Saturday, 21 January 2012

Decorating my bird cage cake

Decorating my bird cage cake

Several weeks ago I shared with you my Christmas cake, shaped like a bird cage and then how to marzipan bird cage shaped cake. Last week I shared how I iced my cake, so finally this week I show you how I decorated it!

How to decorate bird cage shaped cake
Ingredients


Equipment
  • Rolling pin
  • Bakers twine
  • Pins
  • Piping bag fitted with small circular nozzle
  • Wooden cocktail sticks
  • FMM textured lace set


Method
Decorating my bird cage shaped cake steps 1-4

  • To get your bird cage even, start by placing a length of bakers twine over the top of your cake and pin in place, so that you have divided the cake in half
  • Continue pinning bakers twine to your cake until you have segmented the cake into 12 pieces
  • Lightly push the string into the cake so you are left with small indentations and remove string entirely
  • Lightly sieve icing sugar on to your work top and knead white icing until soft and pliable. Then, using a rolling pin, roll into a long shape about 5mm thick, i.e. at least the width of the lace imprint and long enough to go round the cake


Decorating my bird cage shaped cake steps 5-8
  • Push lace imprint into rolled out icing strip, continue until strip has imprint from end to end. Using a sharp knife, trim sides of strip, lightly brush cooled boiled water onto back of strip and adhere to bottom of cake. Trim off excess at ends
  • Make up royal icing as package instructions
  • Spoon into piping bag fitted with circular nozzle


Decorating my bird cage shaped cake steps 9-12
  • Starting at the top of the cake, carefully pipe a strip of royal icing down one of the indentations in the cake
  • Continue until you have all of the cage spindles piped
  • Roll out fondant icing as before and cut a small circle out using a round cookie cutter, lightly brush the back of your fondant circle with water and place at top of the cake in the centre
  • Then roll a small ball out of white fondant icing and attach to the top of the cake using a wooden tooth pick


Decorating my bird cage shaped cake steps 13-16
  • Lightly sieve icing sugar on to your work top and knead white icing until soft and pliable. Then, using a rolling pin, roll into a long shape about 5mm thick, that is at least the width of the lace imprint and long enough to go round the cake
  • Push lace imprint into rolled out icing strip, continue until strip has imprint from end to end
  • Using a sharp knife, trim sides of strip, lightly brush cooled boiled water onto back of strip and adhere to the top straight part of the cake. Trim off excess at ends


Decorating my bird cage shaped cake steps 17-20
  • Brush edible white glitter on to spindles of cage
  • Continue brushing white edible glitter on to cage
  • Brush aqua cake shimmer onto blue icing
  • Work out the position of your petal paste bird and push bird foot into cake


Decorating my bird cage shaped cake steps 21-24
  • Pipe a small dab of white royal icing onto the front of your fondant bird, line bird up with its foot and push into the side of the cake
  • Pipe a small dab of royal icing onto the back of the fondant roses and place them at the top and bottom of the cake
  • Pipe a small dab of royal icing onto the back of the holly leaves and place them at the top and bottom of the cake


Putting the finishing touches on my Christmas cake
  • Pipe a small dab of white royal icing onto the edible pink beads and place next to the holly leaves on the cake
  • Using edible glitters, dust roses with pink glitter and leaves with green glitter
  • Pipe a small dab of white royal icing onto the back of the snowflakes and place on cake
  • Attach iced ring to ball on top of cake and lightly dust entire cake with sieved icing sugar


Here it is on my Winter Wonderland table

Bird cage cake

Have a sweet day!
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13 comments:

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    1. This is absolutely wonderful! Very impressive!

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  2. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!!!!!!! It is so pretty I don't know how you could possibly cut into it! Just beautiful!
    Blessings!

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  3. Can this be real? I am in heaven :-)))) The most beautiful cake in the whole world!

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  4. I love these things!! Have a happy day! Greetings Riitta Sinikka.

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  5. that is so amazingly beautiful! fantastic job!

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  6. Espectacular. Felicitaciones

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  7. awesome i want this for my party blow my friends away. pleading mum to make it for me but i don't know if it will exactly replicate this

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  8. what baking pans do you use and how do you get the dome shape top,,,,,is it all butercream or a tin

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    1. Hi, please click the "gluten free bird shaped cake" and it will take you to photos of the cake, I used a ball shaped cake tin, but only one half!

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