How to Decorate a Chicken Cake

Updated April 17, 2017

From Chicken Little to characters in "Peter Rabbit," children often adore the clucking farm animal. Domesticated for thousands of years, chickens are a common theme throughout a variety of cultures and often used as characters for children's literature and TV shows. As a popular barnyard animal, decorating a cake as a chicken is popular with kids of all ages. Chicks, or chickens, are also the perfect theme for an Easter cake, as they are commonly associated with the holiday.

Place the cake on the platter and insert it in to the freezer. Freeze it for one hour or until firm.

Remove the cake from the freezer, take off any loose pieces of cakes and brush off any crumbs with your hands.

Spread on red icing around the top and bottom of where the chicken's head is to represent the small red flaps of skin below the chin and on the crest of the head.

Spread brown icing around the rest of the chicken's body to represent the brown feathers.

Grease your hands with shortening. Shape the black fondant into two, small equal eyes, in the size you desire.

Shape the yellow fondant in to a small cone. This will be the beak. Insert it into the front of the chicken's face.

Roll the white fondant between your hands to create small egg shapes. Place them around the chicken.

Allow the icing to set for 30 minutes before serving.


Other icing colours can be used to represent the bird's feathers, such as white or black.


Always allow the cake to settle before applying icing; if it settles after application, the icing can crack or become uneven.

Things You'll Need

  • Chicken shaped baked cake
  • Cake platter
  • Freezer
  • Red icing
  • Icing spatula
  • Brown icing
  • Shortening
  • Black fondant
  • Yellow fondant
  • White fondant icing
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About the Author

Based in Kingston, Canada, Samantha Lowe has been writing for publication since 2006. She has written articles for the "Mars' Hill" newspaper and copy for various design projects. Her design and copy for the "Mars' Hill" won the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award in 2008. Lowe holds an Honors BA from Trinity Western University, and a MSc in Occupational Therapy from Queen's University where she is currently doing her PhD.