Exploring the World of Edible Flowers in Cake Decorating

In this blog we explore the enchanting world of edible flowers in cake decorating. Using edible flowers can elevate your cakes from beautiful to breathtaking, adding a touch of nature's elegance to your creations. Whether you’re a professional baker or a home baking enthusiast, incorporating edible flowers into your cake designs can make your baked goods stand out. 

Why Use Edible Flowers in Cake Decorating?

Edible flowers offer a unique way to add colour, texture, and a hint of natural flavour to your cakes. They are a perfect addition for those looking to create cakes that are not only delicious but also visually stunning. Edible flowers can be used in a variety of ways, from garnishing to being mixed into the batter or frosting. They are versatile and can suit any occasion, whether it’s a wedding, birthday, or a simple afternoon tea.

Types of Edible Flowers for Cake Decorating

Not all flowers are edible, so it’s crucial to know which ones are safe for consumption. Here are some popular edible flowers that are perfect for cake decorating:

  1. Roses: Both petals and buds are edible and can be used fresh or crystallized. They have a delicate flavor that varies from sweet to slightly spicy.
  1. Lavender: Known for its aromatic fragrance, lavender adds a subtle floral flavor and works well in both the batter and as a decoration.
  1. Pansies: Available in a variety of colours, pansies are great for adding a pop of colour to your cakes. They have a mild, slightly sweet flavour.
  1. Marigolds: These vibrant flowers add a bold colour and have a slightly spicy taste, making them a unique addition to your cake designs.
  1. Violas: Similar to pansies but smaller, violas are perfect for intricate designs and have a mild flavour.
  1. Nasturtiums: Known for their bright colours and peppery flavour, nasturtiums are excellent for adding both visual and taste contrast to your cakes.
  1. Hibiscus: With a tart, cranberry-like flavour, hibiscus flowers can be used fresh or dried and add a striking red hue.

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How to Choose Edible Flowers

  1. Select Flowers Grown for Consumption: Ensure you use flowers specifically cultivated for eating. Avoid varieties from markets and garden centers as they might be treated with pesticides. Look for labels indicating "food grade," "edible," or "organic."
  1. Consult Local Experts: Wedding cake bakers and flower farmers can recommend the best sources for edible flowers in your area. Alternatively, you can also find them online.
  1. Consider Flavour Profiles: Choose flowers that complement your cake’s flavour. For example, while chive flowers are visually appealing, their onion-like taste and smell might not be suitable for a cake.
  1. Prioritize Freshness: Ideally, buy flowers on the day you plan to use them to ensure maximum freshness. If needed, you can store them in a dry bag or container in the refrigerator for a day or two, but be aware that waiting longer increases the risk of discoloration or wilting.
  1. Explore Local Options: Farmers' markets are excellent places to find fresh, edible flowers. You can also check with local restaurants or bars that use edible flowers in their dishes.
  1. Enquire with Florists: While florists rarely carry edible flowers, it’s worth calling and asking. Be very specific about your need for edible flowers to ensure they provide safe options.

How to Prepare Edible Flowers for Cake Decorating

To ensure your flowers are safe and ready for cake decorating, follow these steps:

  1. Source Responsibly: Use flowers that are specifically grown for culinary use. Avoid flowers from florists as they may contain pesticides. Growing your own or buying from reputable sources is ideal.
  1. Wash Thoroughly: Gently wash the flowers in cold water to remove any dirt or insects. Pat them dry with a paper towel.
  1. Trim Properly: Remove the stamens and pistils from flowers to avoid any bitterness. Use only the petals or entire small flowers like violas and pansies.
  1. Store Correctly: If not using immediately, store the flowers in the refrigerator. Place them between damp paper towels in an airtight container to keep them fresh.

Techniques for Decorating Cakes with Edible Flowers

Fresh Flower Garnishing

One of the simplest and most beautiful ways to use edible flowers is by garnishing your cakes with fresh blooms. Here’s how:

- Step 1: After preparing and icing your cake, select the flowers you want to use.

- Step 2: Arrange the flowers on the cake. You can place them around the edges, on top, or even cascade them down the sides for a dramatic effect.

- Step 3: For a more secure placement, you can insert the stems into the cake. Use flower picks or wrap the stems in floral tape to prevent direct contact with the cake.

Crystallized Flowers

Crystallizing flowers adds a sugary sparkle and preserves them for longer use. Here’s how to do it:

- Step 1: Whisk an egg white until frothy.

- Step 2: Use a small brush to lightly coat each petal or flower with the egg white.

- Step 3: Sprinkle fine sugar over the coated flowers, ensuring they are evenly covered.

- Step 4: Allow the flowers to dry on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 24 hours.

Flower-Infused Ingredients

Infusing flowers into your ingredients can add subtle floral notes to your cake. Here are a couple of methods:

- Lavender Sugar: Mix dried lavender with sugar and let it sit for a week. Use this sugar in your cake batter or frosting for a delicate lavender flavour.

- Rose Water: Add a few drops of rose water to your batter or frosting for a fragrant twist.

Floral Buttercream

Creating a floral buttercream involves incorporating edible flowers directly into your frosting:

- Step 1: Finely chop edible flowers such as pansies, violas, or lavender.

- Step 2: Fold the chopped flowers into your buttercream, ensuring even distribution.

- Step 3: Use the floral buttercream to ice your cake, giving it a colourful and textured look.

Tips for Using Edible Flowers in Cake Decorating

- Match Flavours: Ensure the flavours of the flowers complement the flavours of your cake. For example, lavender pairs well with lemon, while rose goes nicely with vanilla.

- Use Sparingly: A little goes a long way with edible flowers. Use them to enhance, not overpower, your cake’s flavour and appearance.

- Seasonal Availability: Choose flowers that are in season for the best quality and freshness.


Edible flowers are a wonderful way to add a natural and elegant touch to your cakes. By understanding which flowers are edible and how to prepare and use them, you can create stunning cake designs that are as delicious as they are beautiful. At Baking Pleasures, we offer a wide range of baking and cake decorating supplies to help you bring your floral cake creations to life. Explore our collection today and let your creativity blossom!

For more tips, supplies, and inspiration, visit Baking Pleasures and start exploring the world of edible flowers in cake decorating. Happy baking!

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