How do you get real flowers

Decorate cakes with real flowers
Tips, tricks & instructions


Decorate cakes with real flowers: Flowers and blossoms are the be-all and end-all of every cake ... Whether made of sugar or real flowers - they enchant every guest. Flower decorations should not be missing, especially with wedding cakes. And the occasion offers a wealth of design options: Flower elements from the table decoration or arrangements of the bridal bouquet can be placed on the cake and give your cake design a uniform look. Compared to sugar flowers, they also do not require hours or days of production - so there is a lot to be said for decorating cakes with fresh flowers and blossoms on your cake.

Although the focus of the kitchen kitties lies in the development of completely edible cake decorations, we also decorate our cakes here and there with real, fresh flowers. There are a few things to consider, especially when it comes to cake decoration, because: not every flower is suitable for a cake and the way in which it is attached needs to be carefully considered - the conditions differ greatly from those of sugar flowers.

We answer the frequently asked questions about cake decoration with fresh flowers, what you should pay attention to and give you instructions on how to attach the flowers to your cake without accidents and, above all, safely.


Decorate cakes with real flowers:
Can't I just put a flower that I like on the cake?

No, unfortunately, beauty is not everything. Not every flower belongs on a cake: some are generally poisonous or they are sprayed and contain pesticides. Homemade flowers and blossoms from your own garden are best if you know exactly that they are unsprayed and unfertilized. If you need fresh flowers, ask your flower seller beforehand. A good flower seller can recommend exactly which flowers you can use, where they come from, what the manufacturing process is, which flowers are unsprayed / unfertilized and, if necessary, order them to you. The conventional flower trade is not suitable for the use of cake decorations because they are too heavily sprayed or pretreated. Please plan enough time to get your flowers - unfortunately, spontaneous purchases do not work here 🙂


Why is it so important to watch out for unsprayed flowers? Aren't you doing too much drama?

Well Think about it: you create a beautiful cake and decorate it with poisons that you cannot judge. They mix with your buttercream or lie on your fondant. Even if they are not eaten, you never know what will be secreted from your flowers and blooms. Sometimes the smallest particles are enough to cause discomfort or, in the worst case, allergies - so: hands off.

Also an important factor: pollen / bee pollen. Make sure that none of your flowers / blossoms can get onto the cake. Heavily blooming flowers are ruled out for the cake.


Which flowers are suitable for the cake decoration?

Rule of thumb: All flowers that are declared as 'edible' can be used. These include capuchin cress or borage (cucumber herb), cornflower blossoms, artichoke blossoms, lavender, lily blossoms, mallow, daisies, chrysanthemums, marigold blossoms, dahlia blossoms, edible roses, wild roses, zinnias, daisies (in small amounts, otherwise poisonous), (fragrant) geraniums , Gerbera, hibiscus flowers, rose hips, wild strawberries, edible pansies, violets, garden cloves, chamomile, gypsophila, forget-me-not flowers, apple or cherry blossoms, eucalyptus globulus (considered to be less toxic).

While these flowers are edible, some cannot survive without water. If you are using our instructions below, you should definitely take steps 3 & 4) to heart.


Which flowers are unsuitable / poisonous / inedible?

These plants are poisonous and have no place on a cake: Monkshood, anemones (anemones), anthurium (flamingo flowers), azaleas, boxwood, daisies (in large quantities), angel's trumpet, oleander, ivy, red silk blast, buttercups, lily of the valley, hogweed , Elder, rhododendron, delphinium, silk plants, caladia, calla (dragonwort), snow roses, clematis, daffodils, belladonna, delphinium, dieffenbachia, miracle flowers (Mirabills jalapa), garden hyacinths, hydrangeas, hammer bush (cestrum), thorn apples (cestrum) Männertreu), sky-blue punk bindweed (Ipomoea violacea), periwinkle (Vinca), flat pea, solandra (golden cup), ranunculus, frangipani. There are varieties of tulips that have edible petals, but the rest of the plant, such as the stem, are poisonous. Poppy seeds contain a white / faded milky sap that secretes toxic alkaloids. The green parts of the plant, the bark and the fruits of the lilac are poisonous. Basically: wildflowers from the roadside don't belong on a cake. They contain pollutants and exhaust gases.

These two lists are not exhaustive and if you really want to be on the safe side you should seek advice from a professional.


Can edible flowers really be used safely?

Edible flowers can look beautiful on your cake, but there is still one little thing to consider: lavender, for example, is very intense and gives off the scent to the cake - especially if you put lavender on buttercream cakes.


I found my flower -
what's next: cut the flower
and off to the cake?

No! There are several reasons for this: if you got your flower from the florist, it may well be that it was in different waters. For hygienic reasons alone, you shouldn't put a flower stem in your cake. And: the plant “juice” can react with the ingredients in your cake. For example, the oil of a eucalyptus branch is intolerable and toxic for babies, toddlers, diabetics and people with immune diseases, asthma or epilepsy.


I want to bake a naked cake and decorate it with flowers:
Which flowers can I use for decoration and what do I have to consider?

You can use the flowers from our list above. However, it is worth doing a more detailed research beforehand, because plants react differently to your buttercream: Some petals absorb the fat - like borage. The hygienic recommendation is not to leave the borage leaves in contact with the buttercream for more than four hours (and significantly less if it is very warm).


Gypsophila is non-toxic, so why shouldn't I take too much of it?

Gypsophila can look beautiful as a decoration on its own. However, it depends on the amount: smaller amounts are non-toxic to humans. When using larger amounts, you should make sure that you use a suitable mat and that none of the gypsophila touches your cake. Gypsophila is poisonous in larger quantities.


How do I store flowers?

Your flowers should be picked as soon as possible before placing on the cake and stored in a dark and cool place. If you don't pick them yourself, put them in a container with fresh water in a dark, cool room (e.g. basement).


Do I have to pay attention to where my cake will be later?

Yes - with or without fresh flowers - your cake shouldn't stand in the blazing sun and in the heat. Try to store them in a cool corner or not let any direct light shine on them. This increases the lifespan of your flowers and prevents roses from opening any further.


Decorate cakes with real flowers:
When is the best time to put the flowers on my cake?

We recommend that you apply your creations as late as possible. This means that the flowers are fresh the longest and last a little longer on your cake - especially if they are not cut so quickly because every guest has to marvel at the cake 😉 If you finish your cake the day before, decorate it not with your flowers - they just dry up. Store them safely in a box in the refrigerator or in a cool place (depending on the nature of the flower) and decorate them on the day you eat the cake.


Do I have to think about anything else?

Not everyone can tell the difference between edible and inedible flowers. Make it easy for your guests and help them recognize whether the flowers you use are poisonous or not. Just prepare a small tablet or a sign with a short note and place it with the cake.


Addendum, end of May 2019:

Another small article about poisonous plants appeared in Stern today. If you want to measure, look here along.



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The individual steps:

Wash flowers

Carefully wash your flowers inside and out under cold running water. Gently shake them out and then dry them with some kitchen paper.

Plan the arrangement

Think about the arrangement of your flowers on your cake: sometimes less is more.

Start with the elongated, protruding elements - put them together as required. It is nicer to work with smaller compositions / elements such as one or two branches. Roses and rosebuds should be tied together by no more than two people, otherwise they will be “too thick” and will no longer fit into the test tube. It's not about tying a whole bouquet and sticking it on the cake - it's more about developing many small individual pieces and then putting them together on the cake and composing them.

That makes it easier for you: details that turn out to be visually annoying in retrospect can be removed more easily as individual parts than if you have "tied" a whole bouquet.

Tie your flower elements together

Cut your flowers (stem length as required, depending on how far the flower should look out of the test tube. In our wedding cake, the stems are around 7-10 cm long). There are two methods you can do:

For a short-term, shorter stay of your flower arrangement on your cake (I describe this type in the further description as variant a): Moisten the end of the stem again with running water and then wrap everything with your florist tape. (As in our pictures.)

For a longer stay of your flower arrangement on your cake (this is called variant b in the rest of the description): Wrap your small arrangements with a florist ribbon. Save the end of the stem. If you want to finish decorating the cake now: continue with the next step. If you want to decorate the cake on site, shortly before serving: Put the flower arrangements in a small vase filled with water and continue with the next step later.

Place the reagent tubes

If you want to freeze variant a): Grab a test tube and carefully drill it into the cake until the upper end is flush with the cake. Start decorating your flower elements - just put your flower compositions in the tube. If you want to decorate a larger area as in our example, insert several test tubes 3 cm apart in the cake. This gives you more leeway and can decorate your cake with fresh flowers as required.

For variant b) you proceed as follows: Shortly before serving the cake, fill your reagent glasses halfway with water. Place them on your cake and slide them into the cake until the reagent jars are flush with the cake.

Now arrange your flowers as you like, so the flowers stay fresh for a long time.

Finally, a few tips and tricks

Tip: if your roses are still too closed, cut the stem and hold it in hot water. Your rose will then open a little. Then wrap the stem with florist tape as described above.

Finally: There are cake decorators who use bent straws, sealed with scotch tape, as a substitute for test tubes. We don't think much of it, scotch tape (just as little as flower wire, by the way) has nothing to do with the inside of a cake;) Glass test tubes are much safer and are not accidentally cut.

The advantage of our reagent glass method is: The flower elements and the glass can be easily removed while the cake is being eaten. What's left is your delicious cake :)