Hi everybody! Today we're sharing a pretty Flamingo Cake for your beach, luau, or just-for-fun summertime gatherings!
In the tutorial, we demonstrate three techniques: the tri-colored buttercream stucco texture of the bottom tier, a nice and smooth buttercream ombre on the top tier, and of course, our flamingos! We hope that you enjoy the tutorial, make sure to scroll beneath the video for materials and a few notes!
In the tutorial, we are working with a 6" double barrel tier and an 8" standard sized tier. These are actually dummy tiers, but if you have questions about creating a double barrel (tall) cake, we demonstrate in our Carousel Cake Video (9:40 mark)
Crusting Vanilla Buttercream frosting of choice (We used our Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream recipe from the recipes section. Our Classic Vanilla Buttercream is a good choice also.)
Viva brand paper towels (if smoothing the ombre top tier as we did)
Fondant for the flamingos
Coloring Gels: Americolor Teal, Wilton Rose, Americolor Super Black, Bright White (optional- for marking on beak)
Black Food Coloring Pen (for eyes and Beaks)
Piping Tips: Wilton 2 for legs, 3 for top bead border
Small rounded spatula (or similar utensil) for spackled look
Clay Extruder (Mine is a Makin's Ultimate Clay Extruder -aff) -- If you don't have one, just roll snakes of fondant by hand for a similar look!
Gum Paste or Fondant with tylose kneaded into it for the plaque, along with two circle cutters in the desired size.
FMM Funky Alphabet Tappit Cutters
Miscellaneous: Turntable, cake cardboards cut to size for each tier, appropriate supports/bubble tea straws, ribbon for the plaque, piping gel
*At the last minute before photographing, I added a small bead border to the top tier. I did this with a Wilton 3 piping tip. I liked it with no border at all also ;0)
-In the video, I attach the birds' bodies and necks separately. This is mainly because I did not allow them to dry in advance. If you'd rather attach the necks to their oval bodies with a little tylose glue and dry overnight, you could go that route as well!
-I piped the flamingos legs with a Wilton 2 piping tip. If you aren't a fan of piping straight lines directly onto the cake, you could also use either extruded fondant, or pipe lines of chocolate onto waxed paper, chill until firm, and then apply your favorite legs to the cake.
- I always chill my tiers before stacking.
We have a couple of other flamingo cake tutorials on our site! Here is a sweet buttercream flamingo ruffle cake design:
And here is another sweet flamingo bride and groom cake topper design!:
Enjoy the Video!
Thanks so much fro stopping by! If you give this flamingo cake a try, we would love for you to leave a comment or photo below!
Little nervous about making this cake, but going to try it after watching your video for my granddaughter, will post how it turns out...thank you!
@Shari- Great!! So glad you are making it!
My granddaughter made this cake for her 11th birthday will just a little help!