I want to make a turkey themed cake for my husbands birthday. I do not live close to any supply stores, so I was wondering if there is anything I can use that can be found at walmart? And the best technique to make them look realistic... Thanks
First of all, thank you for the comment on my turkey cake. By what date are you looking for the cake to be done? I live way out in the boonies of rural Missouri, and although there is a Walmart about 50 miles away, I have found little there I can use.
Your best bet is to mail order, if you have time. There are numerous cake decorating sites. The site for the shotgun shells is: www.earlenescakes.com
(I don't know if that site would be blocked, but just close the gaps). (Mod edited to provide working link).
The tail feathers I made from wafer paper, ordered on-line. I painted them with gel colors--diluted with vodka--which you can find at Walmart. (I mean the colors...vodka too! lol , although I prefer Americolor which I have to mail order).
To apply the midrib I soaked a couple of wooden skewers in water, blotted, then pressed the feathers against them until they adhered. Even though I used as dry a brush as I could when painting them, I had difficulty with the wafer paper trying to curl. If anyone has a tip for me there, I would love to hear it.
To achieve the iridescent effect for the body feathers, I used layers of different colored luster dusts, which I had previously ordered on-line. I do think they carry some limited colors at WalMart. Those feathers I made using rice based spring roll wrappers, sometimes available in the supermarket produce section. I cut them all with a small craft scissors.
I hope this gives you some direction to go.
Soooo helpful! His birthday is in two weeks, so I would have to order some things right away, which I need to do anyways! I live in a little town in Missouri too (small world!) I have several cakes to make this month so I may break in and take the two hour drive to Lee Summit.. Anyways, Thanks so much! And if I end up getting it done, I will post pictures here!