I first found the hen cake idea on this web site. As I raise chickens, I wanted to make a hen cake to enter into the local fair. I had seen cast aluminum 3D hen molds on eBay, and finally lucked out winning one.
I used a cake recipe that I found online, which was heavy enough for the stand up cake. I'd previously practiced with store-bought pound cake mixes, but that was getting costly.
I first frosted the cake with a crumb coat. The frosting was homemade buttercream/shortening. Then I used a star tip to do the entire body. I used a combed tip to make wings. The waddle, comb, and nose were made out of colored fondant, and I put a dab of blue frosting for the eyes.
My chicks were made out of fondant, and I colored their beaks and eyes with marker. The egg shell came from one of my hens. I used shredded wheat for the nest, and used a small maple leaf cookie cutter to make leaves out of fondant.
I received a blue ribbon for this cake, and it will definitely be re-created for several family chicken farmers' birthdays!
This Rooster Birthday Cake was pretty simple. I made an 18X22 butter cake. I frosted it entirely with faux fondant using an icing tip, then let it crust. I then used a fondant smoother very gently to smooth it out and pressed it with a non-patterned paper towel to give a matt look.
I then free handed the tinted and thinned icing into the rooster. I used mostly leaf tips and basket weave tips along with regular parchment paper with a tip cut out for free flowing icing. The icing is flavored with both butter flavoring and almond flavoring. I used box mixes but enhanced them by using milk instead of water and a tablespoon of all whites and a box of vanilla instant pudding.
I got the Rooster Birthday Cake Idea from your website for the chicken cake but my mother has a favourite rooster so I took lots of photos of him and came up with this. I used fondant to mould the head, tail, comb and gobbles but painted the later 2 red. To get some of the feathers to have a 2 colour edge I put 1 colour on each side of the icing bag so when it was squeezed out you got the lovely trim colour.