“A party without cake is just a meeting.” –Julia Child
Get a cake that, well, takes the cake! Instead of a cherry on top, try decorating with flowers. Whether they’re real, edible (or not), or made from icing, floral cake décor is the most classic thing in the world. Nothing enhances your special celebration more than a gorgeous cake that tastes as beautiful as it looks.
Decorating with Real Flowers
The most important decorations on your special day are the flowers and the cake; you can combine them to create something really unique and unforgettable.
Steer clear of toxic varieties and use safe, edible choices as décor, such as roses, violets, pansies, lavender, carnations, chamomile, lisianthus, sweet pea, gerbera daisy, etc. If you have any qualms or uncertainties about possible allergic reactions to the flowers used, it’s better not to consume or, simply, choose flowers made entirely out of icing! That way, there’s no buzzkill at the party.
If you use non-edible flowers to accent your cake, use them strictly as decoration, cut them as shortly as possible, and wash them (in case they’re sprayed with pesticides).
Artificial flowers are also very popular because they’re versatile and do not wilt. If you’re decorating a cake yourself, there are pre-made flowers that take away the guesswork!
“Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.” –Audrey Hepburn
Roses made from spun sugar, buttercream frosting, hardened icing, marzipan, meringue, and gum paste are always favorable. Not only are they beautiful but delicious as well. Sugar pearls are lovely but be careful because they are very hard, and we don’t want any chipped teeth! Buttercream-piped rosettes are probably the most popular decoration for a cake, but there’s so much more! The vintage-y basket weave icing design is always fun and quirky, but today, many like a simple and elegant cake embellished with just a few choice flowers in one or two main colours. Whether you choose a monochromatic décor scheme or not, you’ll want your cake topper to stand out.
Epic Celebratory Cakes
You can have your cake and eat it, too!
Glean inspiration from some of these legendary cakes!
- A six-tiered epic cake decorated with bright red marzipan roses at Elvis and Priscilla’s wedding in Las Vegas
- A vase of white flowers atop JFK and Jacqueline Bouvier’s five-tier wedding cake
- John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s epic carrot cake decorated with lots of greenery, specifically eucalyptus
- Elizabeth Taylor’s 49th birthday celebration complete with a four-tiered cake emblazoned with violet-colored roses
- Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, for their wedding ceremony in 1947. The cake was nine feet tall!
Cakes decorated with roses of all shapes, sizes, and colours are always in fashion. A simple white cake really takes center stage when decorated with bursts of colourful flowers. Take a tip from Chelsea Flowers and have the flowers on your cake match the arrangements on the tables. Scatter some rose petals all around and, at the end of the night, centerpieces always make lovely presents for your guests to go home with (along with an extra slice of cake).
- Orchids, mums, hypericum berries, roses, and matching calla lilies make a gorgeous statement! A colour scheme of orange and purple is suitable for any time of year.
For more information on all your floral needs, check out Chelsea Flowers and all the blossoms they offer, for every occasion.