DIY FRESH FLORAL CAKE TOPPER
I would love to be able to tell you that I baked this cake along with decorating it but sadly, I just did the fresh floral topper.
For anyone else out there that doesn’t have time to bake a cake on their own but wants a floral topper, I’ll walk you through how I got this done.
It’s really shockingly simple, if you can get yourself organized and find some killer inspiration, you’re good to go.
It’s all about finding inspiration. I created an entire pinterest board and saved and categorized images of cakes I liked on Instagram.
DECIDE ON A FLAVOR
Nick and I chatted about what flavour we would like our wedding cake to be and landed on lemon for a couple of reasons.
1. We both love Erin Ireland’s ‘To Die For’ Lemon Loaf and thought a lemon cake would be the perfect choice for our wedding. It would be light and refreshing which would be perfect for our wedding because it will be taking place on a hot summer day in August.
2. Because Meghan Markle’s and Prince Harry’s wedding cake was Lemon Elderflower and the second I heard that my mouth started watering.
DECIDE ON A BAKERY AND ORDER
Once we decided on lemon cake, I phoned our favourite bakery, butter baked goods and ordered a cake that was an appropriate size for the number of guests we would have at our engagement lunch.
Their lemon cake normally comes with lemon gummies, piping and a message written in icing across the top should you want one. I requested that they leave the cake completely blank and they did exactly that.
I also requested the cake was ready for the morning of the event because we had enough time to pick it up in the morning before our engagement lunch and that way the cake would be freshly made.
PICK OUT A FLORIST
I didn’t really think about this enough but luckily everything worked out okay on the day. After we picked up the cake, we just googled florists’s in the same area where we were picking up the cake and waited for the one that looked the most promising to open (my dad and I had to kill 40 minutes). If I were to do this over again, I would have looked it up before hand, figured out what time they opened and what type of flowers they had to make sure it worked with my vision. You will definitely want a florist that sells individual flowers.
PICK UP THE CAKE
My dad and I picked up the cake on the morning of the engagement lunch, right when butter baked goods opened.
PICK UP THE FLOWERS
Stop by the florist you’ve chosen, bring in your inspirational fresh flower cake images with you and pick out some flowers that you think could work. I was largely inspired by Violet Cake’s London’s beautiful butter cream frosting, deckled edge cakes , with flowers and flower petals organically scattered across the top of the cake.
I picked out a few more flowers than I needed just to be safe and headed back home to get the cake ready.
ARRANGE THE FLOWERS
And now for the fun part, arranging the flowers on the cake.
I was SO nervous about this! I looked at my inspiration pictures about a million times before I cut my first flower and when I placed the first bud on the cake, my heart nearly pounded right through my chest.
I analyzed my cake inspiration image and it looked like they started with some of the buds so I cut it longer than I needed it to be and trimmed it from there just to be safe.
Then I cut the two roses. I left enough stem on them so I could stick them into the cake. I again revisited my picture for inspiration and placed the two buds very carefully and precisely on the cake.
Finally I added a few more little buds and decided against adding a few rose petals to the other side of the cake like in my inspiration image. The top of the cake seamed too big to do that and because the cake had a smooth edge rather than a deckled edge, I felt like the petals didn’t suit it so I left the cake as it was, packaged it back up and voila!.