how to make a fondant bird

Standing birdies are a fun little decoration to add to a cake. These birdies can even be made small enough to be placed onto individual cupcakes. These birds can be made in a variation of colours, sizes and shapes.

Fondant (different colors)rolling pin a bird shaped cutter (any size will work) zacto knife a round #10 tip tooth picks a round cutter (approx. size of the belly of the bird cutter) gum glue (not shown in picture)

Roll out to a 1/4 of an inch thick the colour of fondant that you have chosen to make your bird. In this tutorial I have used pink. Place the bird cutter on to the fondant and cleanly cut out the bird.

Using the white fondant, roll out the fondant quite thinly and place the round cutter on to the fondant. Pressing down firmly make a clean cut for the circle.

Cut the circle in half. You will only need one half of the circle. The half you do not use you can wrap up and use again for another bird, if making more than one bird.

Using your gum glue, glue the half circle piece of fondant on to the bottom section of the bird. This will make the bird’s tummy.

Roll out thinly some black fondant. Using the round #10 tip, cut out one circle. This will represent the bird’s eye.

Using gum glue again, paste on the bird’s beak and the bird’s eye with a little bit of gum glue. Try not to use too much gum glue.

Insert two tooth picks into the belly of the bird. Make sure to go through the fondant and not go through the back of the bird. This is why it is important to make your original bird cut in a thicker piece of fondant. It will make inserting the tooth picks (or “legs”) easier.

Lay the bird flat over night to dry. Once the bird is dry and stiff, it can be placed into a cake or cupcake.

Kelly A: Absolutely, it is necessary for someone to cover the mmf they aren’t using when they aren’t working on it. I keep in in a ziplock. As I’m creating the bird in the photo, you can see it. Any left-over colored MMF can be saved and used later. It keeps for a few months in a ziptop bag. The next time you want to use it, all you have to do is knead it until it becomes workable.

In about two days, the bird will be fairly hard, according to Kelly. You won’t have to worry about her sagging when you put her in the nest at that point. STORAGE Remove the bird from the nest before refrigerating your cake, if necessary. When you’re ready to serve the cake, put her back in.

Make the bird at least two days in advance before you need it. The bird will be fairly hard in about two days. I like to let them air-dry for a couple of days, to make sure all the moisture is out, then I store them in an airtight container to use for any project. We use this adorable Fondant Bluebird in the Mothers Day Coconut Cake Tutorial. FROSTING ICING ETC. RECIPE HELP

KELLY SAYS: It is much easier to attach the wings to the body after it has set up a little bit. I let the body dry for two hours, before attempting to attach the wings. Make the birds wings: 1. Roll out a small portion of remaining blue fondant to about 1/8th inch thick on a cornstarch dusted silpat mat.

INGREDIENTS: 1 1/4 cups Marshmallow Fondant or MMF, more if needed; 3/4 cups tinted light blue (bird), 1 teaspoon each: black (eyes), light brown (beak, eyes) and white (eyes); remainder leave white for extra SUPPLIES: Silpat mat, to work on Cornstarch, to prevent sticking Small fondant rolling pin Toothpick-for texturing Large sewing needle-for texturing Clean Exacto-type knife Small paring knife Small bowl, with tissues, for supporting bird while it dries INSTRUCTIONS Use 3/4 cups MMF tinted light blue (bird) 1. Dust your work surface with a little cornstarch, to prevent sticking. If the fondant begins to stick to your hands, at any time, just rub a little cornstarch between your fingers.

Roll out the fondant color you’ve chosen to create your bird until it is 1/4 of an inch thick. In this tutorial I have used pink. Carefully cut out the bird by placing the bird cutter onto the fondant.

Cut the circle in half. You will only need one half of the circle. If you are making more than one bird, you can wrap the half you do not use and use it again.

Fondant (different colors)rolling pin a bird shaped cutter (any size will work) zacto knife a round #10 tip tooth picks a round cutter (approx. gum glue (not visible in the picture), the size of the bird cutter’s belly

Apply a small amount of gum glue to the bird’s eye and beak using the same technique. Try not to use too much gum glue.

Roll out thinly some black fondant. Using the round #10 tip, cut out one circle. This will represent the bird’s eye.