My little girl's turning 7 in a couple of weeks and she really wants a hen cake. We have a tradition in our family of homemade shaped birthday cakes -- so far I've done a ladybug, bumblebee, butterfly, caterpillar, bunny, fire truck, two tractors, a puppy, a lion, and a pipe organ (that was the hardest!). I am definitely an amateur , but the kids are little enough that a general approximation is good enough. Anyway, I've looked on line and the only chicken-shaped cakes I've seen came from a mold. I'm thinking there must be a way to bake the cake in a Pyrex bowl for the body (I've done that before), and I'll use cupcakes with yellow-tinted coconut for chicks, but does anyone have any ideas on how to shape the head and tail? Anyone have photos of a similar cake?