Three Reasons why to make a 3-D Chicken Cake
It is stinking Cute.
You like Chickens.
It will be the talk of the party.
Why I Made a Chicken Cake:
The Birthday Princess- ANNIE
I asked Annie what she wanted for her Birthday and she said, ” CHICKEN Mama”.
In this house we have to spell chicken. Annie knows the word, she recognizes chicken when it is taken out of the refrigerator or freezer, and she LOVES the smell of it cooking.
So, for this Birthday, Chicken it is…. Chicken for dinner and for dessert!!
Happy Birthday to our little Chicken loving princess girl !!
Steps For Making a 3 D Chicken Cake
Start with baking the flavor cake you would like. You will need two layers. I made a Lemon cake with Lemon Buttercream frosting.
Completely cool the cake layers
Cut the cake layers into halves. Place a small amount of frosting on the cake platter to stabilize the cake and prevent it from moving. Place the first layer of cake down and frost the top with icing. Continue to add the cake layers with frosting in between each layer.
Refrigerator the cake for about 15 minutes to allow the cake layers to settle and the frosting to slightly harden
Begin carving the shape of a chicken.
The center of the cake needs to be cut out ( about one cake layer) leaving a built up area to form the chicken’s head and the chicken’s tail. I drew on a piece of paper a template to guide with cutting, but it really is not needed.
Begin cutting out the center ( the chicken’s back). Save the cut out pieces.
Using the cake scraps, build up the neck of the chicken and the tail of the chicken.
Refrigerate the cake for about 15-30 to allow the cake to firm up
Remove the cake from the refrigerator and crumb coat the entire cake. Place the cake back into the refrigerator for the crumb coat harden…about 15-30 minutes
Remove the cake and frost the cake all over. Again, refrigerate until the frosting is firm to the touch.
Now for the fun of decorating the cake and bringing the chicken alive!
Fondant or Modeling Chocolate ( I used modeling chocolate on this cake)
Variety of Food colors
Leaf shape fondant mold or cookie cutter
4 inch cookie cutter
Fondant rolling pin
Fondant sculpting tools
Edible ink black marking pen
Making the Chicken’s Head
- Color a small amount of the modeling chocolate or fondant to the color you like. I used an ivory color for the head and neck.
2. To make the head, roll some of the modeling chocolate into a small egg shape and place in on top of the the neck.
3. Roll out modeling chocolate and cut out a 4 inch circle with a cook cutter. Place this piece on top of the head and smooth it out onto the neck. You can leave it smooth or make little lines in the neck with your fondant tool.
4. Color a small amount of modeling chocolate red. Roll out about an 2 inch roll and using scissors clip and pull up to create the chicken crown. Dab the under side and place on top of the chicken’s head.
5. Cut out 2 small triangles for the eyes. Pull the point of the triangle to elongate and round off the lower points of the triangle. Apply to the chicken with a dap of water
6. Using a edible marker, draw in a black pupil.
7. Color a small amount of modeling chocolate yellow and form a small cone shape. Place the base of the cone to the chicken with a dap of water.
Making the Chicken Wings
The goal was to have the chicken feathers stand out from the body of the chicken. To achieve this, I first applied some modeling chocolate to the side of the chicken. I cut out an oval piece of white modeling chocolate in an oval shape that was approximately 2 inches wide at its widest area, 4 inches in length, and about an 1 inch thick. This base for the feathers was adhered to both sides of the cake with a dap of water.
Roll out the modeling chocolate or fondant
Using a leaf cookie cutter cut out many leaf shapes
You can use a rolling pin to elongate the feathers
Using a dap of water, apply the feathers to the oval piece that was applied to the side of the cake.
Adding the Body Feathers
Decide on the colors you would like to use. Since Annie is a Chocolate Merle Pomeranian, I decided to make her birthday chicken in similar colors in her coat. I use ivory, white, warm brown, and chocolate brown gel coloring. Some of the modeling chocolate was marbled to add depth to the overall look. Marbling is done by not completely blending in the gel color and rolling the modeling out.
Add the feathers to the cake using different sizes.
This was a fun cake to make!! Let me what you think and please share pictures of your chicken cake.
Disclosure…Annie was not allowed to eat the cake. This would not have been good for her to have.
For picture taking, a piece of grilled chicken was placed on the chicken’s back and she was allowed to get the piece of real chicken.
No Humans either consumed the cake. It was placed in the freezer waiting for trash day.
Cheers…..Happy Baking !!!