novelty pinterest pins with Ella a week before and we decided on an owl cake. I chose a favourite gluten free chocolate cake recipe. After all it was her twin sister's birthday too and Grace is celiac. The recipe has worked well before but on this occasion it came out of the oven all risen and beautiful. (I even ate a little cupcake I made with some leftover batter and it was light and airy.) The next morning the large cake looked flat. It still tasted good.
The cake was also too square. Well it was square when it went in the oven. When I came to cutting out an owl I wished I had used a lamington tin rather than a square one. It was cute enough but I would have liked a round face.
Playschool. She originally wanted to do it with sandwiches but we decided to use cheese slices so they would be gluten free for Grace. Sylvia loved instructing her younger cousin Ashy on making the owls. They looked great though everyone was too full from other food to eat them.
- Helen of Fuss Free Flavours for Bookmarked Recipes (coordinated by Jac of Tinned Tomatoes);
- Helen of Casa Costello for Bake of the Week; and
- Jane of the Hedgecombers for Tea Time Treats (co-hosted with Karen of Lavender and Lovage) for this month's Bonfire Night (because chocolate cake is warming and owls come out at night).
More animal shaped cakes on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Club Penguin cake
Green giraffe cake
Sparkles the rabbit cake
Viking cat cake
How to Make an Owl Cake
Adapted from Sew White and Laws of the Kitchen
You will need:
Chocolate cake baked in a lamington tin (I used this cake)
Baking paper and pencil
*Chocolate frosting (I used this one)
White choc chips (I used melts)
Black choc chips
Blue and yellow food colouring
Dark brown round lollies (I used junior mints)
[*My frosting had to be made first and then left to cool and thicken.]
Make owl template:
Cut out piece of baking paper the size of the cake. Fold in half and draw outline of half an owl (I would do the ear tufts on the side of the ears and then a smaller circle at the top for the head and a larger circle at the bottom for the body but the square didn't get much room for shaping - hence next time I would use a rectangle shape of the lamington tin). Turn over and trace the half shape to create a whole owl shape.
Cut cake into owl shape:
Place paper over cake (on a chopping board) and use skewer or other sharp objects to make marks on cake of the shape of the owl. Use a sharp knife to cut out the owl shape. Use a pastry brush or silicone brush to remove any crumbs. Transfer cake onto cake board or plate.
Make white chocolate shapes for eyes and beak:
Melt about 1/4 tbsp white chocolate and smear half over baking paper. Take a small spoonful out and mix with yellow food colouring. Smear on baking paper. Mix blue food dye into remaining white chocolate and smear onto baking paper. Place piece of baking paper in the freezer. Once chocolate is just setting, cut out two large circles of white for eyes, two slightly smaller circles of blue for inside eyes and a triangle for a beak out of yellow chocolate. I used scone and biscuit cutters for circles.
Frost and decorate cake:
Spread chocolate frosting over the cake. Clean any frosting from board or plate with a cloth. Place white circle on frosting for eyes. Use a small dab of frosting to attach the blue circles on the white circles. Then use a small dab of frosting to place lollies in the middle of the blue circle. Now place white choc chips overlapping so that they form a half circle breast of the bird that goes just a little below the eyes. Place yellow triangle between eyes as beak. Arrange dark choc chips overlapping around the rest of the body and head of the owl.
On the Stereo:
Costello Music: The Fratellis