Our close family friend have just move in to their new home in Al Mawaleh in Muscat, Oman and, yesterday, we were invited to their house warming. As a gift, I decided to bring a small chocolate cake in a bird’s nest design for the celebration.
Hmmm, why I chose a bird’s nest? Well, for me a nest symbolizes a home built with much effort and time. It’s a safe haven and a place where love endures as the bird lays eggs and the eggs hatch into little offspring with tiny wings.
I like to call that little blue bird Twitter, yeah the same name with the very famous social networking site. In the nest, there were twelve eggs for the fruitful months throughout the year. To add a touch of creativity, I used toasted coconut flakes as dried leaves and pretzels and salt sticks a twigs.
So, if you want to make this kind of cake on your own, I encourage to try. And it’s not a problem because I will share it to you now.
First, here are the things that you need:
- A one layer of two inches high round cake recipe of your choice – baked from scratch or from the box.
- 2 cups chocolate frosting
- ½ cup toasted coconut flakes / powder
- Pretzels Choco Sticks
- Saltletts salted Sticks
- An offset spatula or butter knife
- A 4-inch round ball of fondant
- Blue Liquid Gel
- Brown Liquid Gel
- Black Liquid Gel
- Yellow Liquid Gel
- Cornstarch/ Icing Powder / Shortening for working with fondant
Let’s begin with the bird and eggs!
For the brown eggs: Using your hands and a bit of cornstarch/icing sugar to avoid stickiness, kneading a tiny bit of brown gel food coloring into the white fondant. Using your palm, roll and shape the fondant and make seven brown eggs.
For the gray eggs: Color the white fondant with a bit of black liquid gel using toothpick. Roll the fondant in between your thumbs and create five gray eggs.
For the blue bird: Create the bird by coloring the white fondant with blue liquid gel but be sure to spare some for the yellow beak and black eyes. Mold the bird with the head, body, tail, and wings. Attached the beak and the eyes with a little brush of water.
Now, here’s how to decorate the cake:
- Create a circular hole on the center of the cake using a paring knife.
- Scrape down about 1/4 deep of the cake, just enough to place the fondant eggs.
- Using an offset spatula, ice the entire cake with a chocolate frosting,
- Place the pretzels choco sticks and saltletts sticks around the corner of the cake forming like twigs perching around the nest.
- Sprinkle the toasted coconut flakes on the hollow portion of the cake as well as on the sides and at the bottom to create a real nest look.
- Place the eggs on the cake.
- Lastly, let the twitter bird sit on top of the eggs.
Now, look at the cake, it’s it amazing? Pretty cool huh?
When I posted this on my facebook page, various comments I’ve received like “very creative”..”impressive”…”nice cake”..”beautiful”. Yeah, I couldn’t agree for more.
Well, when I bought this cake to our family friend, it took only few hours before the cake was finished up.
On my next post, I will share on how to make the Fondant Twitter Bird. So watch out for that.
Thank for dropping by! See you around.
Lots of Love,
Riah – the Happy Baker