Unique Cake Decorating With Flowers

Flowers as a Cake Decoration, unique and easy to place on every one of your cake creations.

Flowers, both real and artificial are relatively simple to use. Read through this article to get some great tips and ideas on using real and/or artificial flowers on your cakes.

Section 1: Artificial Flowers
Section 2: Real Flowers
Section 3: Sugar Glazing Flowers

1. Artificial Flowers

Step 1: Cut the stems from the flowers, approximately 1 ˝ inches from the base of the flowers and leaves.

Step 2: Cut a piece of floral wire at least 4 inch. (If you buy the pre-cut ones, typically they are 6 inches which is fine.)

Step 3: Use floral tape to secure the flower to the new stem.

Step 4: After you have done this to all of the flowers and leaves, place them all together and use floral tape to secure them in any order you would like. (Tip: Do not place floral tape all the way down the stems. Only place enough to secure the flowers, making sure that the individual wires do not come out of the tape.

Step 5: Bend the stems carefully using the flower head between your thumb and index finger. Once you have each flower where you want it, cut the excess stems off of the flowers holding onto the floral tape and not the flowers.

2. Real Flowers

Real flowers can be place directly on the cake you have prepared or you can follow the instructions above to add movable stems to them.

Tips for purchasing real flowers:

Tip 1: Make sure you are using an edible flower unless your cake is for show.

Here is a website that has a complete list of edible flowers: http://homecooking.about.com/library/weekly/blflowers.htm.

Tip 2: Make sure that the flowers do not have pesticides on them. You can do this by picking them out of your own yard or just ask the florist that you are purchasing them from. Typically florists have sets of flowers that have never been treated for pesticides.

Tip 3: Make sure you freeze your flowers and apply them to the cake directly before serving or showing it. If you are adding stems, add them as soon as you get the flowers, place them in baggies or an airtight container and freeze them until you are ready to put them on the cake.

3. Sugar Glazing Flowers

Step 1: Fill one bowl with a gently beaten egg white and put some regular sugar in a second bowl.

Step 2: Cut the stems on the flowers or fruits leaving only enough to hold onto with your thumb and forefinger. (Tip: Make sure you are using an edible flower for this.)

Step 3: Coat the fruits or flowers you are sugaring using a pastry brush lightly with the egg white. Make sure you get all parts of the flower or fruit.

Step 4: Using a spoon, sprinkle sugar all over the flowers or fruits. Make sure you cover all parts of the flowers or fruits.

Step 5: Place on a paper towel to dry. This typically, takes a few hours. After they are dry add them to your cake.

You can be as creative as you like with flowers on cakes, they make for a beautiful and unique decoration!

Paula Wilkinson is the author of Cake Decorating Secrets. Cake Decorating Secrets presents and answers numerous problems and issues in everyday cake decorating, as well as provides unique advice and tips. You can visit her website at http://www.cakedecorating101.com

In The News:


13 Simple Cooking Tips That Anyone Can Use
Business Insider
Cooking is a skill, which means that the more you practice, the better you become. And with practice comes knowledge about what to do when certain problems — rock-hard brown sugar, shells in the egg yolk, boiling-over pots of water — arise. These are ...

and more »

Alie & Georgia: 5 Must-Know Tips for Campfire Cooking
PEOPLE Great Ideas
Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark, a.k.a. Alie & Georgia, host Cooking Channel food-travel series Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia. Visit PEOPLE.com every Thursday for their playful spins on celebrity recipes, cocktails, entertaining ideas—and, of ...


One Green Planet

7 Tips for Cooking Vegetables So That They Taste Delicious
One Green Planet
Everyone knows we have to eat lots of vegetables because they are healthy, loaded with vitamins and minerals and good for our bodies. The truth is that we also need to nourish our appetites, taste buds and minds. If we don't like the way vegetables ...


Tips to cooking the perfect bratwurst
9NEWS.com
That's why the crew from Polidori stopped by 9NEWS Saturday morning to talk about the best recipes and perfect grilling tips. Bratwurst Cooking tips: Here are a few simple tricks and some masterful techniques that will help grillers create brats that ...


Cooking tips shared in UT Extension classes
Jackson Sun
During each class, Croom said she will provide simple, healthy recipes that anyone can make — even people who do not enjoy cooking. She made blueberry smoothies for attendees during the classes held Aug. 5 and 6, and she said she plans to make chili, ...


Eat. Drink. Better.

26 DIY Kitchen and Cooking Tips to Save Time and Money
Eat. Drink. Better.
Have you been wanting to eat more whole, healthy food but think it's too expensive or time-consuming? Here are a ton of DIY kitchen and cooking tips to help you out! Cooking from scratch and creating a healthy kitchen doesn't have to mean giving up ...


Mother Nature Network (blog)

Campfire cooking tips for your next outdoor adventure
Mother Nature Network (blog)
Cooking over an open flame will likely just burn your food on the outside and leave the inside uncooked because the heat isn't consistent. Instead, cook over the glowing embers. If you need fire for warmth, keep the fire going on one side of your fire ...


Blogger offers tips for campfire cooking
Appleton Post Crescent
Nothing beats the warmth and comfort of sitting around a campfire at dusk, as the wilderness behind you slowly disappears and the flames bring a gentle and flickering light to the darkness. Whether you are enjoying this outdoor tradition with your ...


Thai Chef at New Elmhurst Restaurant Got Cooking Tips from 'Soup Nazi'
DNAinfo
Phimpoy's most popular dishes are the pla nueng manan, a steamed fish dish, and her list of soups, which she cooks for hours — a tip she learned from Al Yeganeh, made famous in the Soup Nazi parody on "Seinfeld." Their Manhattan restaurants were ...


Fox News

10 tips for the perfect baby back ribs
Fox News
While many people, especially restaurants, will leave this one, it's rather tough and will make the ribs chewy when cooked. To remove, simple take a butter knife and insert it between the bone and membrane in one corner of the rack of ribs, use your ...

Google News

Substitutions for Commonly Called for Ingredients

What should you do if you are in the middle... Read More

10 Simple Ways To Safely Store Food

Storing foods can present its own set of problems. And... Read More

10 Wide Open Tips For Food Safety In The Great Outdoors

Hiking, camping, and boating are good activities for active people... Read More

Compact Refrigerators Are Great When Small Is Needed

The small refrigerator can be used in many places that... Read More

10 Convenient Ways To Eliminate Food Poisoning With Your Microwave

Microwave ovens can play an important role at mealtime, but... Read More

Family Meal Planning Made Easy

As moms, we have hectic lives. Whether we work out... Read More

10 Critical Ways To A Perfectly Food-Safe Kitchen

Food poisoning is related to unsafe food, a dirty kitchen,... Read More

What is Gluten and Why does it Matter?

Gluten is a substance made up of the proteins found... Read More

How to Make Sandwich Rolls with Your Bread Machine

For that next picnic or family outing, consider making sandwich... Read More

Picnic Tips and Tricks

The most difficult task of a picnic is remembering everything.... Read More

Baking Bread and Your Freezer

There's a lot of bread in our freezer. In our... Read More

Baking Perfect Breads, Cookies, and Desserts

We're all looking for that perfect pie, or cookies, or... Read More

The Almighty Beer-Can Chicken

A popular method of cooking chicken in recent years both... Read More

10 Smart Shopping Tips To Protect Your Family From Getting Sick

Prevention of food poisoning starts with your trip to the... Read More

Two for One Dinners: Beef

If you find leftovers boring, uninviting or downright "yuck," then... Read More

Outdoor Chefs Choose Gas Grills

How many of you remember dad trying to get the... Read More

Ten Proven Tips to Buy the Best Meat Available

Ten Proven Tips to buy the Best Meat AvailableAs you... Read More

Digital Thermometers

Types of digital thermometers & their culinary uses.Thermocouple:Of all food... Read More

Prepare the Best Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Would you like to prepare the best Garlic Mashed Potatoes... Read More

10 Smoky Tips To BBQ Food Safely

Cooking outdoors was once only a summer activity shared with... Read More

All About Baking: Quick Breads

The Versatile Quick BreadIt's no wonder quick breads are so... Read More

Food Poisoning--An Overview

What is Food Poisoning?Food poisoning results when you eat food... Read More

Peppercorns & Ways To Use Them

New and exciting varieties of peppercorns are becoming available to... Read More

Grilling Vs. Barbecue

Grilling and Barbecuing, two of the most popular cooking methods... Read More

Perfect Picnics - Frugal Food Safety Tips

Summer is finally here and for a lot of us... Read More