A creative and practical guide to making an edible leaf wedding cake
Charlie / 12 April 2016
I was blown away by this unusually decorated wedding cake with its edible leaves, a fantastic collaboration between TNWC recommended supplier Maddocks Farm Organics and Bees Bakery. If you’ve read our blog for any length of time you’ll know we are big fans of edible flowers, but edible leaves on a wedding cake? It may sound odd, but as you can see from this beautiful cake it creates the most stunning effect. It is both modern and natural, and feels like it could have been painted on. I particularly like the combination of purples and greens used.
Sourcing Edible Flowers For Wedding Cakes
Whilst this is a design you could ask a wedding cake maker to create for you, Maddocks Farm Organics have helpfully given some tips on how to do it yourself. Firstly, it’s important to remember these key points about using edible leaves:
- Flowers and leaves should not be eaten unless sourced from a reputable organic supplier of edible varieties (we recommend these edible flower suppliers).
- Many flowers and leaves are poisonous and can cause a whole range of serious symptoms if ingested. Even if you don’t plan to eat them, it is wise not to attach them to any food items in case they are mistaken for being edible when they are not. Even if they are just decoration, sap or fine hairs could leech onto your cake and cause irritation.
- Do not be tempted to pick up supermarket or regular floristry flowers to decorate your cake. They are routinely sprayed with chemicals that you absolutely do not want to be ingesting or touching your wedding cake.
So when sourcing your edible flowers or leaves, ensure that you 1) buy from a reputable organic supplier; 2) Ask your supplier how they are grown, picked and processed; and 3) Discuss with your supplier how you want to use them.
How To Use Edible Leaves On Wedding Cakes
With that in mind, here’s Maddocks Farm Organics top tips on how to use edible leaves on your wedding cake:
- Edible leaves work best when pressed into buttercream.
- They should be added to your cake on the day of your wedding.
- Choose from organically grown leaves, herbs and wild foragings.
- Use clover shaped and fern shaped edible leaves in a variety of shades to create a striking design (like the one above).
- More robust varieties include rosemary and lavender (examples below, but please note I am not sure if any of the other flowers/leaves shown on the cakes are suitable, as per the advice above – please check with your supplier).
If you’re inspired by this design and the idea of using edible leaves (or flowers), then we highly recommend you check out the full guide to using edible leaves on wedding cakes and using fresh flowers on wedding cakes.
Images: (1+2) Emily Takes Pictures with Bees Bakery and Maddocks Farm Organics; (collage) natural rosemary wreathed wedding cake, lavender cake, lavender wedding cake stack of crepes, wild and natural cheese wedding cake, croquembouche decorated with lavender
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