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Peacock Cake

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This fondant peacock cake consists of a 9 in tier and a 6 in tier.

Peacock Cake

Peacock Cake

After covering the tiers with fondant and stacking them, I then placed the front accent piece centered on the side of the top tier. This helped guide the peacocks’ tail. To form the tail I started on the very bottom using three different sized circle cutters. I used the largest circle to cut the green feathers, the medium circle for the brown feathers and the smallest circle for the blue feathers. After cutting the circles, I pressed them a bit with the rolling pin to get the tear drop shape. I worked my way up to the top of the cake by reducing the size of the circle cutters every two or three rows of feathers to achieve a tapered look. I added some rolled fondant in the section where the two tiers meet, that way when I placed the feathers on that portion they would not sink and the tail would appear fuller. I also added a few smaller round circles randomly throughout the tail to give a more interesting look.

The basic shape of the peacock on the top of the cake is pretty easy to make. I used a simple bird tutorial as a guide (such as the one here). I made the neck longer and leaner.

To make the peacock’s wings I just randomly cut slits in some rolled fondant using the cutting tool (making sure not to cut all the way through so it would stay together when I lifted it).

Peacock Feather Making

Peacock Feather Making

I used the top of a Number 12 icing tip to make the smaller feathers around the peacock’s neck.

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Curious George and Minnie Mouse Cakes

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Below is the Curious George cake I made for my nephew. It was so much fun and was not a “copy cake” as I like to call the cakes I make when I’m provided with a photo. I had no photo or plan and just went with it. I had seen the pretzel rods used as palm trees idea sometime before in the many, many times I browse pictures of cakes so I’m not going to take credit for that. Everything else though, I just came up with as I was working on the cake.ย  I covered the cake with the homemade fondant recipe here. I always use this recipe and love it. All the other fondant decorations were made with ready-to-use fondant. To make the Curious George cake topper, I used the video tutorial here as a guide as well as photos online of the character (this was very helpful because I almost gave him a tail, which he doesn’t have, as was shown in the video). I was looking for the candy bananas at the store and couldn’t find them but this ended up being a good thing because the bananas were so easy to make from fondant and I could also make some peels. The leaves, shapes and letters were made with fondant cutters and templates. The leaves on the trees aren’t exactly palm tree leaves but I used what I had (luckily for me I had received a nice baking kit from a coworker that included the leaf cutter).

Curious George Fondant Cake

Curious George Fondant Cake

The Minnie Mouse cake below was a “copy cake” made from a photo provided. It was made with the same homemade fondant recipe as the cake above. The ears were made with gumpaste. The hair bow centerpiece was made using the tutorial here (I modified the bow, adding the smaller ribbon on top). The same ribbons used for the hair bow were used to cover the base of the cake.

Minnie Mouse Fondant Cake

Minnie Mouse Fondant Cake

Here’s a better view of the bow.

Minnie Mouse Bow

Minnie Mouse Bow

My daughter helped make the bow and has now planned a bow-making party with her cousins and friends ๐Ÿ™‚

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