Have you seen gorgeous cakes decorated with exquisite blooms that look real? Creating these delicate blooms is easier than you might think.
When using flowers on your cake, cover the stems with floral tape to prevent bloom secretions from seeping into its layers. This will also keep any potential spillages under control.
How to Pipe Flowers
Create beautiful buttercream flowers for your cake with this easy tutorial. Flower cakes add an elegant touch to any celebration cake but may prove difficult for newcomers.
However, with practice, you will soon be piping roses and other blooms of buttercream!
First, begin your icing preparations by beating buttercream until it holds stiff peaks and dividing it into bowls for each color you use. Add gel food coloring until your desired shade has been reached.
When working with multiple colors simultaneously, it may be useful to employ a coupler in your piping bag; this two-piece mechanism enables easy switching of piping tips without emptying and starting over every time a change comes along.
Fill your piping bags with the appropriate icing color and attach an appropriate tip – for instance, Wilton #1M works well with yellow hues, while its #4 counterpart can handle other hues.
If you plan to add flowers with stems to your cake, floral tape can help prevent them from drying by keeping moisture or oils from leaching into it.
This step is particularly essential if adding the blooms undercover – for an authentic appearance, group similar blooms together to achieve this look.
Using Parchment Paper
Alternative decorative techniques exist if you don’t have time to pipe flowers or prefer other decorating techniques instead of frosting flowers.
Press flowers between two pieces of parchment paper weighed down with something flat and sturdy (such as books). Add these pressed blooms directly onto hot cakes, cookies, cupcakes, or flatbread to help the blooms stick to them more securely.
One enjoyable way of using flowers to decorate cakes and baked goods is incorporating them directly into the recipe. Flowers like calendula, borage, and marigold all boast pleasant fragrances that pair perfectly with culinary dishes; fresh blooms can give these treats a colorful look while providing subtle flavor boosts.
One effective strategy for adding flowers to a cake or baked item is freezing them before placing them directly on the frosting. This simple step can save many headaches as flowers often wilt when added directly.
To freeze flowers, place them on small squares of parchment paper before storing them in the freezer for 10-15 minutes, peeling them off, and adding them to baked items.
Using a Flower Lifter
Flower lifters are small scissors with offset handles designed to help cake decorators transfer piped flowers onto cakes with precision and ease by eliminating the need for parchment paper and placing other decorative elements onto cakes quickly and accurately. A flower lifter should be integral to every cake decorator’s toolkit!
To create realistic-looking flowers, special piping tips called petal tips are necessary. Their opening has two ends that vary in thickness for easier petal creation. Furthermore, tip shapes also affect how petals appear – read up on different piping tip shapes by reading this article!
For larger flowers, a coupler can come in handy. It is a two-piece mechanism that lets you switch out piping tips without emptying your bag each time.
Before beginning to pipe flowers, prepare a flat surface on your nail by cutting several squares of parchment paper that fit a little larger than your nail and attaching them with buttercream. This allows you to pipe flowers without fear of damaging the cake when chilled and firm!
Using Real Flowers
Flowers add a luxurious touch to any cake, adding beautiful flourishes whether piled high on the top or scattered around in an outer ring around its edge.
However, it is essential that when using flowers on cakes, they are safe. Edible blooms should always be chosen over their non-edible counterparts; some flowers, such as Mistletoe, Poinsettias, Holly Sweet Peas, and Lilies of the Valley, should never be used due to toxicity concerns.
Also, avoid those that could trigger allergies, like hydrangeas or baby’s breath, which could trigger severe reactions in those sensitive to allergenic blooms such as mistletoe.
When using fresh flowers, their stems must be securely wrapped. This will prevent any flower juices from seeping into your cake and potentially making it unsuitable for consumption.
When purchasing edible blooms, it is also a good idea to opt for blooms grown without pesticides and purchase from farmer’s markets instead of supermarkets; you can talk directly with producers regarding how their plants were produced there.
To wrap a stem, take some floral tape and cut it to fit most of its circumference. Wrap this tape securely around the stem so no fluid escapes through its end.
As we wrap up our journey through the artistry of cake decoration, mastering the delicate craft of making edible flowers, we hope you’ve found inspiration and confidence to adorn your cakes with beautiful, handmade blossoms.
Creating these floral masterpieces isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s about infusing your cakes with nature’s beauty and creativity.
May your future baking endeavors be sprinkled with the joy of crafting stunning edible blooms, turning your cakes into works of art that captivate the eyes and delight the taste buds.
Happy decorating, and may your cakes always blossom with sweetness!