about is what kind of flowers to use. I found this guide on Pinterest to help me pick out the flowers. Don’t want to put anything poisonous on a cake! I picked up some light pink spray roses in the floral department at my local grocery store and then cut few dark pink roses from my own rose bush. I have no idea how I still keep this bush alive ’cause this girl’s got brown thumbs. Your local florist may have some of the other flowers on the guide but I wanted to accomplish this with something easy to pick up.
Before using the flowers, I carefully rinsed them off, including the leaves, cut the stems down to about 3 inches or so then laid them out to dry on a paper towel. When they were mostly dry, I put them in some water and keep them in the fridge until I was ready to use them. I wrapped several rubber bands around a small container filled with water to hold the shortened stems up. For the greenery, I just wrapped them in a damp paper towel. Once you add flowers to the cake they will no longer be in water and will start to wilt so think about the timing. Because I was traveling with mine, I actually decorated it in advance, snapped a pic for reference, then removed everything and placed the flowers back into the water and then the fridge until go time, then redecorated it when I arrived. Probably not necessary but it put my mind at ease.
There are many ways to actually put flowers into the cake. I chose to use straws inserted into the cake and then put the stems of the flowers into the straws. I used some smoothie straws that are a little bigger than regular ones but regular straws will work too.
Here is what you will need to add fresh flowers to a cake:
- flowers and greenery rinsed and trimmed (See guide here to make sure you choose flowers that won’t be harmful.)
- cake of your choice (I used this cake here.)
- smoothie straws
Decide where you want to place your flowers. I chose to have them start on the edge and cascade down the side. Cut several straws in half and some a little less than half to go into the side. Stick the first straw in at your starting place, gather a small bunch of flowers together, and insert the stems into the straw. You could take an extra step and wrap them with floral tape before sticking them into the straw but my flowers were so small they worked just fine without it. Don’t use the greenery just yet.
Continue to stick the straws and flowers into the cake. Step back and look at the cake after a few bunches. Make sure the straws are hidden and that there are no major empty spots.
Insert more flowers where they are needed. If using spray roses, the tiny buds help with this. When the cake is filled to your liking, add a few sprigs of greenery randomly throughout.
To take the cake one step further, I added some pink meringue cookies around the edge and down the side. To adhere them to the cake, I used a little dab of the left over icing on the bottom of the meringue and stuck it to the cake. They are super easy to mix up. The recipe is below. You can skip this step or find some that are ready-made.
Meringues or not you will have an awesome cake topped with fresh flowers. Now go pick up a bunch and get your cake on!