Today, we have a CUTE Mama Bird cake tutorial to share with a “She’s on the Nest” theme! This design would be perfect for baby showers!
It all starts with a mini wonder mold cake. Wilton’s mini wonder mold pan can make 4 little cakes at a time. I usually just fill one or two cavities & make cake toppers from them. These little domes are such a cute size & shape to work with, and there are tons of design options.
Let’s get started!
Our mini wonder mold cake is a little wide for a mama bird, so I did a little trimming. This is an optional step but it helped to give the bird a more rounded look.
Next, I piped our crusting Classic Vanilla Buttercream onto the cake using a Wilton tip 12.
Smooth the frosting as best you can with a small spatula, removing the excess. I had to boost my Mama Bird onto an inverted bowl to get a better angle.
After about ten minutes, I was able to smooth over the crusting buttercream for a nice, smooth finish. This technique is referred to as the Vivia Paper Towel method of smoothing because Viva brand paper towels have no quilting or impressions.
If you are not working with a crusting buttercream, you could try the hot knife method of smoothing, which involves freezing the little cake (just leave it on the bowl) for 10 minutes or just until firm. Then go over with a hot spatula to smooth things out.
You could also use a little texture on your bird if you’d rather! There’s really no wrong way to go here.
Look how cute!! We added mini chocolate chip eyes and piped on wings, lashes, and a beak with a small round tip 3.
Now, for a little Mama Bird hat!
To create the hat I piped a small circle of ruffles with a petal tip 104. (Remember with petal tips, the thin end of the opening is pointing out so that you get a nice thin edge.) I finished things off with a nice dollop of frosting in the center, piped with a Wilton tip 12.
Now that our tiny Mama Bird cake is ready, it’s time to make the nest! I covered a small bowl with foil.
Next, I filled a disposable piping bag with melted chocolate candy coating and snipped away the tip (no piping tip necessary). I piped the nest as you see below.
Then, I froze for about 5-10 minutes or until firm.
And here we are! I used a large closed star tip (2D) to create a ruffled effect around the sides of the cake. Our Classic Vanilla Buttercream is tinted with ivory coloring.
I chilled my mama bird in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes until the frosting hardened before picking her up and placing her in the nest! Isn’t she sweet?
This cake would be so ADORABLE for a baby shower! We hope that you enjoyed it!