(Closed) will peonies hold up well on a wedding cake?

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I doubt they would work well on a cake (sorry!) They’re pretty delicate, and will probably start to wilt if they’re not in water for an extended period of time.  In fact, they’ll probably tell you to keep your bouquet in a vase of water whenever you aren’t holding it, but you can’t do that with cake flowers.  Have you considered having some gum paste peonies made?  You would only need a couple to make a big impact, and then there would be no need to worry about them wilting.  If your baker doesn’t have the skills to make them him/herself, see if they would be willing to use ones that you provided.  They’re available online in several places.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m not 100% sure but I don’t think you can put real peonies on a wedding cake. I’m pretty sure peonies are a relative of the oleander plant and I know oleanders are toxic, even fatal if ingested by humans or animals. I think this is something you need to look into first.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Peonies are listed as a toxic plant from what I can find here.  You may want to reconsider using them on the cake!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Just wanted to add, if you do want to buy some gumpaste ones (I had no idea the real ones were toxic!) here are a couple sites: http://www.shopbakersnook.com/133.html?m5:search%5Bkeyword%5D=peony;search%5BkeywordSearchType%5D=and;search%5BmatchWholeWords%5D=1;search%5BkeywordFields%5D=string0:code:text0;search%5Bfuzzy_sku%5D=1    and here: http://www.sugarcraft.com/catalog/flowers/flowers-gumpaste-i-z_pg2.htm#p 

They’re actually really reasonably priced…

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Peonies are my favorite too! Too bad my baker can’t make sugar peonies and my florist can’t find nice fake ones that aren’t too fake looking.

But if you get gum paste from michaels or a similar store and some food coloring, you can make them yourself. They’re pretty easy to make!

For my cake I cheated and made unopened peonies so they’re even easier!

 

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Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2010

PS: the inspiration was from the cover of a real simple magazine of an absolutely breath-taking cake

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Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

@beantown- Those look crazy awesome!

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2010

well the wedding happened (yay!) and the cake has been eaten.. oh but I was so happy with how it turned.. bragging a little here, heh heh..

The baker didn’t put the peonies exactly like the pictures but I actually think it was better that way!

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Congrats to you too!! Hey.. shouldn’t you be on your honeymoon right now? Get off the internet, haha!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@beantownbliss – what did you use for the center of your peony? i really want to make those for our cake since the flowers on the real simple cake look exactly like our invitation design.

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