The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Cupcakes

Pirate Dreams
Posted on 08/20/2012 by cakecrumbs
How many of you bakers are fans of the Hunger Games series? Those among you probably would have been anticipating this weekend just gone with as much excitement as I was: The Hunger Games movie cam out on DVD.

I have an obsessive love for the series, and the movie adaptation of the first book was just amazing, so I was bouncing with all kinds of excitement. Here in Aus we got it on the Friday (or Thursday if you happened to go to a store that put them out early). While I was going crazy in anticipation, I decided to make some Mockingjay cupcakes to celebrate.

I wasn't really happy with how the mockingjay pin cupcake come out on my first attempt when I made the Hunger Games cupcakes, so any excuse to give this another go was a welcome one. 

Here's the final result:

The first one came from the first book, The Hunger Games. I have the special edition version of this book and was tempted to do the new mockingjay art, but I'm so in love with the pin I opted to retry it. 

Unlike the other two, this artwork depicts an object, rather than a living bird. So the eyes are just gold spheres and there are no feet. Both the mockingjay and the background are white fondant painted, mainly because I couldn't be bothered kneading the colouring in for hours on end!

Ideally, I would have liked to make the wings from individual feathers, but attempts to do that were lengthy or too bulky for such a small topper, so I opted for indenting them instead. Not perfect, but an improvement from last time, I think. 

The next is the Catching Fire mockingjay. This one is supposed to look more real-life than the pin. My version certainly isn't as elegant as the cover art, but I still had lots of fun making it. 

This mockingjay has eyes and feet -- the latter of which were terrible to do. I'll definitely try it a new way next time.

This mockingjay gorgeous primary feathers that extend like fingertips. The wings are my favourite part of this mockingjay on the cover art, so I hoped to do them some justice. 

And lastly, we have the Mockingjay mockingjay. This one is my favourite artwork of all the covers.

The first two I made largely by making all their components separately and joining them together. But for this it was done as two pieces. Shaping the entire body and tail was a challenge for something that dries as quickly as fondant. I made feet for it but opted to leave them off. They just looked so distracting and, unlike the Catching Fire mockingjay, are not a prominent feature in the artwork.

The colour was also a challenge. On the cover art, they're more shadow rather than markings, so it was difficult to decide how to approach it. It's also bluer in some versions of the cover. I used a combination of lustre dust and diluted food colouring to achieve this look. 

My favourite part was making the wings. I hope I get the opportunity to try these again in future so I can improve on techniques here. They're awesome fun to make. 

If you'd like to check out the progress pics, or see more pictures of the final product, head over to the original post at Cakecrumbs

diana_molloy 20th-Aug-2012 12:23 pm (UTC)
None of the pics seem to be working for me - I wonder if it's me or is there coding broken? Not having probs with lj as far as i know.
cakecrumbs 20th-Aug-2012 12:28 pm (UTC)
Oh that's odd. :/ They seem to be working for me, but they could be loading from my cache...
epic_cakes 20th-Aug-2012 12:26 pm (UTC)
I bought the 4-disc bluray set because I was so amazed at how perfectly they adapted it into a movie :D I'm a huge THG fan and those cupcakes are so perfect :D
cakecrumbs 20th-Aug-2012 12:31 pm (UTC)
Aweeeesome. :D I don't have a bluray player so I went for the regular 3-disc deluxe. I didn't know you got give the pin with it until I bought it haha. Oops. I was walking around the plaza afterwards grinning like a crazy person I was so excited.

It's so amazing. Have you watched the special features discs? I sobbed through almost all of it lol. It's just so perfect and beautiful. I hope the new director does Catching Fire as much justice.
epic_cakes 20th-Aug-2012 12:38 pm (UTC)
Mine didn't come with a pin but I already had one from Pop Cultcha (I wear it on my bag strap) so that doesn't bother me.

I haven't actually watched it yet as I've been flat out busy with some homework and sleeping off this exhaustion D: but I plan to watch it tomorrow. Are you on ONTD? Whenever a new cast member for Catching Fire gets announced, seems like nobody is ever happy.
cakecrumbs 20th-Aug-2012 12:49 pm (UTC)
It's a decent pin, but it's not a perfect replica. I plan to get a proper one soon. It's such an awesome design.

I'm super excited for you to see it. :D Glad I had a week off research when this came out haha.

I'm not on ONTD. I usually see posts pop up on the front page either in the feature or in the top posts, and if it's something I'm interested in it I'll pop over. But that place really isn't my type of crowd so I don't plan on joining. I'm thrilled with the cast thus far. Mags looks so perfect. And I am soooo excited for Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee.

Can't wait to see who they cast as Finnick. I'm really invested in Jessie Williams getting the part just because of all of the "OMG a black person can't play Finnick" bullshit that cropped up after he was rumoured. I wouldn't have cared otherwise, but now I want it just so Finnick doesn't become the stereotypical white boy so many people seem to want. But otherwise I don't really care - same as the casting for The Hobbit. I just trust what the directors and the rest of the casting crew are doing. I won't judge til I see the film.

Oh gawd I'm rambling now. The fangirl is out and bouncing now. Look what you've started!
epic_cakes 20th-Aug-2012 12:57 pm (UTC)
I hate to burst your excitement bubble but he didn't get the part :( he said so on Twitter. I wanted him too :( the name Sam Claflin has floated around more than once but the studio hasnt announced it officially. So yeah, probably will be a basic white guy :(

Did you get Katniss Barbie when she came out? I found her at Target several weeks ago and nearly died of excitement.

cakecrumbs 20th-Aug-2012 01:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I heard that. :( Also seen Tumblr freaking out over Sam Claflin. I'm just staying out of the rumours until it's confirmed otherwise I will go insane.

I didn't get the Katniss barbie mainly because it's Barbie haha. It looked a lot better than I imagined it would when it was first announced.
epic_cakes 20th-Aug-2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
Aw, we collect all kinds of figurines and dolls (the latter is mostly Monster High though).
cakecrumbs 21st-Aug-2012 02:42 am (UTC)
Sweet. Do you collect any certain ones in particular, or most anything? I used to collect dolls as a kid but I'm such a hoarder that things like that had to give in favour of other collectibles.
epic_cakes 21st-Aug-2012 02:43 am (UTC)
Transformers, Monster High (mostly Ghoulia), My Little Pony (Gen 4) and Mystique figurines, for the most part :)

We're getting a $250 Loki figurine that looks photo realistic for Christmas :D
epic_cakes 20th-Aug-2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
It's just a figurine :/ and her face is a unique sculpt. She does look as much like the actress as anyone could possibly sculpt for a Barbie.
yume_no_tenshi 20th-Aug-2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
Wow, she has ball-jointed wrists! You don't see that everyday in Barbie dolls. The ones they make nowadays, their elbows and knees don't even bend anymore. :(
angel_in_tears 20th-Aug-2012 12:45 pm (UTC)
Ohhhh wow. I so want to try those!!!
I was one of those Aussies that went and got it on Thursday... and I may have watched it three or four times since haha!

cakecrumbs 20th-Aug-2012 12:50 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, that's awesome! I'm only on my third go later tonight. I don't think my boyfriend would have tolerated sitting through it more than once over the weekend.
angel_in_tears 20th-Aug-2012 01:06 pm (UTC)
:D My boyfriend loves it just as much as I do, so I think I'm lucky haha. Though, when he doesn't want to watch it, he just cruises off to play World of Warcraft, so it all works out :)
cakecrumbs 20th-Aug-2012 01:50 pm (UTC)
That's so cool haha. Mine really liked the movie, but he's the type of person who doesn't see the point in watching a movie again because you already know what happens. When I said I was going to buy the movie he was like, "Why? You can just download it?" Fanboying is not one of his things haha. That said, he wouldn't have complained if I watched it again, but since we only get to see each other on weekends, better to spend the time doing something we both enjoy.
tiffuchan 20th-Aug-2012 01:32 pm (UTC)
Oh my, those are lovely!
cakecrumbs 20th-Aug-2012 01:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ♥
browngirl 20th-Aug-2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
SPECTACULAR. I am in awe!
cakecrumbs 21st-Aug-2012 02:42 am (UTC)
Thank you. :]
rainynights 20th-Aug-2012 07:03 pm (UTC)
Those are amazing! I could never hope to have anything I make with fondant come out as beautiful.

We bought the two disc blu ray of Hunger Games and it came with a "military coin" and it has the Hunger games on one side and on the back a list of the 4 branches. It is super neat and my son loves it.
cakecrumbs 21st-Aug-2012 02:43 am (UTC)
Thank you. :] Don't worry - three years ago I couldn't do this either haha.

That's awesome!
unconventional 20th-Aug-2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
These are fantastic. I aspire to be able to do this with fondant.
cakecrumbs 21st-Aug-2012 02:43 am (UTC)
Thank you. If you practise you totally can! That's all it takes.
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