My next challenge is a pigeon cake. I’ve seen a few where the pigeon is made with rkt and the cake is the nest. Does that seem more sensible than making the pigeon out of cake? The cake only needs to feed about 15 and I wanted the pigeon to be a realistic size so was thinking of making it from cake sitting on a little nest layer. Or would a larger nest cake and rkt pigeon be better?
I guess the advantage of rkt is that I could make it in advance and work in it for longer. How long does rkt stay good to eat?
can't wait for this one! the chip bag is stellar!
I found this:
but that's got to be the wing span -- rather than the body length? but idk
I think i'm voting for rkt bird and then the nest to give the servings -- but then I found this and i'm maybe changing my mind -- this is saying they are 13 inches long and 27 inches long -- the most common one in Europe -- but aren't you in Australia?
Varieties: 350 recorded varieties.
Most Common: Feral Pigeon - 10-15 million in Europe.
Origin: Europe, North Africa and Asia.
Habitat: The wild pigeon is found in coastal areas and the feral pigeon is found almost exclusively in areas of human habitation.
Distribution: Worldwide except Sahara Desert, Antarctica and the high Arctic. European population estimated at between 17 and 28 million birds.
Description (adult of the nominate subspecies of the rock pigeon):
- 32-37 cm long
- 64-72 cm wingspan
- Dark bluish-grey head, neck and chest with glossy greenish and reddish-purple iridescence around the neck and wing feathers
- Orange or red iris with pale inner ring (adult) or brown or greyish brown (juveniles)
- Black bill with off-white cere
- Red feet and legs
- Distinctive twin black wing bars
- White lower back feathers
the wingspan of 27 inches with the 13" body (I don't think in metric :)
I’m in the UK. There are pigeons everywhere but I’ve never really thought about how big they are. 13” long seems really big. I might have to chase one tomorrow with a tape measure!
please have someone video it for me hahahahahahahah
That would be a funny sight!
ok so that's the most common one, feral pigeon and their size -- the bird alone will be big enough for 15 servings -- so I would prolly go half size and make the nest bit -- although I din exactly do the math -- but that's where I would start...
not that you exactly asked where to start I just love being able to talk about sculptures
I can only speak for myself, but I know I would make the pigeon from rct’s. As you said, more time to sculpt. Then the cake could be a small brick ledge, building or straw filled nest. Since pigeons perch on just about anything, you could have fun with that.
Rct’s covered in chocolate and fondant stays edible for a couple of weeks. Beyond that, gets pretty hard, and I’m not sure I would want to eat after a month or so.
I’m really looking forward to doing this one. I loved making the chip bag (we call them crisps in England). I had a run of drip cakes which I find really boring.
k8memphis - I think you’re right about going smaller than actual size if they really are 13” long.
I think rkt is probably best too, jchuck. I hadn’t thought about doing a brick ledge. That could look more interesting than just a big nest.
I am guessing pigeons in the UK are pretty much like the ones we have here and they are about 13", counting their tail. I would make it at least 1/3 smaller than actual size and make the body from RKT's. Once the RKT's are covered with chocolate, it is sealed and stays fresh for a pretty long time. It would definitely give you a week or two to work on it.