Many people will argue that nothing can beat the beauty of a real flower. I tend to agree with this type of thinking. When I think back to my own wedding (almost 10 yrs ago!!), I was dead set on having real flowers on my wedding cake. When I went for my cake tasting, the pastry chef sort of brushed over the idea of even having sugar flowers. He said they were way too expensive and that I would be better off with the real thing. Being that I already had my mind up anyway, I didn’t even push the option. Was it even possible that a sugar flower could even compete in beauty to a real flower? (Believe it or not, at that time I was finishing up my masters degree in Special Education and had no idea that cake art was in my future.)
You be the judge. Here are two pictures of scabiosa flowers. One is a real flower and the other is a sugar flower. Take a close look at both.
The flower on the left is a real flower and the one on the right is a sugar flower. (This was actually our first scabiosa sugar flower that we ever made. We think it turned out pretty well!)
Here’s another pair of flower pictures. Both are cymbidium orchids. The one of the left is a sugar flower and the one on the right is a real flower.
Just a few more examples of our sugar flower work…. (clockwise: carnations, alstromeria, billy buttons, lisianthus, large bloom rose, gardenia and gerber daisies)
While we are pretty darn proud of our sugar flower work at Cake Couture, we realize that our work is not even close to some of the great sugar artists in the world. If we showed you pictures of sugar flowers made by Robert Haynes, we are sure that you would agree! His work is impeccable and impossible to tell apart from the real thing.
At Cake Couture the majority of our wedding cakes use sugar flowers. Honestly, as much as we love making sugar flowers, we definitely don’t push them on our clients. Sugar flowers are labor intensive to make which makes them a more expensive flower option. Also, while sugar flowers are edible, they are definitely not palatable. And still after all of this, most of our couples decide to go the sugar flower route.
If you ask me (Mindy), I think couples opt to go the sugar flower route with us because of the “AWESOMENESS VALUE” of our flowers. (Yes, this is a real term in our shop.) How cool is it to say that the flowers are made of sugar? We make each and every one of our flowers by hand. Even our gumpaste is made from scratch. Your wedding cake really does become one of the things that your guests will remember most. Many of our past wedding couples still tell us what a big hit their cake was. We’ve had a bride recently comment about how she had to touch the flowers to believe that they were not real.
The other really awesome thing about sugar flowers is that they can last forever. My next door neighbor is a pastry chef and she made her entire wedding bouquet out of sugar flowers. She was married over 30yrs ago and still has her flowers today. We have brides who have put their sugar flowers in vases and stored them in a display cabinet.
Let’s also not forget about the fact that sugar flowers helps you in avoiding the risk of contaminating your cake with pesticides or infested by insects. (Honestly, we feel this risk is low. Florists are professionals and understand the risks involved and how to avoid them. Just always be sure to communicate with your florist. Some flowers are poisonous and should never be placed near food.)
So if you had to pick between sugar flowers or real flowers on your wedding cake? Which would you choose?
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