Purchasing edible flowers for cakes can be a tricky affair. It's paramount to select those that are 100 percent edible and preferably organic. Popular varieties of edible flowers include roses, violets, pansies, marigolds and jasmine, just to name a few.
Your best bet is to swing by your local farmers' market and look for vendors of edible flowers who can also offer advice on the best way to use them. Some flowers may be better suited for savory dishes so it's important to be specific when asking about edible flowers for cakes.
Below are three creative ways of using roses, violets and lavender in your baked goods:
GLUTEN FREE CUPCAKES WITH VIOLETS
Crystalized violets add a sweet touch to these adorable gluten-free cupcakes topped with freshly whipped cream.
ROSE AND LYCHEE CUPCAKES
We love the exotic combination of tropical lychee fruit with fresh rose petals in this fun cupcake recipe ideal for weddings, baby showers or birthdays.
TIRAMISU WITH LAVENDER
Lavender not only adds a lovely burst of color to this unconventional tiramisu but also a delicate flavor and aroma. It's a great edible flower for cakes, baked goods and tea.