Project

Birdcage Cake

Do you sell this cake? No, just for fun Share a little about the materials, processes, and techniques used to create this cake I started with a round 6'' chocolate cake (5'' high) for the base and a pound cake for the dome. Both cakes were carved individually to obtain hexagonal shapes (a hexagonal prism for the base and a hexagonal pyramid for the dome). I applied a layer of chocolate ganache, and then in a panel manner, I attached the modeling chocolate and fondant. For the outer decorations, I used combinations of fondant, gum paste, and royal icing. What are you most proud of? Honestly, I'm very pleased with the overall look of the cake, especially with the string work around it. String work was not in my initial plan for this project, but as I was working on the cage I was also watching the lessons in this class and I thought that the appearance of an awning, made out of strings, would look interesting. Since it was going to be my first attempt, I kept it simple by using a #1 nozzle tip and by creating the bridges with gum paste. I think that it was not bad for being the first time! What advice would you give someone starting this project? It is important to have a clear plan of the key steps that you must follow to execute your project, but it is fine if new ideas appear in the process. This was the case with the string work that runs along the end of the dome of this cage.

You Can Make This

Leyda Vakarelov made Birdcage Cake with:

Mastering Australian Stringwork

Online Class

Mastering Australian Stringwork

with Mark Seaman

  • Fondant
  • Gum Paste
  • Modeling Chocolate

Project Description

Do you sell this cake? No, just for fun Share a little about the materials, processes, and techniques used to create this cake I started with a round 6'' chocolate cake (5'' high) for the base and a pound cake for the dome. Both cakes were carved individually to obtain hexagonal shapes (a hexagonal prism for the base and a hexagonal pyramid for the dome). I applied a layer of chocolate ganache, and then in a panel manner, I attached the modeling chocolate and fondant. For the outer decorations, I used combinations of fondant, gum paste, and royal icing. What are you most proud of? Honestly, I'm very pleased with the overall look of the cake, especially with the string work around it. String work was not in my initial plan for this project, but as I was working on the cage I was also watching the lessons in this class and I thought that the appearance of an awning, made out of strings, would look interesting. Since it was going to be my first attempt, I kept it simple by using a #1 nozzle tip and by creating the bridges with gum paste. I think that it was not bad for being the first time! What advice would you give someone starting this project? It is important to have a clear plan of the key steps that you must follow to execute your project, but it is fine if new ideas appear in the process. This was the case with the string work that runs along the end of the dome of this cage.

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