Spring Cake Decoration Using Fresh Flowers

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. | Source

Festive Spring Cakes Decorated with Fresh Flowers

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 of 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). | Source
Dry flowers on a cake rack over a paper towel
Dry flowers on a cake rack over a paper towel | Source
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. | Source

Plan the design and flower placement on the cake

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. | Source

Other ideas for Spring Cake Decoration Using Flowers

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. | Source
Fresh violets and mint leaves decorate this spring cake.
Fresh violets and mint leaves decorate this spring cake. | Source

Easter Cake Decorated with English Daisy and Marigold

Scatter English Daisies and marigold petals around this cake top.
Scatter English Daisies and marigold petals around this cake top. | Source

Candied or Crystallized Flowers in Cake Decorating

While all of the cakes pictured in this article use fresh flowers, you can also use candied or crystallized flowers as decorations. The advantage here would be that you can crystallize flowers as they come into season and store them so that you have a larger selection to draw from when you are making that special cake. Wouldn't it be lovely to have flowers decorating your cake on Thanksgiving or on Valentine's Day when there are no blooms in your garden? (Don't forget - flowers from the florist are not safe for food!)

Making crystallized flowers is a little time consuming, but fun and worth the effort if you love flowers as decorations and garnish on your special desserts. Instructions follow:

Warnings About Using Flowers with Foods

  • Not every flower is edible - be sure to double check for safety before using as a garnish or component in your dishes.
  • Never use any flower from a plant that has been treated with pesticides.
  • Never use roadside flowers as they could be contaminated with herbicides or pesticides.
  • Never use flowers in food from a nursery, florist or garden center as they could be contaminated with herbicides or pesticides.

WARNING! These flowers are poisonous!

NEVER, EVER use any of these poisonous flowers as decorations on cakes or other food:

  • Angel's Trumpet
  • Azaleas
  • Autumn Crocus
  • Belladonna or Deadly Nightshade
  • Daphne
  • Foxglove or Digitalis
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Oleander
  • Rhododendron

How to Make Crystallized Flowers

Crystallized or candied flowers will last up to a year and are a long-lasting alternative to using fresh flowers. Here are instructions for crystallizing flowers:

What you need for crystallized flowers:

  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tsp. water
  • 1 cup of superfine sugar (whirl regular granulated sugar in a blender for a few seconds to create superfine sugar).
  • Shallow saucer
  • small, clean artists paint brush
  • wax paper and baking rack

Instructions:

With a fork or whisk, mix egg white and water together till slightly foamy. Spread sugar in the shallow dish. With the paintbrush, paint each flower petal with the egg white mixture. Hold flower over the top of the sugar dish and sprinkle sugar onto both sides of the flower. Gently shake off excess and place on wax paper to dry. Air dry for 12 to 36 hours or speed up drying by placing in a warm oven (150°F) for a few hours. Flowers need to be totally free of moisture before storing. Use immediately or layer in a plastic container with wax paper between layers.

Check for Safety

Be sure to check the table below for a list of edible flowers that are safe to use as garnishes and decorations on food. If in doubt, use something else!

List of Common Edible Flowers for Cake Decorating

Common name
Color
Anise
lilac
Apple
white or pink
Bachelor button
white, pink, blue
Basil
white
Bee balm
multi colors
Begonias, tuberous or wax
white, pink, red
Borage
blue
Calendula
yellow or orange
Carnations
multi colors
Chamomile
white
Chives
lavender pink
Chrysanthemum
multi colors
Dandelion, young flowers
yellow
Day lily
many colors
Dianthus
multi colors
Dill
yellow green
Elderberry
white
English daisy
pink
Fennel
yellow green
Hollyhock
white, pink, red
Honeysuckle
white to pale yellow
Impatiens
white, pink, red, orange
Johnny jump up
purple and yellow
Lilac
lavender
Marigold
yellow, orange
Mint
purple
Nasturtiums
yellow
Pansy
multi colors
Peony
white, pink, red
Rose
multi colors
Rosemary
blue
Scented geraniums
white, red, pink
Snapdragon
multi colors
Sunflower
yellow
Thyme
white
Tulip
multi colors
Violet
purple, white
 
 
 
 
The list above is a small selection of edible flowers that you may find in your garden. In addition, herbs and most of the flowers from herbs can be used in food decoration.

Where to Get Edible Flowers If You Don't Grow Your Own

*Note: Several people have mentioned that they don't have flower gardens of their own and wonder where they can get edible flowers that are safe to put on cakes. Here are a few suggestions:

  • See if you can "borrow" a few blooms from your neighbors and friends. It doesn't take many flowers to decorate a pretty spring cake.
  • Check your houseplants. Begonias and geraniums are common house plants that have many blooms and are safe to eat as long as you haven't used pesticides on them. But only use them if they've been long-time residents in your home. If you get them straight from the greenhouse, they're very likely to have pesticides on them.
  • Look for local farms that have organically grown produce. They may also have organically grown flowers.
  • Go for a walk in the woods. One of the prettiest flowers for decorating cakes is violets, and they are also one of the most commonly found. Chamomile and young dandelions are also commonly found in grassy areas. Again, do not pick anything that may have been sprayed.
  • Check with your florist for edible flowers. As some restaurants used flowers as garnishes on food, florists may have a source for organically grown edible flowers.
  • You can purchase candied flowers from sources like Amazon.com and eBay or cake decorating suppliers.

Click through to review Spring Cakes decorated with Fresh Flowers

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English Daisies are strewn over cake top along with petals from a marigold. A full marigold is used in the center. English daisies and a yellow pansy decorate this cake.
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English Daisies are strewn over cake top along with petals from a marigold. A full marigold is used in the center.
English Daisies are strewn over cake top along with petals from a marigold. A full marigold is used in the center. | Source
English daisies and a yellow pansy decorate this cake.
English daisies and a yellow pansy decorate this cake. | Source
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Enjoy Cake Decorating with Flowers

One of the reasons I love to decorate food, especially cakes and desserts, with flowers is because I love to use flowers from my flower garden. It's so rewarding to use the flowers I've grown myself to enhance the foods, cakes and desserts I prepare. It's especially fun in the early spring to go out and hunt up some violets, dandelions or pansies for those special occasion cakes - a great way to kick off the season!

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Enjoy Your Beautiful and Unique Cake!

You can see that decorating a cake with fresh flowers is not only easy but impressive. Decorating with fresh flowers will dress up cakes for any occasion. Fresh flowers add a beautifully elegant touch to special occasion cakes on birthdays, anniversaries, Mother's Day, Easter, showers or weddings. Do give it a try!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Great idea for a hub! Your cakes are beautiful. I know that this will inspire lots of people to add flowers to their next cakes.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Randomcreative - I loved using my first spring flowers to decorate cakes. I think using edible flowers on cakes and desserts gives them an elegant touch. Thanks so much for stopping by to read and comment!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Stephanie, this is such a great idea and all these photos of those cakes look so beautiful it might be a shame to cut it up and eat it. Loved the list of edible flowers as well.

Vote up and more !!!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hello Kashmir,

When I decorate a pretty cake with flowers, I always set it out for a while so that my guests and I can enjoy it before cutting it. The list of edible flowers is just a small number of the many flowers that can be eaten, but I chose the ones that are most common. Thanks so much for your comments and votes!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

The flowers are so beautiful, what craftsmanship! I worry that I would make them and then they are too pretty to eat! I vote up, what a thorough hub on this subject.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Thanks ChristyWrites! I can't take credit for the flowers as I picked them from my flower garden, but the cakes were fun to enjoy for a while. No one seemed to have a problem eating them. :)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Wow! Absolutely beautiful. I wouldn't be able to eat it. I'd feel guilty. I'd probably cave in though. Wonderful hub!!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Sunshine - *smiles* Oh, you must have just a little! I love pretty desserts, but it never stops me from eating them! Thanks for the read and comment, Sunshine!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

Wow, Stephanie! Thank you for all the spring cake decorating ideas.. I had no idea there were so many edible flowers! All of these cakes are lovely.. voted up and useful :)


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Jamie Brock! Actually, the edible flowers listed in this article are only a portion of the long list of flowers that are safe to eat. Glad you enjoyed the cakes decorated with flowers! Thanks for commenting and voting on my hub!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This is a gorgeous hub full of wonderful suggestions. I didn't realize so many flowers were edible. I am not a foodie, but these are so appealing and festive. Exceptional!!


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emilybee 4 years ago

This is absolutely amazing. I might try this....if you don't have a garden, where do you get flowers that would be edible? A regular grocery store? I'm worried I would use flowers that are not edible...;) My grandmother's 90th birthday is coming up right after Easter and I'm making her a birthday/Easter cake. Your cakes look spectacular! :-)


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

How lovely! It's such a simple yet fantastic way to decorate a cake. It's kind of hard for me to find chemical-free flowers since I don't have a backyard to grow my own flowers. But next time I visit my mom, I'll peek into her flower garden and see if there are any edible ones!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Oh, this gives me some great ideas! You did a beautiful Hub, and I'llve have to vote it UP,etc. We don't grow pansies here, but I'll think of something. Thanks for the info.I was happy to see my Hub on making gingerbread men is a related one to yours!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Tammyswallow,

Even if you aren't a foodie, these suggestions for decorating a cake with fresh flowers can be used on store bought cakes to impress your guests! :) Thanks so much for the read and for your comments!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hello Emilybee,

If you don't have a garden, perhaps you have begonias or other edible plants as house plants? Flowers from the grocery store are not really safe to eat unless they are labeled "organic". Some florists can get you food-safe flowers. Stop in to your favorite florist and ask. Another option is to take a walk in the woods - violets are pretty commonly found, and they are safe to eat as long as no one has sprayed them with pesticides. Good luck and enjoy your cake decorating!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hello Om Paramapoonya,

Do take a peek into your mom's flower garden. She's bound to have some edible flowers. (Be sure not to pick any that have been dusted or sprayed with pesticides!) Thanks so much for your comments!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Thank you Stephanie for this wonderful inspirational hub, I have always wanted to try this, but never knew quite how!!

Voted up

Best wishes Lesley


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Lesley,

Judging from your beautiful photographs, I'm sure you have a wonderful selection of flowers from which to choose! Have fun with it, and thanks for stopping by to comment!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Mary,

I'm so happy to know that you got some inspiration from my hub. I'm sure you'll find many other edible flowers that will work well for decorating your cakes. There are many!

I did notice a link to your Gingerbread men hub in the sidebar - it looks enticing! Thanks for stopping by to comment and vote!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Wow, what fantastic looking cakes! I use to toss in a handful of rose petals in salads. I love the one with violets.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

These cakes are beautiful! I've never thought about using real flowers to decorate a cake before...but I will now. Thanks for writing this hub and making me aware of this.

Awesome job!

Sharing, pinning and up all the way.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hello Rebeccamealey,

I love the idea of adding rose petals to a salad! I will definitely try that when my roses start blooming! Thanks for the idea, and thanks for stopping in to read and comment on my hub!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Just Ask Susan,

So glad you enjoyed my hub and that it might inspire you to try decorating with edible flowers. Thanks for stopping by to comment and thanks for sharing!


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Gypsy48 4 years ago

Beautiful cakes! Almost too beautiful to eat. Voted up and awesome.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Gypsy48 - I do enjoy looking at beautiful cakes, too, but somebody has to eat them...might as well be us! :) Thanks for stopping by to comment and vote!


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Beth100 4 years ago from Canada

Beautiful cakes!! I love the idea of using fresh and crsystallized flowers for decorating. I decorate a lot of cakes throughout the year, and having something other than fruit and chocolate is a welcoming idea. Thank you!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Beth100,

Using edible fresh flowers to decorate cakes is something I've only recently started to do. Now I'm really into making crystallized flowers for use in the winter when I can't go out to my flower garden and pick some posies. Glad you liked the ideas presented here. Thanks for stopping by to comment!


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

What a gorgeous cake Stephanie. I'm sure your family looks forward to holidays and celebrations with you. Looks really yummy!

Excellent article - useful

John


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi John,

Thanks, John!

Well, my sons always put quantity and quality of food before beauty! But their wives and my grandchildren do enjoy the decorations, too! :) Thanks for stopping by to comment and read!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

Decorating cakes with those beautiful flowers makes them very special. I love your pictures and appreciate your instructions. Beautiful hub.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Thanks so much, Pamela99! Decorating cakes with edible fresh flowers is a great way to bring a piece of my garden indoors to enjoy. Thanks so much for stopping by to comment!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Stephanie,

I have only used flowers in salads or as a garnish. Your cakes that you decorated are so beautiful! Looks like you are a professional cake decorator and if you are not...you could be. Thanks for all of this good information and the long list of edible flowers. Voted up, useful and beautiful.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Peggy, No, I'm not a professional cake decorator, but I do love to decorate cakes for my friends and family. Thanks for the compliment! :)


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

This is just fantastic, I am really into herbs and natural foods and who knows what all goods are in those blooms. Thank you for the ideas, and so pretty.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Jackie,

Some herbs have really pretty flowers that would make perfect cake decorations! I particularly like the blue star shaped flowers of borage... Have fun experimenting!


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Wow, what a unique idea! The decorations look beautiful and many flowers actually provide great herbal benefits.

Will be Sharing this on Pinterest, Twitter and with followers.

## Also, just wanted to let you know that the links to favorite hubs on your profile are not working. You may want to try editing/replacing them.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love your cake decoration. They looks so cute and it make the cake more beautiful. Thanks for writing and share with us. Very inspiring hub and useful for us. You come up with great idea. Rated up and pressing buttons, except funny. Take care!

Blessing,


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

This is a gorgeous hub, Stephanie. It is making me hungry! I haven't used flowers on anything, although I have seen and eaten a cake decorated with flowers in person. All the cakes you have pictured here are absolutely beautiful - I especially like the ones where you have added the lines in the frosting. Thanks for doing the research and providing the list of edible flowers.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Brett,

Thanks so much for stopping by to comment, and thanks for the share! I really appreciate it!

I checked the links on my profile page and they seem to be working, but I redid them anyway. If there's anything specific, please drop me an email - thanks so much for the heads-up! Have a great weekend!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Prasetio,

I'm glad you enjoyed my ideas for decorating cakes with edible flowers! I find it's a great way of combining my love of flowers with my love of baking. Thanks for stopping by to comment and vote!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Millionaire Tips,

I do enjoy experimenting with cake decorating and especially like the idea of using edible flowers from my garden. Someone who has cake decorating tools can use them to further enhance the cake, but I like using simple tools, like a fork, to add texture to the cake top. Thanks so much for dropping by to comment!


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Darknlovely3436 4 years ago from NewYork

great presentatation keep up the good work


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

These are the most beautiful Easter cakes I have ever seen. Easter is the time of year when I long for spring so to combine Easter cakes with flowers are a wonderful idea! I have never tried this before but I can now, thanks to this well written and instructional hub! The photos are stunning and a those cakes must be a winner at any festivity! Thank you so much for all the work you put into writing this useful hub! Voted up, pinned, and sharing!

Tina


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Silverfish 4 years ago from Edinburgh Scotland

One of the loveliest hubs I have read. Really pretty ideas, and lots of great information. The photos are spectaualr. Well done, voted up.


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Nicole 75 4 years ago

Lovely idea!!! Good topic chosen by you. Voted up!!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

This is so pretty. I would never think to decorate a cake with real flowers, but it looks like I would have many options. Thanks for sharing this info! Beautiful photos, too!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Jeannieinabottle,

Real flowers are easy and an elegant touch for a special occasion cake. If you grow any of your own flowers, you're likely to have some edible flowers right in your flower garden!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Nicole,

Glad you enjoyed my hub about decorating a cake with fresh flowrs. It worked great for an Easter cake, but fresh, edible flowers would also be lovely on a Mother's Day cake or other special occasion cake. Thanks for stopping by to commet!


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Turtlewoman 4 years ago from California

What a beautiful cake. Thanks for creating the chart of all the edible flowers that we can use. Bookmarked, and voted!


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Made 4 years ago from Finland

I love this hub! Your cakes look so beautiful. I would really like to make a cake and decorate it with flowers. This hub needs to be bookmarked, and I'll come back to read it when I'm on my way to haunt edible flowers. I still need to wait a couple of months to look for flowers, because we still have snow here. Voted up, useful and beautiful!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Turtlewoman - I'm so glad you found the chart of edible flowers useful. I tried to list flowers that are more common and easily found. Thanks for the bookmark and the votes!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Made - I know it's a little early for some people to find fresh flowers in their backyards, but do keep this in mind when spring arrives in your area. Thanks so much for stopping in to comment and vote!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Wow! I love the photos Stephanie. I used to decorate my cakes with fresh orchids, bougenvillas and other flowers from my garden in the Philippines for a change but not always as I pitied them when I harvested them for a cake decoration. They looked lovely. Thanks for sharing this. Voted up and great hub.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Thelma - It must have been wonderful to have all those beautiful tropical flowers when you lived in the Philippines. I'm not sure if the ones you mentioned are edible or not, but they would surely make beautiful decorations. Thank you for coming by to comment!


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida

Thanks for sharing this....they look to lovely to eat and how did you keep the bees away??!!! Love this...will definitely considering giving these a try.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Pstraubie - The bees just hadn't discovered those flowers, yet, I guess...hahaha! Thanks for stopping in to read and comment!


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida

Your secret's safe with me....sssssshhhhhhhh...I won't tell...


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

No nicer cake designs around. I'll never forget my du-uh moment when I first saw fresh flowers being used on cakes. Thanks for a great resource on decorating cakes with fresh flowers! Your examples are beautiful!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

RTalloni - I've been decorating cakes for years, and only recently realized that fresh flowers were a wonderful, natural and edible decoration. I'm glad you enjoyed my examples! Thanks for visiting and for the comments!


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Carmen H 4 years ago

Wow! This is such a great and useful hub with lots of handy tips, especially the list of edible flowers. Decorating a cake with fresh blooms is so beautiful and has a natural and cheery feel that will definitely brighten up someone's day or the room or the occasion. This is an art that absolutely encourages you to unleash your creativity...and who does not love desserts. I can't wait to try this myself. Awesome pictures as always - I think I have fallen in love with this art through these pictures. The video is really good as well. Thanks for writing and sharing about this, Stephanie. I'm going for up, awesome, useful, interesting, and beautiful this time. And oh, sharing it across the universe too: )


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Carmen H - Wow, Carmen, your comments sure boosted my ego! I'm so glad you enjoyed the cake with fresh flower decorations. I'm thinking it would be great for Mother's Day, too, especially now that there are more flowers blooming. Thanks so much for your very kind comments - they always make me smile!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Very cool! The cakes are just lovely!! Thank you for this informative hub!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

AudreyHowitt - Glad you enjoyed my hub on cake decorating using fresh flowers. With so many flowers in bloom right now, it's a great time to try it.


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Mandeeadair 4 years ago from California

Wow, this is amazing. Now I want to go back a cake :)! I had no idea about the edible flowers and I am anxious to try it out. Thank you for the informative, well written hub :)!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Mandeeadair - Fresh flowers do make a special occasion cake even more attractive - hope you enjoy using them in your decorating! Thanks for your comments!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

OMG Steph, this is absolutely gorgeous. I never saw this hub before. So talented you are. The information you shared is just awesome. I used to try decorating cakes and came up with some that looked pretty good but I got away from it and all my cool cake pans are sitting in storage. This really makes me want to bring them out again. Definitely sharing this!!!!!

Sharyn


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

What a great idea and I love the beautiful layout of this comprehensive hub, the photos and the great tips and factual information about which types of flowers are safe to use.

Voted up across the board except for funny and shared.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Sharyn's Slant - Thanks so much for your very kind comments, Sharyn! I think decorating with fresh flowers is a lot easier than some other methods as long as you have a few edible blossoms growing in your flower bed, and they lend an elegant look to your dessert table. Thanks for sharing!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Happyboomernurse - Thanks so much for stopping in to read and comment on my article on cake decorating using fresh flowers. As you know, I do love flowers and usually have some edible flowers that can be used to decorate a pretty cake. It is best to check the charts to be sure that the flowers you plan to use are safe, though. Thanks for the votes and the share, Gail!


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Beautiful hub! We don't think enough about the culinary aspects of edible flowers, and your hub showcases how rewarding flowers as food can be. The link to Les Trois Chenes is wonderful. Maybe you will be RVing there some day? :) Pinned.


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Les Trois Chenes 4 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

What a lovely idea. Never thought to use fresh flowers on cakes! Many thanks for the link to my crystallized flower article, (brought to my attention by a mistake by Sally's Trove).


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Les Trois Chenes 4 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

Did you make all these cakes yourself?


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Sally's Trove - Many flowers look good enough to eat...and they are! But I have to admit that I like flowers more for their decorative aspect than for their flavor. :) Yes, wouldn't it be lovely to go RVing in France? Thanks for your comments and for the pin!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Les Trois Chenes - Fresh flowers are perfect when they are in season, but I also like the idea of preserving their beauty by crystallizing them. You have a great article on that and I was pleased to link to it. Thanks for visiting my hub and for link!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Les Trois Chenes - Yes, I did do all the cake decorating myself. Don't tell, but I cheated a little...it's all the same cake! I just removed the flowers, smoothed out the icing and replaced with a different set of flowers to get the different looks. Luckily, I had a nice selection of blooms in my garden at the time! :)


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Ohh...deliciously beautiful. Thanks for sharing it, Stephanie! We'll need you to bake us some cakes now!! Hungry, and sharing!


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Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

Great information, Stephanie. I'm watching those "cake decorating" shows on TV like "Ace of Cakes" and I enjoy it so much :)

Thank you Stephanie for this wonderful inspirational hub,, voted & shared!


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StephSev108 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

This a wonderful hub...fresh flowers and cake. I love it.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

We did this for our wedding and the cake was gorgeous--I love this type of cake--


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Midget38 - I'll bake you a cake anytime! Just drop on in for a visit! :)


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Mike Robbers - Thanks for stopping in to read and comment! Glad you enjoyed my cake decorated with fresh flowers. They are lots of fun to do, and very pretty, too.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

StephSev108 - So glad you liked my fresh flower decorated cake. It is a lovely combination for any occasion!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

AudreyHowitt - What a beautiful wedding cake it must have been decorated with fresh flowers! I love that idea!


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DanaTeresa 3 years ago from Ohio

This is great! I cannot believe I never thought to decorate with flowers. You make it look so simple! This is perfect for people like me that aren't so great at icing art. A real flower looks worlds better than anything I could ever make!... Now I just need a reason to make a cake!


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Wonderful, gorgeous and delicious. Thanks for sharing, Stephanie!


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Yummilicious and oh so pretty! :)


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

Dana Teresa - This is an easy and very elegant way to decorate a cake. If you don't want to bake a big cake, why not try decorating some cupcakes with fresh flowers? That would make a pretty little treat for a tea party or coffee with friends. Thanks so much for stopping in to comment...happy baking!


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

Midget38 - Even a box cake can look like a gourmet treat when decorated beautifully. Thanks for stopping in to read an comment! :)


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

Sunshine625 - Love your new word...Yummilicious! The fun thing is that you can even eat these flowers, if you wish! :)


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DanaTeresa 3 years ago from Ohio

OH I LOVE CUPCAKES! I am going to have SO much fun with this!


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

DanaTeresa - I'd love to see pictures!


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

That is so pretty! Thanks for sharing this information. I would have never thought of decorating a cake with the different types of flowers.


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

Kathryn Stratford - I'm glad you enjoyed these ideas for decorating a cake using fresh flowers. I love doing this when I have my home grown fresh flowers - it's easy and safe! Thanks for stopping in to read and comment!


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

I thought for sure I had previously commented on this awesome hub, Stephanie, but apparently not. I'm so impressed with the whole thing. Not sure which I liked more - the beautiful photos or the actual end product. I'm not quite brave enough to give it a try, but one day, perhaps. Bravo-UP/U/I / B/ A Loved it! I'm sharing.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

The cakes are beautiful and I would love to try to use flowers to decorate cakes. I have marked this hub for future reference. Voted up, awesome and shared.


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

Hi Denise - This is a great way to decorate Easter cakes. Don't be afraid to give it a try? The worst you can do is mess up the icing, and then it's just a matter of taking off the flowers, smoothing out the icing and trying again. :) Thanks so much for stopping in to comment and for sharing!


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

Pamela99 - This is such an easy way to make an elegant looking cake...do give it a try! Thanks for stopping in to comment and share!


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

So very beautiful! What a great hub!


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

Thank you, AudreyHowitt! This cake is so easy to decorate for a special day.Thanks for commenting!


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Levertis Steele 3 years ago from Southern Clime

What great ideas! I must try decorating my next cake with flowers.


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

Levertis Steele - Using flowers on your spring cakes will add a festive touch! Do give it a try!


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Athlyn Green 3 years ago from West Kootenays

Oh my! What an absolutely fabulous hub. I've FBed it and will share it at other places. Your photos are outstanding.


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

Athlyn Green - I'm so glad you enjoyed my article on cake decorating with fresh flowers. I hope you will try it soon! Thanks so much for your comments and for sharing on FB!


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Athlyn Green 3 years ago from West Kootenays

Hi Stephanie, you did such a wonderful job on your cakes, so very beautiful. I hope this hub does well for you, with the amount of effort you put into it. Awesome!


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

Athlyn Green - I'm so glad you liked my spring cakes with fresh flower decoration! The pansies in my flower bed are blooming just in time for me to use a few to decorate my Easter cake! Hope you will give it a try, too.


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Awesome hub, delicious and beautiful. Great hub, Voted up.


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

Vellur - Thank you for your comments on my hub about Spring Cake Decoration Using fresh flowers! Glad you enjoyed it!


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Happy Birthday to YOU Stephanie!!! (5/23)


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

Thank you Sunshine! :)


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Coming in to read again and the cakes still look wonderful! Thanks for sharing, Stephanie, and I share the cake too!


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

Thanks for stopping in again Midget38! Right now I could use a piece of that cake! :)


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bac2basics 3 years ago from Spain

Hi Stephanie.

Wow these cakes look gorgeous and I am going to decorate a cake this way very soon when I have friends coming to visit. I have lots of Pansies and Marigolds in flower right now.

Voted all the way up and I hope you don't mind me linking it to a hub of mine which is a very easy sponge cake recipe, which you can create many different types of cake from.


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

Bac2basics - I think you'll find decorating with fresh flowers to be easy and fun. Your sponge cake sound like the perfect candidate for this kind of decoration. Thanks so much for the link and for your comments!


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Daisy Mariposa 17 months ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Stephanie,

Your cakes are gorgeous! The next time I bring a dessert to a party, I think I'll bring a platter of flower-decorated cupcakes.


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teaches12345 17 months ago

I am once again inspired to decorate a cake with fresh edible flowers. I think my favorite is the violet pictured here. This would really impress guests at any event!


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Stephanie Henkel 17 months ago from USA Author

Daisy, I think that cupcakes would be beautiful decorated with fresh flowers! Thanks for commenting and for sharing!


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ChitrangadaSharan 17 months ago from New Delhi, India

This fresh flower decoration looks so beautiful! I have never tried it on cakes but I do make some sweets with fresh rose petals.

Excellent presentation and suggestions. Lovely pictures, voted up and pinned!

Thanks for sharing!


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Daisy Mariposa 15 months ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Stephanie,

I see that the page views for your Hubs has passed the one million mark. Congratulations! What an impressive accomplishment!


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Stephanie Henkel 15 months ago from USA Author

Thank you, Daisy! I am very pleased and excited about this, and do appreciate all of your encouragement and inspiration along the way!


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AudreyHowitt 15 months ago from California

Maybe your best hub ever! Just gorgeous!


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Stephanie Henkel 15 months ago from USA Author

Thanks so much, Audrey Howitt! It was also one my most fun hubs as I played with the different flower decorations.

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