How to Decorate Cakes With Real Flowers


Create a floral bouquet on a cake by decorating it with real flowers. Elegant and eye-catching, putting real flowers on a cake does not require the dexterity of creating and laying icing flowers. Take edible varieties of flowers from your garden and bring them into your kitchen for cake toppers. These not only add a colorful touch to your cake, but also a rare flavor for those who wish to sample the flowers with their cake. As with anything grown in your garden, only use flowers not treated with pesticides or herbicides.

Step 1

Pull the stamen from the flowers and wash the flowers thoroughly.

Step 2

Remove petals from flowers and scatter them over the entire cake and at the boundary between the cake and the serving platter for the simplest type of floral cake topping. Skip this step if you wish to use the entire bloom.

Step 3

Snip the stem just below the blossom at an angle.

Step 4

Cut 3-inch lengths of drinking straw, one segment per flower.

Step 5

Bend the bottom ½ inch of the straw up and tape to create a miniature vase.

Step 6

Fill the drinking straw ¾ full with water and place the stem into the straw.

Step 7

Insert the closed end of the straw straight up into the top of the cake, pushing all the way down until only the flower remains at the surface of the cake.

Step 8

Arrange the flower petals on the blooms as needed by moving the petals with tweezers or gently lifting them with toothpicks. Serve the cake as soon as possible so your flowers still look bright.

Tips and Warnings

  • Only use flowers safe for human consumption.

Things You'll Need

  • Edible flowers (pansies, violets, rose petals)
  • Scissors
  • Drinking straws
  • Tape
  • Toothpicks
  • Tweezers
  • Iced cake


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  • Decorating Wedding Cakes with Fresh Flowers

Who Can Help

  • List of Edible Flowers
Keywords: flowers on cake, cake decorations, edible flowers

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Athena Hessong began her freelance writing career in 2004. She draws upon experiences and knowledge gained from teaching all high school subjects for seven years. Hessong earned a Bachelor's in Arts in history from the University of Houston and is a current member of the Society of Professional Journalists.