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Garden Variety

Martha Stewart Weddings, Volume 33 2005

A cake abloom with flowers symbolizes the beauty and promise of your wedding day.

Fresh flowers are the stars of simply iced cakes -- and they can mirror the wedding's theme as well. Sleek calla lilies befit a sophisticated event, while fluttery carnations emphasize romance. Edible flowers, such as roses and violets, are lovely cake decorations and delightful accompaniments when served alongside each slice (make sure they're organically grown by a reputable source).

Flowers that aren't edible may be used as well: Place nontoxic blooms, such as tulips, on the tiers and remove them just before serving. Or they could be arranged on Styrofoam layers or clear acetate so they don't touch the icing. Let your florist and baker guide you in cultivating a confection that's as spectacular as nature itself.

Parrot-Tulip Quartet
Ruffly Rose-Petal Garland
Curling Calla-Lily Tower
Fluffy Carnation Frills
Garden of Sweet Delights

Comments (2)

  • SisiL 2 Jun, 2009

    This is a lovely idea!!! Just don't tell the bakery they are for a wedding, or they will charge you a fortune for some simple cheap cakes. Tell them you are getting them for a birthday or some other party :-) They always charge a premium for weddings!!!!

  • marthajose 27 Apr, 2009