If you own a flower press, you may use it for creating all kinds of beautiful items from adorning homemade cards to decorating your home, but have you ever thought to add your pressed creations to a cake?
This Mother’s Day, spoil mum or someone special in your life with a homemade pressed edible flower cake. It’s a delicious work of art they will truly enjoy!
Type of flowers to use
When adorning a cake with flowers, be sure to only use organically grown edible flowers. There are many edible flower varieties you can try, be we recommend Nasturtiums, Violas, and Cornflowers as they press well and retain their colour.
Pressing flowers takes a few weeks, so plan the cake decoration in advance. For best results when pressing flowers, use a flower press and avoid flowers with big thick cores such as roses as these won’t flatten well. You can cut thicker flowers up into sections, or even just press the petals on their own. Learn more about pressing flowers here.
Press a combination of petals, flower heads and flowers with their stem attached. Using a variety of pressed flowers and foliage will create an aesthetically beautiful cake.
Type of cake to bake
There is no rule as to the type of cake you should make, in fact, any type of cake looks beautiful when decorated with flowers, however before baking your cake, consider the height and shape of the cake. If you can make a tall or tiered cake you will be able to decorate the sides as well as the top of the cake whereas a short cake will only give you the top surface to decorate.
Type of icing to make
Only add pressed flowers to your cake before you’re ready to serve it. As pressed flowers are dried out, any moisture they absorb will make them soft again.
If you only want to add pressed flowers to the top of your cake then any icing will be fine to use, however if you want to decorate the sides of your cake then it’s best to use buttercream icing as it’s soft enough to hold the pressed flowers in place.
When adding pressed flowers to your cake, if some flowers aren’t holding well, gently press a wooden toothpick into a section of the flower and then push the toothpick into the cake.
Image credit: Blushing Cook. View more creations here.