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How to make a birdcage cake

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Hey guys!

I just looooove the birdcage cakes I've been seeing lately, they're so beautiful and feminine!

 

 

I know you can stack the cake to the height you want, fill, freeze, and carve in order to get the dome at the top - but I can't stand wasting cake, even if it's scraps :) Not to mention that I don't trust myself to carve an even, proportional dome on the first try!

 

This might sound completely weird, but I am wondering if it's possible to bake the dome in a ceramic or pyrex bowl, if its the same diameter as the cake pans being used for the rest of the cake. I could carve that dome just a little if it wasn't dome-y enough, but it seems like an easier/less wasteful way to make the dome even?

 

Oh yeah, I pretty much only work with minis at this point, so it would be around 4", if that makes a difference to anything. Just wondering if anyone has tried this, has any thoughts on the matter or reasons why it wouldn't work, before I make a disaster of things lol. Thanks so much! :)

post #2 of 8
Sure the bowl or half round pans by Wilton also
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I used a pyrex bowl to bake the dome section of this one...

 

Bird Cage Wedding Cake. This was actually for a 40th birthday party, but I think it would be such a lovely wedding cake that I photographed it for the wedding page of my website before adding the inscription.

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Thank you both! Also, Relznik, thank you for posting that picture! It turned out really nicely using the pyrex, glad to know it works so well :) Did you have to shape the dome at all after you removed it from the bowl or was it dome-y enough already?

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Thank you both! Also, Relznik, thank you for posting that picture! It turned out really nicely using the pyrex, glad to know it works so well :) Did you have to shape the dome at all after you removed it from the bowl or was it dome-y enough already?


No, I didn't have to trim or carve at all...  I just covered it (I always use marzipan before covering with sugarpaste). :)

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Perfect, thank you! :)

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Definately need to try this one its super cute, and annalees yours is gorgeous.

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There's a really great detailed video by Montreal confections about this bird cage cake on YouTube. She goes into the cake pans she used...she didn't di any carving either
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