Friday, 31 August 2012

Chocolate Owl Cake

My Mum is really good at birthday cakes. When I was little I had an ice cream cake, treasure chest cake, my name written in Smarties, a teddy bear, a princess cake and more over the years. So for her birthday this year, it was time to return the favour! She requested this owl cake, purely for its cuteness, and my sister and I obliged.It took us a couple of read-through’s of the recipe to fully understand how the cake gets carved up into the adorable owl shape, and I may or may not have cut it wrong initially but that’s nothing a bit of chocolate buttercream gluing couldn’t save! It’s actually not too complicated to make, with a round sponge making the main body of the owl and then a square cake carved up for the rest.

It was really fun to do something different and it felt pretty indulgent – chocolate cake, chocolate buttercream, marzipan, white chocolate buttons, milk chocolate buttons, Cadbury Flake’s and chocolate fingers all together, but hey, when better to indulge then a birthday? Especially when the result is this adorable. I don’t have any pictures of the inside of the cake as it felt a little morbid and also we didn’t use the original recipe. The suggested cake was made with melted chocolate and we wanted it to be a little bit lighter so used the chocolate version of this. The cake was huge when finished, and lasted a good few days, but happily it stayed moist even after being cut into lots of pieces. The link for the original instructions (with helpful step by step photos of the cake carving) is hereenjoy!!

10 comments:

La Table De Nana said...

You brought a true smile to my face..
This owl is adorable..
I made funny little cakes for my girls too..Elephants..etc..then shower cakes and wedding cakes.

You are adorable to have made this.
I absolutely love it Lucy..
What a work of art on the part of you two.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a cute cake! Great job here. What a lucky mum...

Cheers,

Rosa

Dewi said...

Your mum surely very happy with this cute birthday cake. You and your sister are truly talented! Happy Birthday to your mum!

manu said...

Wow this is really cute!!
LOVE

The Caked Crusader said...

Nice work - love the use of choccy buttons for feathers. If I was an owl I would want my feathers to be buttons!

Faith said...

Your cake is absolutely adorable, Lucy! You did an amazing job on it! I'm sure it was a huge hit. :)

Alfie said...

So cute! The way you've layered the chocolate buttons to look like feathers is great :)

Jess said...

I absolutely love this cake! I mean I'm turning 19 next month but would still love this to celebrate haha! I'm enjoying reading your blog :)

Jo said...

Awww such a cute owl. Excellent work! Like Caked Crusader, I'd definitely want chocolate button feathers if I was an owl. Happy (belated) birthday to your mum!

Brave Ski Mom said...

I absolutely adore this owl cake! So cute! I think I am partial to it, because I also adore Cadbury Flakes. I used to live in the UK where they are quite easy to find. Now that I'm in the US, I can't find them anywhere. Anyone have an idea for a similar product or substitute? Or where to find them in the US?

Thanks!

ps -- I came here via An Edible Mosaic and decided to visit because my teenage boys, while not bakers, enjoy cooking! cheers.