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Did you know that edible flowers can be used as a garnish in cake decorating? There are many flowers that are edible. They are available from specialty markets that stock gourmet produce. They are rare in supermarkets. If you wrap them well, you can store them for up to a week in a refrigerator. However in that case they would only be suitable for making salads and not for cake decorating. If you want to use flowers for decorating cakes they must be fresh.
Ensure that the flowers you intend to use have not been sprayed with pesticides. You can check out the most popular edible flowers below:
- Violas, roses and pansies taste like grapes
- Chive blossoms taste like mild sweet onion
- Nasturtiums they have a peppery flavor
- Almonds, lavender, chamomile, lemon, borage, apple blossoms, orange blossoms, plum blossoms, squash blossoms and peach blossoms
- Jasmine, lilacs, violets, chrysanthemums, geraniums, daisies and marigolds.
Candied Flowers for Cake Decorating
You can use candied flowers for desserts and in cake decorating. Here is one recipe that you can easily make. It will take 8 hours and 15 minutes to prepare and will yield 2 dozen flowers.
cup beaten egg whites; cup superfine sugar, 2 cups edible flowers of your own choice.
Making Candied Flowers:
Clean the flowers and use a paper towel to dry them. Apply a thin layer of egg white with a paint brush on each side of the flower petals. Then place the flowers in a shallow bowl of superfine sugar and sprinkle more sugar over the flowers to create a coating. Ensure that the whole flower composition has been sprinkled with sugar. Remove the flowers and place them on a sheet of waxed paper. You need to ensure that the entire flower is covered with sugar by sprinkling another layer of sugar until this is achieved.
Allow the flowers to dry on waxed paper for 8 hours. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature until the composition is needed later. Flowers are a wonderful gift of nature. They are becoming more and more popular in cake decorating as they give cakes a beautiful look. You are likely to get many compliments for your choice of decoration whether it is on a wedding cake, birthday cake, anniversary or any other special occasion.
Initially you may find cake decorating pretty challenging, but with time you will start enjoying it and it will be great fun. It can even be very lucrative as a business. If you have an artistic background or are generally artistic then cake decorating business can be a piece of cake for you. You however need to keep up with the latest trends in order to continue offering your clients unique choices if you are running a cake decorating business.
Just as with other things in life, there are people who hold on to traditional designs yet others look for new creative designs; so it will be in your business. You will need to cater for both types: those who want to stick with the white or ivory wedding cake design and those looking for new out of the mold designs.
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