I made these Cockatoo Cupcakes for my daughter's birthday at school. We have a tame cockatoo at home that we promised the teacher to show to the kids on the same day. So when it came to the birthday cake decoration, I came up with the idea of matching the birthday cake with the Cockie.
I made one cupcake for each child in the class and their teacher (plus a couple more) and they are really quite easy and quick to make. I used a German "lemon-yoghurt muffin" recipe. Once the cupcakes had cooled down, I put on the icing-sugar (I used vanilla icing from the shops). The eyes of the Cockie are made from meringues that I cut into a round eye-shape. Alternatively, you can use marshmallows instead. Use a tiny bit of icing to "glue" a small M&M onto it as a pupil. (You could use sultanas for a healthier option.)
The beak is made of two unsalted cashew nuts. I used dried mangoes for the crest as I wanted to have a bit of a healthier snack for the kids. You just have to cut the mango pieces into the right shape. Use lollie bananas cut in half if you like to do it a bit faster.
The white "feathers" near the yellow crest are made of round white chocolate melts cut in half. And that is it.
This bird and nest cake was made for a friend's baby shower. Her theme was little fat birds. Her only request to have it blue. The cake is a chocolate gluten free cake with gluten free chocolate frosting. I baked and made this cake in one full day. I used a small bowl as a mold for the base of the nest. I then took fondant and pressed it through a garlic smasher to make the nest more realistic looking.
I hand sculptured and painted the little bird. I used the marble effect on the fondant used for the eggs. You take a couple of different shades of fondant, make a worm out of each. Then twist the pieces together and roll out flat. Can be done as many times as wanted until the shade you want is achieved.
I put 4 eggs in the birds nest. One for each of her two children who were born, one for a baby lost, and the fourth for the baby on the way. In order to shape the flowers I used a fondant cutter and a egg carton turned upside down. The branches were just tinted fondant and I used a fondant tool to make the lines. The leaves were also made with a fondant cutter.