Thursday, May 16, 2013

Vintage Bird Cage Cake

It's been one of my cake decorating ambitions to make a bird cage cake...and now I have! Last Sunday I attended a course at The Cake Parlour in Wimbledon Park (yes I know...another one...I think I'm addicted to courses!). The Cake Parlour is owned and run by Zoe Clark who makes the most beautiful cakes, Zoe has also released a range of cake decorating books.
This cake started life as a 12 inch slab of vanilla sponge. In order to create the shape we cut out three 6 inch rounds from the slab. To create the rounded top, an upturned cake baked in a hemisphere tin was added. Each layer has buttercream and jam in between and the whole think was then crumb coated before being covered in sugar paste.
All the bars were rolled by hand and stuck on, as were the swirls at the bottom. To create the bird an outline of royal icing was piped on acetate and was then flood filled, I'm sure you'll agree that the bird really brings it all together.
The pink flowers are rolled roses and the white blossoms were made using a cutter. To give them a bit more depth they were then dusted with a pink colour. Finally, to tie everything in we piped small green leaves around the flowers.

I love the finished effect and as usual was very loathe to cut into it but in the end the lure of cake to eat won out! :-)

I really enjoyed my course at The Cake Parlour and if you've got a minute or two to spare, I'd definitely recommend checking out Zoe's cakes.

14 comments:

  1. Laura! You pull it off every time, simply stunning :-)

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  2. Wow that is amazing!! OMG I want one just to frame in my kitchen. xx


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  3. Stunning! I am in awe yet again. Really well done. I must admit though - I don't think I'd ever want to cut into it! :)

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  4. Beautiful! You do have a serious addiction though ...

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  5. It is sooo pretty! Well done, fab work!

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  6. How awesome is that cake! Your attention to detail is amazing :)

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  7. This is absolutely amazing! so gorgeous!

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  8. That's such a lovely cake - I might just have to copy that one day! You've done an excellent job of it.

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  9. You are amazing, such a gorgeous cake. I love Zoe! Xx

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  10. Wow, absolutely stunning!

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  11. Gorgeous! I feel so ashamed of my decorating 'skills' when I see your lovely work

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  12. This look fantastic and beautiful!!!

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  13. Wow Laura, another beautifully decorated cake!

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  14. This cake is stunning Laura!

    I'm desperate to make a birdhouse cake! Zoe Clark does the cakes in the "Cake Decorating" magazine I subscribe to, and there is a picture of a matching cupcake for this cake on the cover of the binder - I'm dying to make both!

    Thanks so much for sharing this - one day my decorating skills will be as neat and tidy as yours!

    Kate

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