Creating Birds that are Angry

Black Bird Cake - Large Cake

When my 2-year-old grandson came up to me and asked for a special birthday cake for his 3rd birthday - I said "Sure". I figured I could make a layered cake for him with some cars or something clever. Then he announced in his mischievous pre-school voice - I want a chocolate black angry bird cake! (He actually said all those words in a row.)
Well, now I became a little concerned if I could pull this one off. My first step was to go online and see what other cake decorating Grandma's had accomplished. After about 3-4 weeks of gathering information, I had an idea of what I might do. Since this was to feed his entire party - about 30-40 guests - I had to make it big. So I started with a large 12" size cake...


Black Angry Bird Cake Bake Chocolate Cake
    Pan: 12" round cake pan (requires 2 mixes)

Place cake on large pan or cut cupboard large enough to hold 12-14" cake
    Use thinned white buttercreme icing to crumb coat cake. Let dry.

Drawing Bird Face
I pondered a long time how I was going to get the face on the cake. I went to sleep with the problem on my mind and the next morning, this perfect solution was there..
        Draw 12" circle (or same size as pan used) on parchment paper. Pencil in the angry face features.
        Cut out the drawn circle and fastened to top of crumb coated cake with toothpicks.
        Then I used a toothpick or wooden skewer to press sharply on the drawn facial features to mark the features into the crumb coat.
       Remove the parchment paper and you should have lines to follow for decorating.
I guess the old adage "sleep on it" really does work.

Icing Bird Face Finishing Bird
  • Add a little more black paste color to chocolate icing to make a deeper black.
  • Use star decorating tip #16 to fill in the rest of the cake to texture to the bird (be sure to use star tip on sides also).
  • Also create star pattern on ho –ho, connecting it to the cake, leaving approximately 1-1/2" at top of the ho – ho  to create the "bomb."
  • Tint white buttercreme icing with lemon yellow paste color and use star decorating tip #16 to finish.
  • The eyebrows looked a little pink, so used red "mike and Ike's" to make the bird really angry.
  • I put the candles at the top of the "bomb" part of the cake so it would really look like a "bomb" going off when lit.
Yellow Angry Bird Cupcakes
Well, you can't have just one angry bird - he needs some friends to help save the eggs. Plus, not everyone prefers chocolate cake (I like lemon). So my next step was to create cupcakes decorated like yellow, red and blue birds. Bake any flavor cupcakes you want. I used white cupcake liners but you could use solid colors to match the "birds". Then I started decorating using colored sugars, buttercream icing and candies!

Yellow Angry Bird Cupcakes
Ice 2/3 of the cupcake area with buttercreme icing tinted with lemon yellow paste color.
Dip into bowl of yellow sanding sugar to create textured look.
Ice remaining 1/3 with white buttercreme icing (forming breast of bird)
    Eyes: Candy eyeballs
    Beak: Orange slices candy, cut into 3 pieces to form triangular shape
    Angry Eyebrows: Black licorice cut into piecesRed Angry Bird Cupcakes
    Comb: Added with Black Candy Writer

Red Angry Bird Cupcakes
Ice 2/3 of the cupcake area with buttercreme icing tinted with red paste color.
Dip into bowl of red nonpareils to create textured look.
Ice remaining 1/3 with white buttercreme icing (forming breast of bird)
    Eyes: Candy eyeballs
    Beak: Orange slices candy, cut into 3 pieces to form triangular shape
    Angry Eyebrows: Black licorice cut into pieces
    Comb: 2 Mike n Ike candies

 Blue Angry Bird Cupcakes Blue Angry Bird Cupcakes
Ice entire cupcake area with buttercreme icing tinted with sky blue paste color.
Dip into bowl of blue sanding sugar to create textured look.
    Eyes: Candy eyeballs
    Beak: Candy Corn
    Comb: Blue tinted icing Icing using Leaf Tip


You just have to have piggies! They are the bad guys and it just wouldn't work well to tell the Angry Bird Birthday story without some piggies. These were actually the most fun treats to make. They were also the most devoured at the party! Everyone loved them! They are so easy.

Piggies
Create chocolate covered sandwich cookies using Mint flavored green candy wafers Piggies
   Plain Sandwich Cookie Mold
   Oreo Cookies
   Mint flavored green candy wafers
Fill mold cavities 1/3 full with melted candy wafers. Embed cookie, then finish filling cavities, making sure you cover cookie completely. Place in freezer for 5 minutes. Then unmold.

Creating Piggy Face
    Fasten snout and eyeballs to completed candy covered cookies with small dab of melted chocolate
        Snout: Green colored candy wafers
        Eyes: Candy Eyeballs
        Nostrils: Added with black candy writer
        Ears: Added with black candy writer (CW0100-BLK)
        Optional Teeth: Added with white candy writer (CW0100-WHT)

I hope you have gathered some ideas to make your own "bird' party! It was so much fun - all the guests loved the theme! But the best comment was seeing how BIG my Grandson's eyes were when he first saw the cake AND the big, big, smile that immediately followed. Plus the hugs and "thank-you grandma" that certainly made it all worth it!
Happy Birthday Boy

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