Hi everyone! Last week we added a sweet little birdcage cake video tutorial to the site, and as it turns out–people LOVE birdcage cakes! Who knew? I think it was one of the biggest responses we’ve had to a cake on our Facebook page–I guess everyone is in the mood for springtime themes, and birds—-lots of birds! So, for today’s blog tutorial we thought we would continue the theme just a little bit longer — This time, we are working with cupcakes.
First, I rolled out some fondant (tinted Americolor Sky Blue). I kneaded in a little bit of tylose to help it dry more quickly and also so that I could roll it a little thinner.
Then, I took my oval cookie cutter and cut out birdcage shapes. You can see that there is no need to cut the entire oval…just enough to get the shape that you need.
I cut out pink birdcages too (mine are tinted with Americolor Deep Pink). Then, I took some piping consistency royal icing and used a Wilton tip 2 to pipe on my birdcage.
Once the royal had a chance to set (which only took about 15 minutes or so), I piped on royal icing flowers. You can see that these are all very simple–lots of little dots and swirlies and teadrop shaped leaves. (My royal icing leaves are tinted with Americolor Electric Green).
Next, we needed some little birds! To make them, I just flattened a small ball of fondant into a circle and then gave it a little pinch to form the tail. After a few minutes, the fondant had set enough that I could draw on an eye and wing with a food coloring pen– I also pressed on a little tiny yellow fondant beak (but yellow royal would have worked well too) – I glued it to the cage with a dot of royal icing.
Here are some more birdies waiting in the wings. :0) –I wound up not needing all of them…but I used several. The larger ones are great all by themselves for cupcake toppers.
I also decided to mix it up a little bit for those of you who don’t want fondant cupcake toppers—this simple design also goes nicely with our theme~
First, pipe on a swirl of crusting buttercream (any medium to large round tip will work fine with this). Wait a few minutes and then smooth with a Viva brand paper towel. (Viva has no impressions or quilting).
Then, I just piped intersecting lines of vanilla buttercream and embellished with a squiggle here and there–and small buttercream flowers on top. All of these accents were piped with a Wilton tip 2.
I hope you’ll experiment with the designs above and make them your own! Also, as a little side note, a crusting buttercream could be used to pipe the birdcages if you would rather not make royal icing. Cookie birdcages would make sweet cake toppers too! Whatever you do, I know that your family and friends (and customers) will LOVE them!
Here’s a group shot~
Thanks for stopping by~Have a great week!