This is by far the most fun cake I have made. My sister-in-law LOVES birds and for her birthday I knew that I wanted to make a birdhouse cake for her. I went on google and typed in bird cake images and found a slew of ideas for this project. Believe me there are many wonderful cake decorators out there with awesome ideas.
How I chose what to do is simple. I wanted a clean and detailed cake design that I, a novice, could do. I know that I am not proficient at clean straight lines so I picked a round design. I used 8 " round cake pans and made four layers. I used my small Pyrex bowl for the round top and trimmed the bottom to fit the height I wanted. I also used stabelizers to support the roof and weight.
I made my yellow Black Eyed Susans out of gum paste and used the daisy cutter. I used petal dust as a finisher. For the centers I used a mold to create it, covered it with smokey petal dust and bronze sparkle dust. For the leaves I used a vainer to get the right look on the leaves and then brushed bronze petal dust on the edges. I wanted the house to have a glittered look but not too overwhelming. I also used a mold to make the little blue bird on the branch to the left of the door. The mold I found in Walmart. It's a Wilton mold with tree branches, flowers, leaves, and bird all on one.
I made a white cake with a chocolate ganache filling. White cakes are hard because they are crumbly. I need to find one that isn't too dense but not so crumbly either.
The red flowers on the cake I made while at my Mom's this past summer. I was practicing different types of flowers and I liked this trumpet shaped flower so I stored them until I found the right project. They were the perfect fit for color in this arrangement.
For the base fondant color of the birdhouse itself I chose an eggshell blue. My sister's favorite bird color. She also loves the warm oranges and browns of fall so this worked out perfect for her.
The two ceramic birds are salt and pepper shakers that I gave to her as her birthday present. As you can see my sister-in-law was VERY please with her cake.
|HAPPY BIRTHDAY DENICE!|