Peacock Cake For A Retirement Party

Decorating By boydcarol Updated 16 Sep 2013 , 4:21pm by buddycarol

boydcarol Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 5:22pm
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How would you make a peacock tail that trails down the side of the cake.  It will be a two tier cake.  If I have to attach the feathers to wire first how would you attach the feathers to the wire (sorry) new to this.  Any ideas or suggestions is greatly appreciated.   I have to make this cake for the end of the month.

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BatterUpCake Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 6:29pm
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Have you tried Googling a peacock cake tutorial? I did one about a week ago..not the best and I got some good tips. I cut a fondant "apron" shaped like a teardrop and laid it down over the layers. Then I just wet the back of each feather and stuck it to the apron. Here is the advice that was given to me and what I will do different next time. Add texture to the tail feathers and not place them all flat and symetrical....

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DeliciousDesserts Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 7:01pm
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That isn't at all how I would do it.  I would do it very similar to the petal cake.  

 

As a matter of fact, I have been practicing for an Oct. 5 cake.  

 

I don't think you need to put the feathers on wires.  You'll be able to attach them with royal or buttercream. 

 

I do recommend using at least a mix of both fondant & gumpaste.  You'll want to be able to give the feathers a bit of movement so they aren't lying flat against the cake.

 

Just googled, and there are several good tutorials.  Remember that if you do cut an "apron" or "blanket", you'll want that to be gumpaste so it doesn't also mold up against the cake and look flat & lifeless.

ApplegumPam Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 7:02pm
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I don't think you will need to wire them - you can build them up on the cake .... (and as Batterup has suggested)  make sure they have texture and movement -  you can use lace moulds, dry them to leather stage or support with tiny pieces of cut up cosmetic sponge, folded paper towels etc - this is a pic that shows how much better it can look when you have some texture & movement


Cake is by Flora Aghababyan

ApplegumPam Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 7:04pm
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LOL  DD we must have been typing at the same time

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DeliciousDesserts Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 7:05pm
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See how this one has movement:  (NOT MY WORK)  https://www.google.com/search?q=peacock+cake+tutorial&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS489US489&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=F7I0UsbIKZW24AO88IGgBg&ved=0CCsQsAQ&biw=1366&bih=643&dpr=1#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=p_PTIa_TkKdKpM%3A%3Bs3LRfiQSImdleM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252F3.bp.blogspot.com%252F-aHvge7tFPY8%252FTYAfPBYsIKI%252FAAAAAAAAAJ8%252F8eaxY4mrOPU%252Fs1600%252FIMG_3403.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fdecoratethecakeblog.blogspot.com%252F2011%252F03%252Fpearl-peacock-wedding-cake-featuring.html%3B1067%3B1600

 

and this one:  (ALSO NOT MY WORK)  https://www.google.com/search?q=peacock+cake&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS489US489&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=6LE0Uqb-N9Ox4AOFzoD4BQ&ved=0CC4QsAQ&biw=1366&bih=643&dpr=1#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=YRL3AbdlRzxnSM%3A%3Bt6Rt7QDUoJR7CM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.maryscakesandpastries.com%252Fstore%252Fcakes%252Flarge%252Fpeacock_cake_797.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.maryscakesandpastries.com%252Fbrides_album.php%3B412%3B550

 

https://www.google.com/search?q=peacock+cake&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS489US489&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=6LE0Uqb-N9Ox4AOFzoD4BQ&ved=0CC4QsAQ&biw=1366&bih=643&dpr=1#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=t0HMAQOlg9n6PM%3A%3BKwlRNENieXZBKM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252F4.bp.blogspot.com%252F-uDyYztyAC0U%252FUClZW0g2lKI%252FAAAAAAAAADQ%252F3j2PQ46lWBA%252Fs1600%252Fpeacock%252Bcake%252B01192012.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fmylifeinacupcake.blogspot.com%252F2012%252F08%252Fpeacock-cake-for-moms-60th-birthday.html%3B720%3B960

 

I would also make the sizes smaller to larger:  (STILL NOT MY WORK)  https://www.google.com/search?q=peacock+cake&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS489US489&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=6LE0Uqb-N9Ox4AOFzoD4BQ&ved=0CC4QsAQ&biw=1366&bih=643&dpr=1#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=aXyn_BD8SDSXSM%3A%3Br32UTxMKXNV17M%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252F2.bp.blogspot.com%252F-cR7mdxxBofs%252FUCc_QF16AiI%252FAAAAAAAAIYs%252FGUOwfumCUaE%252Fs1600%252Fbriderella%252Bpeacock%252Bcake%252B2.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Ftheweddingqueen.blogspot.com%252F2012%252F08%252Fpeacock-cakes.html%3B450%3B720

 

https://www.google.com/search?q=peacock+cake&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS489US489&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=6LE0Uqb-N9Ox4AOFzoD4BQ&ved=0CC4QsAQ&biw=1366&bih=643&dpr=1#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=GzreuNs7PdgiYM%3A%3BoFnuBv_T06BjLM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Ffarm8.staticflickr.com%252F7090%252F7152916175_26b15cea26_z.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.flickr.com%252Fphotos%252Fartisancakes%252F7152916175%252F%3B480%3B640

BatterUpCake Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 7:23pm
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That's gorgeous Pam...my computer is sucking so I can't open your links DD...The instructions I had said to use an apron so I know it can be done and turn out better. But as you guys told me I would allow mine to dry next time with a little shape and texture before attaching to the apron...

ApplegumPam Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 7:30pm
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I don't like the 'apron' method - totally unnecessary - just extra gumpaste - and you end up having to put a really 'unnatural' layer of feathers to try and HIDE the apron.... any 'movement' in the feathers will be lost

boydcarol Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 7:35pm
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Thank you all so very much!  This will help me.  I also did some searching for a peacock feather mold and found a perfect one to use.  I found it at A&H Cake Deisgn their site is http://www.ahcakedesign.com/mn323-peacock-feather.html if you would like to check it out.   I'm really nervous about this one.  I think I will use the apron method and attached them to it using royal icing. I must have been crazy to agree to make this cake.  

JWinslow Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 7:36pm
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Quote:

Originally Posted by ApplegumPam 
 

I don't think you will need to wire them - you can build them up on the cake .... (and as Batterup has suggested)  make sure they have texture and movement -  you can use lace moulds, dry them to leather stage or support with tiny pieces of cut up cosmetic sponge, folded paper towels etc - this is a pic that shows how much better it can look when you have some texture & movement


Cake is by Flora Aghababyan

 

So amazed you posted this.  I've a copy of this cake in my files for years.  I love this cake!

boydcarol Posted 15 Sep 2013 , 1:04pm
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Thank you so very much.  Your cake is beautiful great job.   This cake is really making me nervous.  

boydcarol Posted 15 Sep 2013 , 1:47pm
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I also wanted to say that I did find a feather mold that I ordered.  If you would be interested here is the site http://www.ahcakedesign.com/mn323-peacock-feather.html

again thank you all for your help

boydcarol Posted 15 Sep 2013 , 5:14pm
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Thank you all so very much for your help.   I searched and found a peacock feather mold if any of you would be interesting in see http://www.ahcakedesign.com/mn323-peacock-feather.html

boydcarol Posted 15 Sep 2013 , 8:34pm
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did you make your feathers from gumpaste or fondant

boydcarol Posted 15 Sep 2013 , 8:48pm
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The other thing I am worried about since my cake will be all butter cream is that all of the feathers attached to the butter cream will end up being heavy and causing the ibutter cream to pull away from the cake.  Also, will this be hard to transport with it already placed on the cake.  Your input is greatly appreciated

ApplegumPam Posted 15 Sep 2013 , 8:56pm
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The picture I posted was NOT my work - I posted the cake maker underneath the picture.

I've not a lot of experience in buttercream, but I would think that your concerns would be valid.  Design change possible??

boydcarol Posted 15 Sep 2013 , 10:17pm
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Is that a buttercream cake.   Also did you use gumpaste or fondant for the peacock feathers?  The other thing I am worried about since my cake will be all butter cream is that all of the feathers attached to the butter cream will end up being heavy and causing the ibutter cream to pull away from the cake.  Also, will this be hard to transport with it already placed on the cake.  Your input is greatly appreciated

BatterUpCake Posted 15 Sep 2013 , 10:27pm
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Who are you asking?

boydcarol Posted 15 Sep 2013 , 10:49pm
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Sorry, I'm new to this post  I thought I had sent the question to you "Batterup Cake"

boydcarol Posted 15 Sep 2013 , 10:52pm
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Sorry still trying to learn this site.   I thought I has sent the question to "batterup cake"

BatterUpCake Posted 15 Sep 2013 , 11:14pm
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LOL..I wasn't sure who you were asking.I am glad you like my cake but there are better out there. But to answer your question...mine was fondant. Tail, body and cake covering

Relznik Posted 15 Sep 2013 , 11:34pm
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I've done two peacock wedding cakes....

 

This was the first....  I didn't use any wires or an 'apron' to stick them to - I just stuck them directly onto the cake, starting at the bottom and working up.

 

http://www.patacake-parties.com/Wedding/files/page3-1007-full.html  and another pic on my home page.... http://www.patacake-parties.com/index.html

 

And this is another one I did, forgetting to start at the bottom! LOL!!!

 

http://www.patacake-parties.com/Wedding/files/page3-1012-full.html

 

Suzanne x

kikiandkyle Posted 16 Sep 2013 , 12:47am
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AWell you might want to check with the person who's expecting the cake to see what their definition of a peacock cake is. As you can see there are varying interpretations and you don't want to turn up with something completely out of the realm.

buddycarol Posted 16 Sep 2013 , 1:32pm
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ASuzanne, wow those are beautiful. You answered one more question I had and that was should I start from the top or bottome placing the feathers on, thank you. Are all of these with fondant icing or buttercream, they look like fondant. Mine will be buttercream, and I've been a little nervous about the feathers being to heavy after placing them all on the cake. I plan on making the feathers as thin as possible. Thank you so much for sharing your cakes and information.

Oh, one last question, did you transport it completed or did you complete it on site?

buddycarol Posted 16 Sep 2013 , 1:41pm
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AKikiandkyle, thanks for your reply. The first picute the customer sent me was of a peacock painted on, I called her and told her I could not paint, but I could make one from gumpaste or fondant. She told me if I could incorporate her colors that would be great and if not then do it however I wanted, which makes it easier. Her colors are teal, lime green and brown.

BatterUpCake Posted 16 Sep 2013 , 1:50pm
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great colors for a peacock I think!

kikiandkyle Posted 16 Sep 2013 , 2:36pm
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AWell then you are set! Good luck, there are some awesome tips on this thread, your cake will be great.

buddycarol Posted 16 Sep 2013 , 4:21pm
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AAgain, thank you all for your help, suggestions and input.

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