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Colourful Songbird Cake

I love music and the emotions of it; it can lift you up on a dull day. I did a little research on music cakes and noticed that they were all black and white and, although they are some amazing music cakes out there, I wanted to add a splash of colour. Here’s how to create my artistic interpretation of a sweet little songbird singing out loudly and proudly.

This project was created and written by our Cake Ambassador, Cassie Brown.

  • Baking
  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner

You Will Need:

  • Pre-Iced 6” Cake (7” deep on 8” cake board)
  • Wilton Nautical Mould
  • Wilton Wedding Jewellery Mould
  • Wilton Ready-to-Use Gum Paste
  • Wilton Dust-N-Store Dusting Cup filled with cornflour
  • Karen Davies Bird Mould
  • Wilton Primary Food Writer Set
  • Cassie Brown Cake Decorating Airbrush and Compressor Set
  • Airbrush Colours:
  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Red
  • Green
  • Brown
  • Blue
  • Small Scissors
  • Water Brush

Method To Make The Cake:

  1. Dust a small amount of cornflour into the bird mould and push a golf ball sized ball of paste into the mould. This will be a little to much, so just cut off any excess paste. Make sure you get a good, clean edge to the bird before releasing it from the mould.

  2. Using a small pair of scissors, snip the bird’s beak open -- we want him to be singing. Then, hold the bird against the cake to see where the music should start. Make a little dot using the yellow edible pen. Put the bird to one side on a piece of foam to dry a little.

  3. Put 2 drops of yellow airbrush colour into the colour well of the airbrush and test on a piece of paper first. Then, point the airbrush at the cake where you marked the yellow dot. Gently pull the trigger back to start releasing colour. Move the airbrush around and up onto the top of the cake in a swirl-like movement. This sets the scene for the other colours to follow.

  4. Repeat this using the following colour order: yellow, orange, red, green, and then blue. Make sure you start off with quite a thin line where the bird’s beak will be going, then slightly thicker to the top of the cake. Top tip: if the airbrushed colour looks shiny, it’s still wet so don't touch it. Wait until it goes matt and then it’s safe to work on.

  5. Using the edible pens, make lots of music notes following the flow of colour. Remember to make them small as they’re coming out of the bird’s beak, then gradually bigger as you work your way around the cake. The yellow marks on a blue airbrushed section may turn green, but this is good because the focus is making it as colourful as possible!

  6. To airbrush the bird, place him on a piece of paper and start by airbrushing his red chest. Airbrush the rest of his feathers a brown colour, making some of his feathers a little darker by shading more in some parts. The last colour is the black; carefully hold the airbrush over the little bird’s eye and gently pull back the trigger to colour his eye in. If you find this difficult, you can always paint the eye using a paintbrush.

  7. Leave the airbrush colour to dry but not the bird itself as you need to adhere it to the cake. Add a little water to the back of the bird and hold him against the cake. Put 1 drop of brown airbrush colour into the colour well of the airbrush and spray a little branch under his feet.

  8. Use the nautical mould to make a thin rope to go around the cake. Dust some cornflour into the mould and then roll a thin sausage of paste and push it into the rope mould. When you turn the mould upside down, the rope will simply fall out. You will need three lengths of this rope to fit around this cake; attach using a little water from a water brush.

  9. colourful songbird cake
  10. To make the treble clef, use the circle brooch from the wedding jewellery mould by Wilton. Then, use the rope mould from the nautical mould and join them together to create the perfect shape. I thought about painting this but it might spoil it, so I’ve left it white. However, gold or silver may look good! Attach to the top of the cake using a little water.

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