Wedding cake flowers:
Wedding cake flowers have come a long way from soft, ultra-sugary icing confections in either white, yellow or red that are often too sweet to eat. Bakeries and clever pastry chefs can create stunning wedding cake flowers - or even an entire cake shaped like a floral arrangement. But wedding cake flowers aren't all man (or woman) made: real flowers have become very popular choices for wedding cake flowers.
Wedding cake flowers - fresh flowers
Fresh flowers can be a beautiful and elegant choice for wedding cake flowers - and they might even save you some money, since fresh flowers can be less expensive than labor-intensive bakery-created wedding cake flowers and decorations. Some brides include fresh wedding cake flowers that match the blooms in their bridal bouquets. Or you can choose wedding cake flowers that go with the reception's overall color scheme. There are also some fresh flowers whose petals are edible, which makes these an especially appealing selection as wedding cake flowers.
When selecting fresh wedding cake flowers, whether edible or not, it's vitally important to make sure that any flowers that touch the wedding cake are free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Also, there are some flowers which are commonly used at weddings that are naturally toxic and should not be used as wedding cake flowers. These include daffodils, calla lilies, lilies-of-the-valley, azaleas, poinsettias, birds of paradise, tulips, jasmine and hyacinths.
There are special holders for wedding cake flowers that prevent the stems from direct contact with the cake - but to be on the safe side, when selecting fresh wedding cake flowers, use varieties that are known to be toxin-free, such as orchids, roses, pansies, snapdragons, daisies and petunias. Consult with the wedding florist for other options as well or use silk flowers on the cake, which sometimes looks just like the real thing.
Wedding cake flowers - edible flowers
The petals on some fresh wedding cake flowers - roses, pansies, violets, nasturtiums, snapdragons and others - are edible and can be included as lovely and tasty ornamental accents when serving cake slices to the guests. As part of the decoration process, bakers often crystallize these edible wedding cake flowers with sugar, which makes them stiff and sparkly.
Wedding cake flowers can be used in a number of stylish ways. They're sometimes arranged just on the top of the cake, clustered close together and covering the entire top surface like a flowery crown. With tiered cakes, wedding cake flowers often fill the spaces in between each tier and/or ring around the cake at the bottom - if there's a contrast in colors between the two, like a white wedding cake and deep red roses, this can create a stunning and dramatic effect. Additional matching flowers or petals can be used to decorate the cake table. Another striking way to use wedding cake flowers is to drape them in cascading fashion around the sides of the cake from top to bottom. Using the right combination of colorful blooms, this creates such an artful display there's no need for any other decorations except a well-chosen complementary cake topper.