Decorating cakes with fresh flowers is really on-trend and the best thing is, it doesn’t have to be complicated or fiddly. Here’s an example using polystyrene blocks between tiers that’s surprisingly straightforward but the result looks really sophisticated and intricate (don’t worry, it’ll be our little secret!).
Just a word of caution however, please bear in mind that not all flowers are safe for use with food, if you’re decorating cakes with fresh flowers we have included a selection that are safe to use at the bottom of this page. You also need to make sure any flowers you use have been organically grown as pesticides and fertilizers contain all sorts of nasties that you don’t want anywhere near your cake. Always remember to remove the flowers before cutting and serving the cake. It is also good practice to remove the stamen and other pollen-bearing parts of the flower, to avoid complications with allergy sufferers.
For decorating cakes with fresh flowers using this technique you will need:
- Three, under and top iced cake tiers, each mounted on a larger iced and ribboned cake board
- Two, 5cm (2in) thick polystyrene blocks, each 2.5cm (1in) smaller than the cake tier it will support
- 12 plastic dowels
- Small hacksaw/serrated knife
- Scriber needle
1. Place the largest polystyrene block in the centre of the bottom cake tier and score round it using the scriber needle.
2. Insert a dowel in the centre of the cake and mark it to show the height of the cake. Remove the dowel and, using the hacksaw or knife, cut it about 1mm (1/16in) above the marked line.
3. Cut a further six dowels to the exact same size using the cut dowel as a measure. It is very important to ensure that all the dowels are the same size.
4. Push a dowel down into the centre of the cake and insert another six in a circle around it, inside the scored line.
5. Spread a little royal icing in the centre of the cake and stick the correct size polystyrene block on top.
6. To prepare the fresh roses for blocking, take small lengths of thick florists wire and insert one in the end of each rose head.
7. Carefully push the prepared roses into the polystyrene block.
8. Attach the next tier and polystyrene block in the same way, following steps one to seven.
9. Spread more royal icing over the polystyrene block and attach the top tier.
Top 20 safe flowers for decorating a cake
- Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila)
- Bachelor Button petals
- English Primrose