Baking it better
Real flowers or sugar flowers?
First of all, any flowers on a cake, real or fake are guaranteed to create that show stopping finish you’ve probably been dreaming off. However, deciding exactly which type of flowers to go for can be a difficult hurdle to cross!
Like anything, your budget is an important thing to keep in mind when making your decision. As beautiful as they are, Sugar flowers are definitely not the cheapest option. Having made hundreds of flowers myself, I know that each bloom can take hours to perfect which can soon eat away at your budget. Having said this, they are totally worth it! These flowers are guaranteed to make a statement and will definitely get your guests talking! A lot of my brides like to keep the sugar flowers from their cake long after the crumbs have been eaten. Once carefully placed in a protective container, they can be kept for years after as a lovey memory of your beautiful day! And what’s better… you can actually EAT them!
Fresh flowers are a great alternative to sugar flowers. There’s nothing quite like a cake covered with cascades of fresh blooms. And of course, the smell! If you’re wanting to keep the colours of your wedding consistent, opting for your florist to provide your cake flowers to match your bouquets and decorations can help to keep your cake on theme. So, why on earth would you want to choose anything else? Well, unfortunately, your flowers will wilt, especially if you’re having a summer wedding on a gorgeous hot day. There’s nothing more devastating than watching your flowers fall petal by petal off your cake hours after your cake has been delivered. Another thing to remember is if your dream flowers are not in season you won’t be able to have them – *Sigh*…
Having said this, it is so important that you speak with your florist to determine exactly which flowers you want as some flowers may be poisonous and dangerous if placed on your cake. As well as this, your cake maker should be following the correct procedures when attaching real flowers to your cake so that the stems don’t come into contact with your cake.
Another option is silk flowers. Silk flowers have come a long way in the last couple of years. They are becoming an ever more popular choice for brides as they are extremely practical and equally stylish. One of the biggest perks of silk flowers has to be their availability. You can buy them anywhere from craft stores to garden centres, online and even furniture stores such as The Range. If you’re a bit of a DIY bride – why not give yourself a challenge and have a go at making your own bouquets?
Annie Cutts – Eats and Treats by Annie