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Spring Cake Decoration Using Fresh Flowers

Stephanie loves dessert. She also loves to bake delicious new recipes to share with family and friends.

Cake Decorating With Pansies and Violets

Easter Cake decorated with violets. Mint leaves and jelly beans make the border.

Easter Cake decorated with violets. Mint leaves and jelly beans make the border.

Festive Spring Cakes With Fresh Flower Decorations

Nothing says spring more than a bouquet of fresh spring flowers. Why not bring a splash of spring to your springtime celebration with a cake decorated with edible flowers? What could be prettier than a Mother's Day, Easter or birthday cake decorated with pansies or violets from your flower garden?

There are many edible flowers, but not all flowers are safe to eat. Do check my chart of some of the most common edible flowers before incorporating them into your cake decorating.

Uses for Edible Flowers

Many common flowers are edible and can be used in salads, as infusions in vinegars and oils or in jams and jellies. Others are best candied or used fresh as decorations. Flowers that are listed as edible are not all suitable for use on cakes and desserts because of strong flavor. Also, some flowers will have undesirable effects if eaten. For example, the day lily is considered edible and makes a pretty decoration, but it can act as a diuretic or laxative. It’s best to reserve them for decorative uses only.

*Note: See the table at the end of this article for a list of some of the most common edible flowers perfect for use in cake decorating.

Instructions for Using Fresh Flowers as a Mother's Day Cake Decoration

First, be certain that flowers are edible and that they are free of herbicides and pesticides. Remove any insects that might be on them. In this case it is best to use flowers that you have grown yourself. Wash the flowers by placing in a shallow bowl of water and gently submersing and swishing around to remove dust, pollen and any insects. I like to leave the flowers in water for a half hour or so to hydrate them for longer lasting freshness. Remove from water, cut stems off the flowers close to the base of the flower, then place on a paper towels to dry.

Prepare Flowers for Cake Decorating

Cut flowers and place in shallow bowl of water to wash and hydrate (this will make blooms last longer).

Cut flowers and place in shallow bowl of water to wash and hydrate (this will make blooms last longer).

Dry flowers on a cake rack over a paper towel

Dry flowers on a cake rack over a paper towel

Work on bottom border first. This one is made by alternating mint leaves and jelly beans.

Work on bottom border first. This one is made by alternating mint leaves and jelly beans.

First, Plan Cake Design and Flower Placement

Plan design by laying out on a paper or clean paper towel so that you can see how the flowers will look together.

Steps for Placing Flowers and Design on Frosted Cake

  1. Start by alternating mint leaves with jelly beans or other small candies around the bottom of the cake. A border at the bottom will give the cake a finished look, and the candy colors can be coordinated with the flower colors.
  2. Start on the cake top, working from the center out. On the pansy and violet cake, I started with a cluster of five or six small violets in the center and used a few mint leaves to finish off the center design.
  3. Five pansies are evenly spaced around the edge of the cake top. If you are a perfectionist, you can measure space between flowers to be sure that they are evenly spaced. I didn't measure, just estimated distances as I placed the flowers. A violet with stem removed is placed between each pansy.
  4. The sides of the cake need some decoration, but I didn't want to detract from the top, so I placed a violet under each of the edge flowers about halfway up the sides. This gave the cake a finished look.

Tips for success: Frost cake and chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes prior to decorating. This will help keep the icing from wilting as you work if your kitchen is warm. If you won't be serving the cake until the next day, place it in a covered cake dish and refrigerate to keep the flowers fresh longer.


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Finished Cake Decorated with Pansies and Violets

Pansies and violets enhance this special occasion cake.

Pansies and violets enhance this special occasion cake.

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More Ideas for Using Flowers as Cake Decoration

Pictures below show some other ideas for decorating with flowers from your garden. I particularly like the cake with the white icing and the violets as the violets in my lawn are a sure sign of spring. Johnny-jump-ups would also be pretty as they are small and come in many pretty colors. The yellow and purple ones would be perfect for Easter or Mother's Day!

I happen to have English daisies, and love the way they look scattered on the cake top. In place of mint leaves, one could use new leaves of roses as long as they haven't been sprayed with pesticides. Be sure to wash leaves and flowers thoroughly to get off any minute insects that might be hiding on them.

Spring Cake Decorated with Fresh Violets

Fresh violets and mint leaves decorate this spring cake.

Fresh violets and mint leaves decorate this spring cake.

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