My Mother in law's birthday is hard for us because she doesn't ever tell us what she wants. My husband made her the biggest bird house for her gift… so we went with the bird house theme for her special day…
This is the homemade Bird house cake that I make for her. I used the huge cup cake mold, and a 9x9 square flat sheet. I used boxed cake mix and frosting. I made the cake and let it cool before I “dirty iced” it.
I let the icing harden in the refrigerator. I used home made Fondant:
16oz Mini Marshmallows 2 to 5 tbs. water 2lbs Icing Sugar ( C&H powdered sugar) ½ cup Crisco
Melt Mellows & water, 30 sec. at a time in microwave until melted. Put ¾ powdered sugar. Grease hands really good with oil, kneed like bread. Add the rest of the sugar. Re-grease hands (if tears add water) use or store in a Double wrap with plastic, grease plastic wrap and put into a Ziploc for storage.
I divided the fondant into several parts and used food coloring to make different shades of colors. I used a plastic Dixie cup to make the base/tree trunk. I cut a whole in the bottom/flat sheet. I used the fondant to make the decorations. This homemade bird house cake was a lot of fun to make. And my mother in law loved it!
After my Mum had seen my Bagpuss cake that I'd made for my birthday (and sampled it!), she asked me to make a cake for her birthday.
After searching the internet for some ideas, I finally decided to make this Bird in Nest Birthday Cake, as she enjoys watching the birds feeding outside her kitchen window.
The nest was a bit of a pain. I'd originally planned to make it using Kataifi pastry, but couldn't find any. I ended up cutting thin strips of filo, and wrapping it around the underside of a bowl. I just kept building it up until I had the required size, and thickness. I then warmed up some honey and covered my nest before baking in the oven. It still wasn't the right colour, so once it had cooled I then painted it with food colouring.
The bird is entirely made of fondant, giving her a yellow bib, and green back. I tried to keep her looking as real as possible. I put her wings on after I'd put her in the nest, that way they could dry whilst resting on the side of the nest.
The butterflies, ivy, fence and cake covering are all fondant. The butterflies and leaves were made with cutters. I cut out the fence by hand, and tried to create a wood effect using one of the modelling tools.