I’ve been making some paper flowers to use on cakes, and based on the number of people who have bought them for me, they’re a good option for wedding cake decorations.
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For anyone who has reservations about using them, I ask you this…Why not use them, if you would use fresh flowers?
Real flowers are a lot dirtier, plus, they have pesticides on them.
(For an article that shows some cakes with fresh flowers and talks about the precautions to use with them, click here.)
Oh, you put something between the flowers and the cake? Then do the same thing for paper flowers and you should have no issues with it.
(For a cake with fondant ribbon roses, click here.)
Yes, I prefer to have everything on a cake edible, but honestly, if gumpaste has wires in it, is it really “edible?” And if it doesn’t, would you want to eat it anyway?
The best idea would be to have all flowers made out of chocolate with no wires, but that isn’t done too often and it doesn’t work in hot weather.
And wafer paper can make pretty flowers, but it’s sensitive to moisture, so humidity can really make the flowers sag and wilt.
Real paper or crepe paper is a good option for all types of weather, and paper flowers can be made to look very realistic.
If you’re interested in learning how to make some really beautiful paper flowers, check out the tutorials and paper from Lia Griffith.
She makes gorgeous crepe paper flowers, and she sells the tools and materials to make them on her website here: Felt, Paper, Scissors.
For the yellow dahlia flower, I used a heavy-duty crepe paper and colored it with food coloring so that I wasn’t adding dyes that weren’t food-safe.
The white paper flowers are either tissue paper, coffee filters, or cardstock.
These can be made with non-toxic glue, and they’re fine to use with cakes.
Cupcake wrappers are made from paper, so if you’re really concerned about it you can use those to make flowers!
So try some paper flowers…They’re pretty and they’re not affected by humidity, so they work fine for outdoor weddings in the humid, humid summer.