I’ve made a turtle cake and a duck cake for Ashlyn’s birthdays but I was having a hard time deciding on what to make for Rowan. Thankfully I found a guide on how to make an owl cake on Pinterest and I knew what I wanted to make for Rowan’s first birthday! I started with my carrot cake recipe and made 2 9 inch round cakes. That was the easy part!
While they cooled, I attempted my template. Basically, you trace the bottoms of the cake pans (I have a lot of 9 inch pans for some reason so I used the ones that were not hot from the oven) onto some parchment paper and intersect them about half way or so. One cake will stay whole, the other will become the head and other parts: wings, ears and legs.
You can see my failed attempt at tracing the pans the first time through the paper, hense why I traced over the ‘good’ copy in marker. Then I cut out my template and when the cakes were totally cooled I used them to cut out all of the pieces. Next I pieced together the owl and did the quick and dirty icing.
I also used a few things I had around the house (ie some of the girls play food) to act as the templates for the owl’s eyes and belly. I just stuck the play food on top and used a toothpick to poke holes around them so I’d have a guide for my frosting.
Ashlyn had to get in on the icing of the cake. I can’t do anything in my kitchen anymore without my little
shadow helper at my side! We decided on a purple owl with a pink belly so I separated the cream cheese into 3 portions: the largest was purple, then 2 smaller plastic sandwhich bags of pink and white.
I used an offset spatula and one of those little spreaders that I think are meant for appetizers at dinner parties but it’s what I had and it worked! I cut the tips off of the plastic sandwhich bags and used them as piping bags. After I was done with the eyes I added some yellow colouring to do the little beak. Ashlyn added 2 chocolate chips to the eyes and I added a little bow to put the candle in and ta da! A cute owl cake for the birthday girl.