Vintage birdcages are oh-so-pretty for flower arrangements, party decor and more. But we think 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:
What You Need
- Cupcakes , baked with a dome shape on top
- Buttercream frosting
- Small fondant flower and leaf , optional
- Tinted fondant , blue
- Tinted fondant , ivory
- Edible sugar pearls
- Edible glue
- Cake smoother
- Food-safe paintbrushes
- Edible luster dust, optional
- Circle cutter larger than the top of your cupcake (plain or scalloped)
- Small rolling pin
1. Create Your Base
Add a little buttercream on top of your domed cupcake. You don’t need lots of frosting – just enough to adhere the fondant to the cupcake. (If you add too much buttercream, it will get pushed out the sides when you smooth your fondant on top.)
Roll out the blue tinted fondant to a thickness of around 3-4mm. Use your cutter to cut out a circle of fondant, which should be large enough to cover the top of your cupcake, reaching down to the top edge of your liner.
Gently lift and place the fondant on top of your domed cupcake. Make sure that the circle is centered on the cake, then smooth down and around. You can use a cake smoother for this step if you like, but smoothing the fondant down lightly with your fingers should work just fine.
2. Begin Decorating
Make a marble-sized ball or conical shape with some ivory fondant for the knob on top of your birdcage. Attach with a little dab of edible glue.
Add edible sugar pearls around the edge of the fondant for a border.
3. Make the Cage
Roll out even strips of ivory fondant into rope-like shapes. Attach from the base of your knob or handle to the edge of the fondant top using edible glue. Dust with shimmering luster dust if you like, to make your birdcage even fancier.
4. Finish ‘Em Off!
Add whatever edible decorations you like (flowers, leaves, butterflies, etc.) with either edible glue or royal icing. You can even add edible jewels, diamonds, strands of pearls or fancy moldings.