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If you love flowers on your cake, but don't want to try to create them from icing, there's a quick alternative that is colorful and edible -- real flowers. Just verify first that any flower you plan to eat is safe -- a number of websites can help you with this.

Verify that the flowers you are using are edible and that they have not been treated with pesticides. If you have any doubts, consult an expert.

Wash your flowers -- gently! Then, using your paper towel, pat them dry. Spread them out on paper towels or newspapers.

Using your egg white or egg substitute and the food safe paintbrush, gently spread a small amount of egg white or egg substitute over the petals of your flowers.

Sprinkle your sugar over the flower. Gently lift your flowers and shake off excess sugar. Let them dry in a warm spot for about an hour. Assuming that you are using fresh flowers, they will only be good for a couple of days. If you are using dried or pressed flowers, you can store them in a airtight container for a few months. Keep them away from bright light.

Tip

Granulated sugar is fine for most flowers, but you may find that a finer grain is better suited for some flowers. If you can't find a fine sugar, just run your granulated sugar through the food processor for a few pulses -- not too much or you will have powdered sugar.

Warning

Note that organic does not mean safe for eating, it simply refers to the methods used to grow the plants.