Real Flowers on Cake?

So we've been planning on putting real roses on our cake as decoration - I have seen so many pictures of this. Yesterday we went to book a new florist (whole nother story) and he said that he advises against this because you never know where the flowers have been and if they might have any sort of tiny creatures living on them that might contaminate the cake. I get what he's saying, but the other florists I have seen have no qualms about this.


Advice, please!

Posted on May 22, 2010 at 4:31 am
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I prefer edible flowers made from fondant or sugar.  They are just as pretty and much safer. 

Posted on May 22, 2010 at 4:37 am
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Here is my cake. We are using real roses. My baker is using floral foam in between the tiers in order to secure the roses and keep them separate from the cake. What time of design do you want with the flowers?


Here is my cake photo 1819933-1

Posted on May 22, 2010 at 4:39 am
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There's also natural touch flowers - they look and feel real - but of course they're fake.  You can go to Hobby Lobby to touch them and get a sample.  But here's my favorite site for ideas (www.wedideas.com).


They can make some REALLY pretty edible flowers as well.  But the last wedding I attended had real flowers on the cake the couple bought from Walgreens and it was fine! 

Posted on May 22, 2010 at 4:44 am
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oh wow, rivera, that's so pretty! I don't think that we are going to seprate the tiers of our cake like that. I just wanted a few circus roses here and there on the cake to give it some color.

Posted on May 22, 2010 at 4:45 am
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Parker, what a great website! I haven't even considered using fake flowers. Thank you for that idea, I think we might just do that.

Posted on May 22, 2010 at 4:48 am
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Yeah, I think the edible are the best way to go cause you can eat them and there's no waste !!! :)  I definitely agree that you should be careful about real flowers, there are not only litle bugs or whatever that could be on them but pesticides and things like that. I would totally trust that florist because your health was more important to him than making a buck off of you. I'm not saying you definitely would get sick but I feel like another girl mentioned this same thing a bit ago and knows people who did, just something to be aware of, ya know!

Posted on May 22, 2010 at 5:13 am
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It's all about how you add them to the cake.

Posted on May 22, 2010 at 5:16 am
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We're using gum paste roses.. they look most real and are guaranteed not to wilt or have insects! lol


 

Posted on May 22, 2010 at 5:39 am
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My planner asked me to PLEASE not use real flowers. She has seen cakes covered in bugs (think ANTS!!), ppl getting sick from the pestisides and colour from the flowers bleeding onto the cake. Also think about ppl who are allergic to pollen, and all the pollen spores that will end up on the cake. I wanted real roses and callas on my cake, but im not looking into the real touch ones. Photobucket

Posted on May 22, 2010 at 5:45 am
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If I decide to put roses on mine, they'll be natural touch.

Posted on May 22, 2010 at 5:49 am
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I'm using real roses.   And I would hope my florist washes those flowers really well!

Posted on May 22, 2010 at 5:49 am
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We had real flowers on our cake.  Our florist cleaned each flower, specifically for the cake, and then wrapped each one in floral tape (the stem).


WAAAAY cheaper than sugar flowers. . .it can be done :)


We had real flowers photo 1820081-1


We even had pine cones and sticks on our cake!  Our florist and baker worked together to make sure that everything was clean.  Real touch or sugar flowers just didn't fit in with our natural mountain theme.

Posted on May 22, 2010 at 5:58 am
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wow, I never thought about that. Good to know..

Posted on May 22, 2010 at 6:04 am
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Thanks for all the advice and ideas. I didn't even think about the people who might be allergic to pollen! Yikes. I dont want to use sugar flowers because they are more money, so I might just go with the fakes. Unless the baker gives me some insane deal, that's probably the way to go. This florist was just really against doing real flowers on the cake. I'll just ask him for petals to put around it then :)

Posted on May 22, 2010 at 6:19 am
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We had real flowers on the top...they seem like they were directly on the cake...and flowers made of fondant on the rest...I did think of the fact that some flowers were poisonous, but not about bugs... I'm glad I didn't read this then! :)  It worked out well though.  I love sugar flowers, but they can be expensive.  They are gorgeous though!  One thing--no matter which kind you use...fondant or sugar flowers may technically be edible..but most people don't eat them, they don't taste good.


 


We had real flowers photo 1821081-1


 


 

Posted on May 22, 2010 at 2:58 pm

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