However, incorporating peacock feathers into the cake itself can be tricky. I'm not a big fan of those cakes that have a peacock sitting on top and the tail coming down the cake, know the ones I'm talking about? The idea of a bird's butt sitting on the cake isn't too appetizing.
I also don't like to stick real feathers into the cake. Add them to the decorations AROUND the cake, don't stick them INTO the cake.
For this birthday cake I painted the feathers on using colored buttercream for the centers. I did the feathery parts with straight food coloring, then added some gold leaf to the centers to give it a little oomph that wouldn't fade out. Painting them on is a good way to solve the feather-on-the-cake problem, and it doesn't involve any birds squatting on the top tier. Which is always a good thing to avoid.
Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC in Richmond VA, and cake supplies online at www.acaketoremember.com and www.acaketoremember.etsy.com