Fresh flowers on a wedding cake
Does anyone know how best to apply fresh roses to a wedding cake if the surface is fondant?
If you want the flowers for the top tier, in the form of a bouquet, just tell your florist that, and the diameter of the tier. They should know how to make the bouquet so it can be used on the top of the cake. For individual flowers to be put on the cake I just leave some stem on and poke it through the fondant.
Instead of simply poking the stem into the cake
and risking part of the stem / thorn being
dislodged into the cake which could be dangerous,
would suggest trying to use birthday candle holders
and cutting the stem to a reasonable size so that
the roses do not fall off the holder.
I had fresh flowers on my wedding cake, and my cake decorator (also my aunt) used a special plastic mini (2 inches long and 1/4 inch wide) 'vase' that could be stuck into the fondant. I imagine they're probably available from confectioners or baking/cooking stores.
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You can also trim the stems short and pierce the base of the bud with flower wire, then use the wire to poke through the fondant. You just can't do this very far in advance or your flowers will wilt.