Spring has arrived, and this pretty little bluebird is keeping her eggs warm in her chocolate nest. This would make a lovely design for an Easter or spring cake.
Part Template Colour
Nest B Marbled brown
Body D Blue
Head E Blue
Beak H Black
Eggs 2 x F White
The 30 unique cupcake projects in this fabulous collection are bright, cheerful, and fun--the perfect centerpiece for any party, and sure to delight all ages. The cute and clever offerings include a bird's nest, a beehive, a scary ghost, even Santa Claus! Step-by-step photographs show how to shape models from sugar paste, make buttercream and royal icing, use a variety of piping techniques, and much more. Change the colors, mix and match the templates, and create your own original designs!© 2013 Ann Pickard / GMC Distribution · Reproduced with permission.
Cover the top of your cupcake with a disc of sugarpaste in marbled brown or cover with chocolate buttercream.
Roll the ball of sugarpaste to a length of 6in (150mm) curled around on itself.
Place the nest on top of the cupcake, then using a small pair of nail scissors, start to snip the outside edge of the nest. Work all the way around and then do two more irregular lines inside.
Shape the two little white balls into oval eggs and place them into the nest.
Form the blue body of the bird into a flat cone shape.
Push a piece of uncooked spaghetti in ready to stick the head on.
Take the blue ball for
the head, then place firmly onto the spaghetti and make a big hole in the middle with the pointed end of a modelling tool.
Beak eyes and feathers
Shape a little black beak with a sharp point at both ends, then push one end into the hole until it is secure. Mark
the eyes with black paste colour and a cocktail stick (or toothpick). Scratch some marks over the breast area to represent feathers.
Roll out some blue sugarpaste, 1?8in (2–3mm) thick. Cut
out a large heart 11?2in (35mm) across, cut it in half, and mark lines along it then cut the tips off.
Cut a smaller heart 4?5in (20mm) across. Mark lines all along it with a knife blade, then cut the tip
off the heart.
Attaching wings and tail
Stick the wings and the tail to the bird with a little blue royal icing, allowing them all to slope outwards, resting
on the nest edge.