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Vellum Flower Cake DIY

by Chiara Alberetti Milott

I’ve always loved the way edible flowers – or frosted, or gum paste, or marzipan for that matter – look on a cake. But there are always these two problems for me- I’m afraid I’m going to inadvertently poison my guests, and they’re not always readily available (I think I’ve seen packages at Whole Foods, but that was eons ago). This is a pretty simple way to decorate a cake inspired by that look. I printed out vintage flower illustrations (found copyright-free here), cut them out, stuck them on toothpicks and skewers, and voila! A pretty cake! The genius of it is you can pick and choose your flowers, colors, leaves, etc to create whatever you wish– I’m pretty sure there’s no way those leaves I used would go with the flowers I used. Artistic license!

Materials needed: vellum, scissors, toothpicks, and wooden skewers.

Step 1: Choose your flowers and print them out on vellum paper (I found a package of 50 sheets at my local office supply store). Look for ‘overhead’ or  ‘bird’s-eye view’ flowers, since a picture of the side of a flower won’t work as well.

Step 2: Carefully cut out the flowers. Always cut just inside the edge so no white is showing.

Step 3: Snip off one tip of the toothpick (leaving one side pointy) and cut down a few skewers to about 4-6 inches (again, leave the pointy side pointy).

Step 4: Take the sharp edge of your toothpick or skewer and pierce the center of the flower.  You can add a leaf if you want to the same stick, or just leave it a single flower.

Step 5: Arrange your sticks in the cake with the tallest in the center, shortest around the edges.

Step 6: Enjoy!


  1. Gina

    October 3, 2012

    Beautiful!!! I, too, am a bid fan of printing my own but, I’ve never done so on vellum. I love it!

  2. Hello Sandwich

    October 3, 2012

    You are too too clever Miss!

  3. dede

    October 3, 2012

    So cute and clever! Love your blot.

  4. dede

    October 3, 2012

    I mean BLOG!!!

  5. Julie

    October 3, 2012

    Such a clever and very unique idea!

  6. Jordan

    October 3, 2012

    You could even print out the same flower multiple times and layer it to give it a more 3D effect. Too pretty!

  7. Michelle

    October 3, 2012

    Wow. These are really really beautiful.

  8. Et tu, tutu?

    October 3, 2012

    These are adorable! And edible flowers never taste very good anyways. 😛


  9. Corey

    October 3, 2012

    This is fantastic! I can’t wait to try this out! love love love!!

  10. how2home

    October 3, 2012

    This is such a great idea to dress up a cake. Great design!

  11. Fox and Beau

    October 3, 2012

    How cute are these! Thank you for the inspiration!

  12. Sarah

    October 3, 2012

    Wow, I love crafts that are EASY and beautiful. I am so doing this for my daughters birthday party this weekend.

    – Sarah

  13. Julia @ Live Pretty

    October 3, 2012

    What a beautiful idea! So easy for anyone to do to. Thank you for sharing.

  14. Helga

    October 3, 2012

    These are absolutely gorgeous – so simple and I love the fact that they are non-edible. Much better! I will have to try this for sure.

  15. Hilary

    October 4, 2012

    Such a lovely idea, absolutely beautiful.

  16. Fun Fun

    October 5, 2012

    This is so beautiful. I love how doable it is. Thanks

  17. Mollie Frances

    October 6, 2012

    Wow! I love the combination of vintage images with the vellum. I can’t wait to try this for upcoming baby shower cakes!

    I also want to give a shout out to your site which I ADORE. Keep going!


  18. Claire

    October 6, 2012

    Love these!!! I,m not sure we can get the same vellums in the uk, but there must be creative ways of making your own… Fab project!

  19. Kaity

    October 6, 2012

    this is such a clever idea! I love the look of the flowers on the vellum paper – that was a nice touch.

  20. Mabel and Zora

    October 8, 2012

    So so SO in love with this idea! Way to make your own dreams come true, sister!
    Love it, so unique and so simple!

  21. Sandra (Simply Peachy)

    October 9, 2012

    Wow this is so beautiful yet so easy! Great idea!

  22. Acer S Series

    October 10, 2012

    Absolutely love this blog! Beautiful! Pretty photos and ideas.

  23. lyndsay

    October 10, 2012

    i adore this… so lovely! i shared it on my facebook page too i was so excited!. can’t wait to try it! xo

  24. Amber

    October 10, 2012

    i love it

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