Step 3: Shape the Cake

Picture of Shape the Cake
Once the cakes are cool, it's time to carve them into shape.

Cut the corners off of the rectangle and reserve pieces for the tail and beak.

Level the tops of the bowl cakes to create a flat surface.  Eat the scraps immediately.  (you're welcome)

If you want a hollow cake, use the large round cake to mark out its placement on the rectangular cake.  Then cut out a circle about 1" inside this mark (see picture 3).  

Cut a circle inside the large round cake, and also the small round cake if desired.  I kept the smallest circle to place on top and add height to the crown.