Bright, bold and vibrant - Dahlias are a great choice to brighten up your wedding day or event. And they make excellent additions to cakes either as part of a bright floral display or as the main event, creating a striking and modern look. Here's my sugar dahlia in striking red. Dahlia's come in all sorts of colours though, so any colour schemes can be applied.

Dahli sugar flower

There are many varieties, but the typical dahlia is ball-shaped with a tightly packed sphere of petals. The uniform nature of the petals make them a truly stunning flower to feature in any floral display, whether real or made from sugar.

The dahlia symbolises dignity, and it gained huge popularity in Britain during the Victorian years, becoming one of the most fashionable flowers to be spotted in aristocrats' gardens. There is even a variety named after Charles Dickens's supremely dignified heroine Little Dorrit. 

Dahlia sugar flower, Language of Flowers

Europeans discovered the dahlia in Mexico during the sixteenth century but it wasn't brought to Europe until the early nineteenth century. It is at this time that it started appearing in English gardens. The flower thrived, with a poet (anonymous) praising it's ability to grow 'though severed from its native clime."

Interested in flowers and their meaning? I recommend Mandy Kirkby's The Language of Flowers which explores the Victorian tradition of applying meaning to the gift of flowers.

If you're planning bright florals for your wedding, or any other special events, contact Caked to ask about designs for your cake, cupcakes, cookies and more!