peacock cake

Peacock Cake and Cupcakes

Making a cake for someone always makes me so happy. I love the look on people’s faces when they see it for the first time. It fills me with joy, knowing that I have made someone’s day special Smile

This was a peacock cake I made for my cousin last year. The only thing she said to me was that she loves the color purple. She left the design and cake flavor up to me.

I simply LOVE to make cakes where I have complete creative freedom Open-mouthed smile

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My cousin is the sweetest person ever and I love her dearly. So, this cake had to be better than anything I had ever made.

When she said she loved purple, everything just clicked and the opportunity to make a peacock cake had arrived Open-mouthed smile

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I know peacocks are beautiful animals but when I was looking at their pictures, I noticed their face is actually a little scary, especially the eyes Confused smile

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Wanna know my favorite feature of this cake????

All the gorgeous feathers!!!

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I thought they were the highlight of this cake and made it so special…

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Since this was a birthday cake, I had to write “happy birthday.”

But, I have a confession to make… I can’t pipe letters to save myself! I SUCK at it! lol

So, after many failed attempts, I decided to use letter shaped candy molds.

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And thank god for that coz I think the letters turned out stunning… the molds were so easy to use and I was able to stick the letters onto the cake board using some melted chocolate!

Easiest thing ever!

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After placing the peacock on the cake board, there was a lot of empty space and to fill it up,  I made some fondant daisies and used melted chocolate to stick them on the board as well.

I have already done a tutorial on making these flowers. Check it out HERE.

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I had some leftover fondant feathers and didn’t want to throw them out. What better way to use them than to stick them on top of cupcakes… eh? Smile with tongue out

The cupcakes were chocolate flavored and I used my favorite recipe (you can use this recipe to make cakes or cupcakes. Check it out HERE). Then, I piped a rose design (using the tutorial HERE)  and stuck 2 feathers on top of each cupcake.

Easy peezy!

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These cupcakes complimented the peacock cake so well. Don’t you agree?

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As for the actual cake flavor, I made her a delicious coffee cake and covered it in chocolate frosting. This cake is dense so it’s able to withstand the weight of all the fondant and icing.

To make this cake, you will need to make cake batter and cake filling.

Cake batter:

3 cups all purpose flour
1/8 tsp salt
1 3/4 cups sugar (If you like a sweeter cake, you can add 2 cups sugar)
3/4 cup butter
3 tbsp vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cups sour cream
1/2 tsp coffee dissolved in 3 tbsp boiling water
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda

Cake filling:

3/4 cups brown sugar
2 tbsp chopped almonds
2 tbsp chopped cashews
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp coffee granules

And here are the steps:

Step 1:
Add sugar, eggs and butter in a deep bowl and mix until everything is well-blended.

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Step 2:
Now, add vanilla extract, flour, diluted coffee, milk, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sour cream. Mix everything once again.

This batter will be pretty thick.

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Step 3:
Pour some of this batter in a cake pan (cake pan should be filled up one third).

In a separate bowl, add brown sugar, almonds, cashews, cinnamon and coffee granules. Mix everything with a spoon.

Sprinkle some of this filling on top of the batter.

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Step 4:
Then, pour some more cake batter.

Do the same thing again with the remaining batter and filling.

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Step 5:
Bake this cake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

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Time to decorate and transform this yummy coffee cake into a peacock!

Just follow these steps:

Step 1:
Allow this cake to cool and then level off the dome so it’s flat from the top. Then, frost it in buttercream icing and cover it in purple marshmallow fondant using my recipe HERE.

Tip: Before applying fondant, it’s always good to place your cake in the refrigerator so the icing is not as sticky and this makes applying fondant easier.

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Step 2:
Roll out purple fondant and cut out hearts using a heart- shaped cookie cutter.

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Step 3:
Use a knife to cut this heart in half.

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Step 4:
Cut out the jagged ends with a knife.

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Step 5:
And use the sides of the knife to smooth out the ends. These will be the feathers of your peacock.

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Step 6:
Press the knife gently onto these feathers to create a pattern.

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Step 7:
Use a knife to cut off the pointy ends of these feathers.

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Step 8:
Now, mix some golden lustre dust with a few drops of vodka (or if you are like me and don’t use any alcohol in cooking/ baking, mix it in some water). Use a paintbrush to paint only the centers of these feathers. Start painting in the center and then paint outwards…

Note: If you used water instead of vodka to paint, your painting will take almost a day to dry. If you used vodka, your painting will dry within a few minutes.

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Step 9:
Use a small oval cutter to cut out blue fondant ovals and stick them in the center of the feathers. I used water to stick them. You can use corn syrup or royal icing to stick them too.

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Step 10:
Brush some water on top of the blue ovals and sprinkle some blue sanding sugar. Once the sanding sugar sticks to the blue ovals, brush away all the excess sugar.

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Step 11:
Making the face and body of the peacock was the hardest part for me. I used 50/50 (gumpaste- fondant combination). There is no easy way to do this. You would have to mold it with your hands as if you are playing with play-doh.

Next time, I am going to make the shape out of rice krispie treats and then cover it in fondant… that might be easier or so I think.

Stick two feathers on either sides to create wings.

Stick a cluster of golden stamens on top of the head (peacocks have this odd thing on their head but I don’t know what it’s called).

Mold some white fondant into a beak and stick it in position.

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Step 12:
Paint the beak golden.

Allow this body to dry completely. It took for 4 –5 days for me.

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Step 13:
Now, stick the feathers on top of the fondant-covered cake sing really watery royal icing.

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Step 14:
Place the cake on a large cake board.

Stick the body on the side of the cake using royal icing.

Roll out a long purple “snake” and wrap it around the base of the cake to give it a nice, refined look.

Stick some golden edible pearls on the feathers and around the base of the cake.

Prepare some more golden paint and paint lightly along the sides of the cake as well as the body. This gives the entire cake a nice shine.

Stick some daisies randomly on the cake board using melted chocolate.

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And you are done!

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This cake was a lot of work but it was totally worth it once I got to see the look on my cousin’s face! She was thrilled! Open-mouthed smile

I can’t wait to make her a birthday cake next year… something even grander!

Until next time…take care everyone!


  1. Eftychia

    July 31, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    So beautiful!! Very nice work. Thanks for the tutorial.

  2. Maggie @ Kitchie Coo

    July 31, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    WOW!! This is absolutely stunning!! I am sure your cousin was floored when she saw this. I too love seeing the looks on people’s faces when I create something gorgeous for them that I am proud of. You definitely made yourself proud with this one!! 🙂

  3. ABpetite

    July 31, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    This looks amazing so happy I found your fab blog! Thank you for sharing your talent. Excited I found your blog!

  4. Medeja

    July 31, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I love your creations! Every time I see what you have made I am just stunned 🙂

  5. Grace l designer communion dresses

    July 31, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Wow!! That is very cool!! I love cakes. I will surely make it!

  6. Hotly Spiced

    July 31, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    I just love your cake. What skills you have (don’t worry about piping alphabet letters – we all struggle with that). I think you’re so creative and I love the peacock feathers and the eyes you have given him. Your cousin must have been blown away. I’m going to share this on my facebook page! xx (And congrats on your 500 likes!)

  7. thoma

    July 31, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Holy Holy! Abeeeeeeeeeeeeeer. You’re saying you love the look of people when they see your cake. You’ll find all the different rasas if I were to see it ;p It’s GORGEOUS!!!

    I know what to do. Am sharing this on my FB (GOAgaga) page!

  8. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake

    August 1, 2012 at 4:53 am

    OMG! You have the most amazing skills ever! I can’t even make a cake properly let alone something that looks this alive! I wouldn’t want to eat it if I saw this cake because I wouldn’t know where to start. 😛

  9. jenbeans

    August 1, 2012 at 6:10 am

    That looks INCREDIBLE and a great way to showcase the colour purple – always amazed at your creations!

  10. CJ at Food Stories

    August 1, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Simply stunning & a lot of labor … a labor of love 🙂

  11. Bibi @ Bibi's Culinary Journey

    August 1, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Wow…..this looks absolutely amazing…..every little detail….gorgeous.

    I am with you with the creativity. I love making cakes, but I have to follow my own vision.

  12. Christina @ Sweet Pea's KItchen

    August 1, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I absolutely love this cake! You are so talented! I have never tried decorating with fondant before, but you have inspired me! 🙂

  13. Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin

    August 1, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    This may be the prettiest cake I’ve ever seen – just a gorgeous idea! 🙂

  14. Sawsan@ chef in disguise

    August 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    You are very talented! it must have taken hours to make all those feathers but they are honestly stunning.
    Hats off to you on a job wonderfully done

  15. Cucina49

    August 1, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I am absolutely agog! No seriously, I couldn’t even begin to fathom this level of fondant work.

  16. The Squishy Monster

    August 1, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Great attention to detail! I would love this for my birthday =D

  17. Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook

    August 1, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    It really is a grand cake, gorgeous! Your cousin is very lucky 🙂 You are extremely talented and I bet it tasted as fantastic as it looks.

  18. Angela

    August 1, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    That is such an awesome cake. You have so much talent.

  19. kitchenriffs

    August 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Wow, this is terrific! Spectacular looking cake, and such detailed instructions. Really great stuff – thanks.

  20. Reem | Simply Reem

    August 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    This looks fabulous!!!!
    I love playing with fondant, but I really don’t have the amount of patience needed to be co creative like you…
    Really nice!!!

  21. Jenn and Seth

    August 2, 2012 at 8:02 am

    wow, that is amazing!! so creative!

  22. lisaiscooking

    August 2, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Your friend is so lucky. That’s a fabulous cake! The feathers look amazing, and I love the leftovers on the cupcakes.

  23. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    August 2, 2012 at 11:20 am

    I cannot imagine being about to EAT such a pretty cake! What a cool idea… your cousin must have been speechless.

  24. Jenny

    August 2, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    You are absolutely ahhhmazing. That peacock cake is sooo blowing my mind right now. 🙂

  25. Liz

    August 2, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    You have such talent!!!! This is one stunning cake…I’m sure your cousin was just thrilled! And the cupcakes are darn cute, too! Hope you have a great weekend~

  26. Emily @ Life on Food

    August 2, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Oh my goodness this is beautiful! So many details, I love it!

  27. CCU

    August 2, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    What a work of art my friend, I feel inadequate guestposting on your amaazing blog!

    Choc Chip Uru

  28. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    August 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I’m completely speechless Abeer! Beautiful work, and I’ll never forget your Peacock Cake!! Do you have anything that you can’t make? Your friends and family are so lucky to have you. I want all kinds of cakes but no one can make for me~~~ LOL. Great work!!

  29. Khushboo

    August 3, 2012 at 3:20 am

    Wow wow wow…you are so freakin’ talented!! This peacock cake looks amazing! I love that checkerboard cake too- I always wondered how chefs were able to do it!

  30. renu

    August 3, 2012 at 5:14 am

    thank u abeer for liking my facebook page..!!1 coming from u .. it means a lot..
    this cake is sooooo beautiful… u have worked sooo hard on it… it showss…!!!

  31. Asmita

    August 3, 2012 at 5:25 am

    Hi Abeer,
    You are incredible! This cake is brilliant. The minute detail with which you have made this cake is absolutely stunning!!! Great job.

  32. Navaneetham Krishnan

    August 3, 2012 at 6:14 am

    This is absolutely incredible. Even with the tutorial and step by step sharing, I don’t think I can make the same. Not for me for sure but you have done a superb outcome.

  33. Brooks at Cakewalker│The Sweet & Savory Collection

    August 3, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Abeer, This is a gorgeous execution! Like you, my favorite projects are the ones in which I have creative freedom with just a few clues from the client or recipient. Your work reminds us that it’s in the details. By the way, your place looks great too…it seems there have been changes to the website. Brava!

  34. MaryMoh

    August 3, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Oh my goodness….that peacock cake looks like it’s out of the world…..just beautiful! I need to make for my own birthday….haha. Thanks for letting me know on my blog about your giveaway. What an awesome giveaway but so sad I’m in UK. Maybe I should migrate to the States 😛

  35. The Café Sucré Farine

    August 3, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    AMAZING! This is just gorgeous, I can’t believe you made this!

  36. Libby

    August 3, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    That peacock cake is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen!

  37. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking

    August 3, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    you’re always so creative Abeer! the peacock cake is stunning! so perfect! you’re the cake genius!

  38. leaf (the indolent cook)

    August 4, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Wow, that is some serious decorating work! Amazing.

  39. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    August 4, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Oh my goodness! It is stunning! I must try and make one although I don’t think it will turn out as beautifully as yours 🙂

  40. Cass @foodmyfriend

    August 5, 2012 at 4:26 am

    This is AMAZING! I love it!! I want a dragon cake for my birthday but now I’m re thinking!

  41. Parsley Sage

    August 5, 2012 at 8:34 am

    This is one of the most spectacular cakes I have EVER SEEN! Ohmigosh! It’s beautiful and so intricate. I can imagine your cousin was completely overwhelmed. Fantastic cake, darling!

  42. Raymund

    August 6, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Wow very impressive, you have a work of art in there

  43. Jeanne

    August 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    This is absolutely stunning! You are so creative! Thanks for sharing such an in-depth tutorial.

  44. Shirley

    August 6, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    This is stunning!! I love all the detail that went into the cake and the feathers.

  45. Tania @ A Perfect Pantry

    August 6, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Wow… this just amazing. I love it.

  46. ATasteOfMadness

    August 6, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Oh wow!! This is what I aspire to. It’s my boyfriend’s birthday on friday, and I’m trying to think about a cake to make him. Maybe not a peacock, but I need to be creative!! I love this!

  47. Sande

    August 7, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Well now that I’ve picked my jaw off the keyboard, having let out of huge gasp of "oh my god" then being speechless as to what to say.

    This is truly amazing. You are brilliant and your cousin is one lucky lady. Though I would hate to put a knife near it to cut. I love peacocks and my studio is decorated in that theme, so this would be a welcome addition if you care to make me one…lol!

    I can’t wait to show my daughter and tell her to get busy planning as I want this for my next birthday. Thanks for sharing…and you are truly gifted.

  48. Priya Mahadevan

    August 7, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    This one takes the cake, puns apart – what a visual turn on! Awesome job dear!

  49. Mom Foodie

    August 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    So cute & great tutorial!

  50. Divya

    August 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    This is absolutely gorgeous and the cupcakes complement the cake very well. Stunning.

  51. Tiffany

    August 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    This is what I want for MY birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

  52. chicago foodie girl

    August 14, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Wow, this is amazing and so gorgeous!!

  53. A_Boleyn

    August 15, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    This cake is an amazing creation. It’s much too beautiful to eat. 🙂

  54. Gina

    August 15, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    CCU sent more over here and I got distracted by this amazing cake. It’s beyond cute.

  55. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    August 16, 2012 at 7:13 am

    You have the most awesome site and your work is incredible!
    🙂 Mandy

  56. Holly

    August 16, 2012 at 7:50 am

    What a work of art? I would be so afraid and hate to cut that cake into pieces to serve. Your tutorial is awesome and some day I will try piping up some flower petals on my cakes.

  57. Tara

    August 17, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Um, HOLY COW!!! I am beyond impressed. Found your site via the Choc Chip Uru and am SO glad that I did. Your decorating skills are not only great, but your tutorials are fantastic. Working with fondant is a new hobby of mine now that I’m whipping out various cakes/cupcakes for my own kiddos but I have a lot to learn. This cake is beautiful!

  58. Hannah

    August 17, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Oh my folly, I don’t even ice my loaf cakes!! This is incredible; I’m so impressed!

  59. Ambreen

    August 18, 2012 at 4:24 am

    I am speechless, that is a masterpiece! Abeer, your work is spectacular! Thanks for visiting me and for your sweet words. Nice to meet another Pakistani food blogger 🙂

  60. Natalie

    August 21, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Oooo! I love this. Gorgeous!

  61. JulieD

    August 27, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    This cake is gorgeous!!! Love your creativity using a heart cutter!

  62. Anne @ Zen and Genki

    August 29, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    That is gorgeous! Love the shape of the eyes – they make the bird look like it’s smiling 🙂

  63. Violet's Silver Lining

    September 8, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    That is amazing! It looks so wonderful- but the tutorial makes it look so simple! Thank you! 🙂

  64. Cristiana

    September 9, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Adoro seus trabalhos. Este bolo ficou incrivel! Parabéns. Um abraço.

  65. mjskit

    October 13, 2012 at 8:28 am

    What I want to know is did your cousin totally pass out when she saw the cake? 🙂 If someone made a cake like this for me, it would take my breath away! What an absolutely gorgeous cake! You are amazing!

  66. val lindsay

    October 15, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    congratulations and thanks for this look into your wonderful work. Small suggestion if ever needing to write in icing on cake just make some plaques and write on these. Alot of people get jittery when writing on cake, but once doing on plaque it comes out perfect. Probably as we know if a stuff up you can turn over plaque and try again or throw out.

  67. Abeer

    October 15, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Thanks for the suggestion Val. I will practice on plaques from now on 🙂

  68. Ruth

    July 17, 2013 at 3:13 am

    Well done Abeer! This is such a good cake! Oh, and to answer your question ["I wonder if it would be easier to make it *the peacock head* with rice krispie cake?"] It is! I made this twice, once to enter a baking contest at my school, and once for my sister’s birthday! Thank you so much, I got 3rd place! Don’t worry, I told them about your blog!

  69. Leelabean

    February 5, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Oh my goodness! I love peacocks! And this cake is so beautiful!! You are so talented..!

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