My girls are allowed to choose what they want for their birthday cake every year. When my eldest turned 7 she asked for a Bird of Prey cake. I tried to get ideas for some kind of 3d cake but in the end settled on doing a flat version. I trawled through all her cartoon and children’s books and found a great picture of an eagle in flight.
I iced the cake with homemade butter icing, it just tastes so much better. I colored most light blue for a sky, but kept some pale to swirl on for ‘clouds’. I traced the eagle onto a piece of paper and cut it out, then put it on top of the sky and used a pin to trace the outline onto the cake. Here’s where I cheated – I bought 3 colors of Betty Crocker icing – vanilla, chocolate and dark chocolate – then color by color I iced in the feathers, copying the picture.
I used some shop bought red icing and cut out a number 7 for her, having the clever idea of putting it in the eagle’s claws like the fish in the picture. I also used some yellow ready to roll icing for the claws and beak. We were both really pleased with how it worked out, and it tasted wonderful too.