Pressed flowers are not only beautiful on their own, but more and more, cake decorators are incorporating them into cake designs for a look that is uniquely elegant.
Decorating Cakes with Pressed Flowers
In today's short video tutorial, I will demonstrate how easily you can achieve this look with pressed, dried pansies and Boston ferns. We love how the cake turned out, and this design would be perfect for occasions of any kind, from showers, to birthdays and weddings.
Pansies were a great choice for us as they are readily available this time of year, but you can use the same pressed flower technique on flowers of any kind, as long as you are careful to choose flowers that are food safe. (There are many sites online that list toxic flowers).
Materials & Notes for Pressed Flowers Cake
We decorated a two tiered cake (6 inch tier and 8 inch tier) which was frosted with our Classic Vanilla Buttercream recipe. As usual with tiered cakes, each tier was resting on it's own cake cardboard cut to the size of the cake.
The top cake tier was supported from beneath by 4 bubble tea straws. (For more information of tier stacking, click here)
How to Press Flowers for Cake Decorating
We pressed our pansies and ferns between parchment paper, placed inside of a book, and then placed a heavy book on top. We left them for two weeks to dry. After two weeks, they were very dry and paper-like.
Please note that in some cases, and with thicker flowers or petals, dry times will vary. It may take closer to 3 weeks.
Flowers may be applied to the cake with dots of buttercream or piping gel, however if your cake has been chilled to firm up the buttercream, the slight condensation that forms on the frosting may also serve as an adhesive for your flowers. Or, if working with a freshly frosted cake that has not crusted, the flowers will adhere with no trouble.
Piping Tips: We used a small round piping tip 3 to pipe a bead border at the base of both tiers after stacking the cake. I actually piped a stacked bead border on the base of the bottom tier.
Cake pedestal or sturdy cake base/drum of choice
Miscellaneous: piping gel (or edible adhesive of choice), small paintbrush, heavy books for pressing, parchment paper
Can you Press Flowers with an Iron?
We experimented with using an iron to speed up the process of pressing flowers as is described in many articles online. However, using the book method was our preference.
If you are in a time crunch, you can iron your flowers between parchment paper on low heat for about 15 seconds. Allow to cool for 15 seconds, then repeat. You can find more information on this process HERE.
With the ironing method, it took many rounds of ironing/cooling before the pansies became dry. My preference is the "heavy book" method, but ironing is a good option when you are in a time crunch.