These Pretty Birdcage Cupcakes Are Surprisingly Simple to Make

Vintage birdcages are oh-so-pretty for flower arrangements and party decor, but they’re extra sweet when turned into cupcakes. Here’s how to make ‘em for your Mama Bird , or anybody else who makes your heart take wing.

Birdcage Cupcakes

Level: Easy

What You Need


1. Create Your Base

Add a dollop of buttercream on top of your domed cupcake. (You'll use this to adhere the fondant to your cupcake.)

Pro Tip

You only need a small amount of buttercream — if you add too much, it will push out the sides when you smooth your fondant on top.

Roll out the blue fondant to about 3-4 mm thick. Use your round cutter to cut make a circle large enough to cover the top of your cupcake, reaching down to the top edge of your cupcake liner.

2. Place the Fondant

Gently lift and place the fondant on top of your domed cupcake. Make sure the circle is centered on the cake, then smooth down and around.

Pro Tip

You can use a cake smoother for this step, but smoothing the fondant down lightly with your fingers should work just fine.

3. Begin Decorating

Roll ivory fondant into a marble-sized ball. Shape it into a conical shape for the knob on top of your birdcage. Attach to the center of your cupcake with edible glue.

Add edible sugar pearls around the edge of the fondant for a border.

4. Make the Cage

Roll out more ivory fondant, then cut into even strips and form into rope-like shapes. Attach from the base of your knob to the edge of the fondant top. Trim any excess fondant, then dust with shimmering luster dust (if desired).

5. Add a Floral Touch

Roll out green and pink fondant. Use floral and leaf cutters to make each shape, then attach to your cupcake next to the knob. Add additional sugar pearls in the center of the pearl if desired.

Find Your Next Project

Make mom feel extra special with more Mother's Day confections.

You don't need any fancy cake decorating skills to make your mom these awww-dorable cupcakes. The secret is all in the cutters and molds you can use to make your job oh-so-simple. Whip 'em up to celebrate Mother's Day and get ready for all the heart-eye emojis coming your way.
Lynlee North Beckett
They're not cupcakes, they're mini cakes. Which means they're ultra-fancy. And thanks to the magic of Russian piping tips, they're easy enough for beginners to whip up.
Felicity and Krystle
It's pretty. It's fun. Best of all, you can eat it. These are just three reasons to make a cupcake bouquet for Mother's Day, a bridal shower, even a birthday bash. Just make sure you have buttercream to match the party's color scheme and you're good to go.
Erin Gardner

March 13, 2020
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