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Decorating Cakes With Edible Petals

You may recognise the gorgeous cakes in this post from our Instagram feed…When the lovely Bee from Bee’s Bakery joined our Love Lust List, we shared an image of one of her cakes, and it was one of our most liked photos ever. Yes – EVER!!

And we can totally see why – Bee’s cakes not only look really pretty and oh so delicate, but they also look deliciously mouth watering too. Given that it was so popular, and lots of Brides are making their own wedding cakes these days, we asked Bee for her top tips for decorating with edible petals – just in case any of you fancy giving it a go, or if you’d like to ask your cake baker to recreate the look.

Using Petals To Decorate Cakes

Bee The Baker: Using beautiful, delicate flowers to decorate wedding cakes is a timeless technique but did you know that most florist grade flowers aren’t suitable to eat? Luckily, there are plenty of edible petal varieties available – such as those used on the beautiful cakes you see in this post.

The possibilities for decorating wedding and celebration cakes with edible petals are endless, as so many different shapes, sizes and colours are available, particularly in the summer months. From large classic rose petals available in deep red through to ivory and pale yellow, to gorgeous little cornflowers in blue and pink – edible petals are available in all the colours of the rainbow, and they’re very cost effective compared to sugar flower decorations.

Bee’s Top Tips

Choose your petals carefully – Blooms from florists, even if taken from edible species of flowers, are generally not safe for human consumption, as they’ll often have been sprayed with pesticides and fertilisers – even if you rinse them in water, they’re still not safe to eat, and the last thing you want is a dicky tummy on your wedding day!

Buy your petals from a certified organic grower in your county – This ensures that they are safe to eat – they’ll have been grown in real soil without pesticides or fertilisers, neither of which are safe to eat. We source our flowers from Maddocks Farm Organics, an award winning grower in Devon.

Plan ahead – Talk to your grower about which flowers will be in season on your wedding day – this’ll make sure your flowers are the perkiest, brightest and most beautiful ones possible.

Plan out how your cake will be decorated – Edible flower petals should be added to your cake at the last possible moment, as they’ll wilt after a while at room temperature, especially if it’s a warm sunny day. Store your petals in an airtight container in the fridge until you need them – they’ll be at their perkiest this way. Think about petal colours and shapes that will compliment the other flowers you’re having. Whilst you don’t want to be too “matchy matchy”, having some common colours/shapes can be really complimentary.

Don’t use the stems – Only the buds and petals. Avoid pushing the stems of your blooms into the cake – as the flowers will have been stored in a (non food safe) bucket of water during transportation, and their stems will have soaked up lots of bacteria in the process.

For a confetti style of cake – Mix some petals into the icing before you decorate, this will give you a base layer of beautifully flecked icing, and helps you to go for a really random (and therefore pretty) finish.

For a garland style of cake – Add your flowers at the last possible moment, to ensure they’re at their perkiest. You can still decorate, tier up and display your cake, but just leave a little gap for adding the flowers as late as you can.

Collaborate! If you have a talented baker in your family, ask them to provide the cake, and use edible flowers and fruits to decorate in a bohemian style.

If you’re using fresh cream – Be careful that the more intensely coloured petals don’t bleed their colour – for example, deep red rose petals.

Be BOLD with your colour choices – Even the brightest of petals still look delicate and pretty on your cake, so don’t be shy!

If it’s a really hot day – Consider planning for the cake to make a grand entrance so you can add the flowers just before you cut / serve it.

Be careful during transportation – We wrap our assembled, boxed cakes in catering grade clingfilm, which creates a little micro climate inside the box, keeping everything nice and cool.

Bee’s Bakery is a member of The Love Lust List – our directory of handpicked wedding suppliers, so you can be sure that she is one of the best in the business (and that her cakes are delicious)…for enquiries, please visit the Bee’s Bakery website.

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Author: Fern Godfrey

Fern spends most of her time dreaming about weddings and trying to convince her long-suffering boyfriend to propose. Lucky enough to live in sunny Cornwall, if you need her – you’ll find her at beach.

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