It’s mid-September already which means we’re knee-deep in Halloween crafts and costumes! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays because it’s a chance to embrace all things spooky and moody and even a little bit creepy, which I love. This may be a bit surprising to many of you, but it’s not always rainbows and flowers over here! So to kick off our Halloween posts this year we have “The Birds” cake topper, inspired, of course, by Alfred Hitchcock’s famous thriller. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a great “scary movie.” It is more suspenseful than anything and appropriate for all tolerance levels (I’m a bit of a wimp). Fun Fact: It was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry of the United States Library of Congress in 2016. So yes, it’s worth a watch!
Lucky for you, these birds won’t attack you when you go in to slice the cake. However, they do make a stunning centerpiece for a Halloween party! A really simple DIY, made even easier if you have a die-cut machine. We chose to pair our birds with a red velvet cake frosted with black icing to up the creepy factor a bit. They’d also make great cupcake toppers for a party if you nestled two or three birds on top. So bookmark this for your next spooky soiree and let “The Birds” cake topper take flight!
Download “The Birds” templates and get baking!
“The Birds” Cake Topper
- Black cardstock, 1 sheet will be plenty
- Black spray paint
- Hot glue gun
- Scissors or die-cut machine
- Cut out all the birds on black paper (we used 16 total)
- Spray paint the skewers black. Let dry.
- Cut skewers to varying lengths.
- Hot glue birds onto the tops of each skewer at an angle so it looks like the bird is taking off.
- Arrange on top of a cake or cupcakes
HINT: To create black icing, start with chocolate frosting and tint with black food coloring. The chocolate frosting mixed with the black color will result in a rich shade of black as opposed to a grayish color with white frosting.
Photography by Clara Sumsion | Crafting by Rebecca Hansen