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#1 bridalbloomsbylaura

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    Posted 13 March 2009 - 02:03 PM

    Hi everyone

    I thought I'd mention something EXTREMELY IMPORTANT regarding fresh flowers and wedding cake.

    Fresh flowers contain toxins and bacteria (Ivy and delphiniums to name a few) and when inserted directly in a wedding cake those toxins or bacteria can can get into your cake and can make your guests sick.


    From what I read and learnt as a florist, there aren't any safe non-toxic flowers unless they have been grown organically with no pesticides or toxins.


    Please take precaution and DO NOT ask your baker or your florist to insert fresh flowers directly into your wedding cake, unless they are in a container or the stems are wrapped tightly and nothing seeps out.


    Just to be absolutely safe, a good alternative would be to use sugar flowers (you can ask your baker to make them for you) or you can use fake flowers (which you should clean before inserting in the cake).

    Also, you can ask your florist to make you an arrangement in a container, to be inserted in between the layers of the cake (again, this may not work for all cakes - it all depends on design)

    Here's a link to an article with useful information
    List of Non-Toxic Flowers for Garnishing your Cake on CakeCentral.com

    Laura


    #2 Sunkissed Bride

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      Posted 13 March 2009 - 02:08 PM

      Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

      I wasn't sure if it was safe. Thanks for clearing that up.

      #3 Michelle613

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        Posted 13 March 2009 - 02:28 PM

        Do you think wedding coordinators know this information? I know that my cake is going to have flowers on top and around to decorate it and now I'm worried they wont be clean. Thanks for the heads up!
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        #4 JulieG

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          Posted 13 March 2009 - 03:17 PM

          You can do what I did for my friends wedding, I cut the stems off and used a decorative pin and pushed it through the flower and then pushed the pin into the fondant (icing on the cake). They stayed put and looked great. Just an FYI

          #5 sunstarsmoon

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            Posted 13 March 2009 - 04:10 PM

            Thanks for the heads up.
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            #6 MarieSam

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              Posted 13 March 2009 - 06:24 PM

              This is a great thread -- very valuable info because I think many brides use fresh flowers on their DW cakes. Thanks so much!

              #7 H&F

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                Posted 13 March 2009 - 07:09 PM

                That's interesting. I was wondering if it was safe but thought that since it's so common it must be. Thanks for sharing the info!

                #8 tylersgirl

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                  Posted 13 March 2009 - 07:53 PM

                  I am so glad you posted this because my baker for my AHR cake here said the exact same things you are saying above. Even though I like the look of the fresh flowers, I do not want to risk getting sick, bugs on the cake from the flowers, etc. so I am letting the RIU know NOT to put any flowers on my cake in Mexico =) Thanks!

                  #9 **~Jenn~**

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                    Posted 13 March 2009 - 08:12 PM

                    What about just Rose petals LOL I don't really want fresh flwers on the cake, I was going to ask for Sugar flowers anyway, or I was going to get rose petals only.
                    Are they any better?
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                    #10 egsarah

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                      Posted 13 March 2009 - 08:15 PM

                      Thanks for the tip!! The last thing I want to do is get my guests sick!!




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