Really Easy Owl Cake

September 27, 2012Sew White

My Really Easy Owl Cake is so easy to make and so super cute too! A great cake to make no matter what your age. Video included too.

I made a video on how to do a really easy owl cake a few weeks ago and I thought I would do a blog post to match!

Really easy owl cake recipe at the bottom of the post 

A lot of people have asked for help making an owl cake like the one I made for my birthday which you can read about here-

Since it wasn’t really a time friendly cake I decided to have a go making a really quick and easy one. This is great for children to help make and is good to make for children’s birthday parties.

This is what I made – unfortunately he wasn’t given a name before being eaten by friends and given away to neighbours.

A really simple cut out and decorate cake – I’ve made this cake again and I’ve used the orange buttons for the belly again but used normal chocolate buttons for the rest of the body. It looked cute ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay so here is where I started – I made this template which you are welcome to use – if you click on it, it will open it up large. I used this template for this owl and the birthday owl. All I did differently was to make the belly on this owl a big wider.

I started making off a square chocolate sponge and placed the template on top and cut it out. Then covered it with chocolate ganache.

This is all I needed to decorate the cake – orange buttons for the belly and bashed up chocolate chips for the rest of the body plus 2 sugar paste eyes and a little triangle for the beak. I took a rolling pin to the chocolate chips as I didn’t want them to be so shiny. Chocolate buttons also work really well for the feathers.

How to make the Really Easy Owl Cake

Here is my little video on making this cute cake

Really Easy Owl Cake Recipe

Author Sisley White


The Cake

  • 200 g caster sugar
  • โ€“200g unsalted butter
  • โ€“140g self raising flour
  • โ€“half teaspoon of baking powder
  • -60g cocoa powder
  • โ€“4 medium eggs
  • If you want a vanilla cake, donโ€™t add the cocoa powder and use 200g plain flour then add a few drops of vanilla extract.

The Ganache/Decorating

  • 200 g of dark chocolate
  • 200 ml of double cream
  • 15 g unsalted butter
  • *1 teaspoon of brandy or liquor if you like
  • sugar paste for the eyes
  • orange candy melts
  • chocolate chips or buttons


The Cake

  1. Line a cake tin with greaseproof paper
  2. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

  3. Add the eggs and a bit of the flour to stop it curdling.

  4. Sieve in the flour and baking powder in (and cocoa powder if you are making a chocolate cake)

  5. Make sure you donโ€™t fill the cake tin more than three quarters of the way up. Otherwise when it rises it might over flow. If you some cake mixture left over you can make some cupcakes.

  6. Bake at 180 degrees for 20-25mins or until a skewer/cake tester comes out clean.


  1. Melt the chocolate and double cream in a bowl over hot water.

  2. When itโ€™s melted and well combined, add the butter (and brandy if you want to use it).

  3. When itโ€™s all melted together take off the heat and leave to cool.

  4. Leave to thicken up to the thick consistency you want.

  5. Decorate the owl with the sugar paste eyes, chocolate chips to make up the owl.

Recipe Notes

The tin I used was an 8 inch I think.

Happy Baking x


  • Lynne

    December 28, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Hello. Would you be able to tell me what recipe you used for the flat owl cake and what size tin? Thanks

    1. sewwhite

      December 30, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      Hi Lynne, it was a simple Victoria sponge with roughly one third of flour removed and replaced with cocoa powder.

      I used 200g butter, 200g caster sugar, 4 medium eggs, 140g self raising flour and 60g of coca powder. Mixed altogether and baked at 180 for 20-25 mins. The tin I used was an 8 inch I think.

      Happy baking! x

  • Emily

    April 28, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Hi There,

    I made your Owl Cake the other day for a friend’s birthday! Everyone loved it ๐Ÿ™‚ Your instructions were very clear and it was super easy to make.

    Thank you for the template and for the excellent idea.

    Emily ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. SewWhite

      April 30, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Hi Emily,
      Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely message. I’m glad the instructions were helpful. If you have some photos I’d love to see the owl you created! my email is

      Happy Baking

      1. Lynne

        April 30, 2013 at 6:17 pm

        I completely forgot to let you know that I made this in Jan. I upsized it considerably to a rectangular tin and my 2 yr old loved it! Will email pics. Thanks for the Inspiration!

        1. SewWhite

          May 8, 2013 at 4:43 pm

          It’s my pleasure and it’s so nice to hear that it was helpful. You picture is amazing – I shall post it up soon x

  • Jaime

    June 20, 2013 at 1:47 am

    Hi, I plan on making this cake for my daughter’s birthday in a couple weeks. A friend of mine has a stash of fondant and is going to make the eyes for me. Can you tell me the diameter of the circles? Thanks, and thanks for sharing this tutorial!

    1. SewWhite

      June 23, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      Hi Jaime,
      It is great you are making the cake please let me know how it goes! The eyes I think were about 5cm diameter in white, 3cm in colour and about 1(ish) cm in black. Have fun baking ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. jaime

        July 7, 2013 at 2:39 am

        i’ve just finished the cake for the party tomorrow…it looks awesome! thanks for sharing the tutorial. i’m sure it will be a big hit!

  • Erin

    July 20, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    The template looks very small when printed out. Should it be only about 6 inches long in the center? Seems like a very small cake.

    1. SewWhite

      July 23, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      Hi Erin, it doesn’t print that small for me. You should be able to print the owl template to any size you want. In the printer settings it should change size but you could also put it on a word document and and drag it to the exact size you require.

  • Melissa

    July 30, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Hello! Could you please let me how you added the choc bits to the edge of the cake?

    1. SewWhite

      July 30, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      Hi Melissa, The chocolate ganache is sticky so the chocolate chips should stick to it pretty easily. I hope that helps x

      1. Melissa

        August 23, 2013 at 10:21 am

        Thanks. How far in advance can you spread the ganache? Will it be okay overnight in the fridge?

        1. SewWhite

          August 23, 2013 at 10:40 am

          Hi Melissa, over night should be fine. I hope you enjoy making it x

  • shaheen

    August 2, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this really easy owl cake. I made it this morning with my nephews and nieces. Here’s the link if you are interested to see how it turned out.

    1. SewWhite

      August 6, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      Thank you so much for saying such lovely things ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad you and your nephews had fun!

  • Jennifer

    August 18, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this! My daughter is having an owl party next month and this will be perfect!

    1. SewWhite

      August 19, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      An owl party! That sounds fantastic. Have fun making the owl cake x

  • Natalie

    September 14, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    The cake is baking as we speak. While it cools there will be a trip to the bulk food store to find decorations ๐Ÿ™‚ I predict one VERY excited 3 year old at supper time!

    1. SewWhite

      September 17, 2013 at 11:46 am

      Ah how exciting! I’m 24 and still get far too excited about cake decorations and owl shaped cakes ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sarah

    September 16, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Thanks for the recipe and design! I made the cake for my Daughter’s 2nd Birthday. I used Oreos for the eyes and choc buttons for the pupils. White choc buttons for the chest and crumbled Flake for the wings. I also used your recipe to make 12 owl cupcakes! Photo:

    1. SewWhite

      September 17, 2013 at 11:45 am

      Your owl looks incredible! I like the idea of oreos for eyes. Thank you so much for sharing the image it’s lovely to see that my little tutorial was helpful x

  • abby

    November 5, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    hello making planing to make this cake tomoz and was wondering how long the ganache will take to set

    1. SewWhite

      November 5, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      Hi Abby, the ganache doesn’t take long to set, about an hour in a cool room should do. It doesn’t set fully but will thicken. Have fun. Tweet me or Facebook me a photo of what you make x

  • Susan

    December 20, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Made the cake for my daughters birthday, everyone loved it.

    1. SewWhite

      December 20, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      That is fantastic. Thank you so much for letting me know ๐Ÿ™‚

  • cup cake

    January 3, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    just made this cake for my 7 year old she is so excited to share it with her friends and my 10 year old is eager to make it for her leaving party at brownies thank you so much for your inspiration one happy mother with two very happy girls

    1. SewWhite

      January 3, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      Thank you so much for letting me know. It is so lovely to hear and I am so glad of the owl cakes popularity. I hope your 10 year old has fun making it for her brownie pack. I used to make a lot of cakes when I was in the brownies.

  • Emily

    June 13, 2014 at 1:58 am

    Silly question, but how do you make the ‘bashed ‘ chocolate chips?

    1. Sew White

      June 13, 2014 at 8:58 am

      Not a silly question at all. I used a rolling pin to bash them a bit to take their shine off and change their shape. They don’t need to bashed though depends on what look you want ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • latoya

    October 17, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    What size pan did you use

    1. Sew White

      October 19, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      It was an 8 inch round cake tin. x

  • Lynsey Ward

    January 31, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    What an amazing cake! I think this is one I am going to have a go at and let my daughter help.

    1. Sew White

      January 31, 2015 at 6:32 pm

      Thank you so much that is so sweet ๐Ÿ™‚ Have fun making it x

  • Brigitte

    April 12, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Hey Sisley! I could possibly mess everything up at baking what you can imagine. BUT: My best friend loves Owls and I tried your easy owl cake in brown and pink. Thanks so much for the tutorial and the template. It worked out perfectly great and even I got compliments on my baking. Cheers from Austria, Brigitte

    1. Sew White

      April 13, 2015 at 8:24 am

      Hi Brigitte Thank you so much for letting me know. You have made my day!
      I’m so glad you and your friends liked the cake and I’m sure it was spectacular x

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  • Sam

    May 21, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    I made this cake for my daughter’s 8th birthday. Not only was it simple to make, it also tasted delicious and looked pretty good too! Thank you very much

    1. Sew White

      May 22, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      Thank you so much for telling me! It is so lovely to hear.

  • Sarah Bedwell

    May 23, 2018 at 3:41 am

    I’m making this owl cake for my daughters birthday this weekend as she requested an Owl cake ๐Ÿ™‚ Really looking forward to seeing how it turns out!

    1. Sew White

      May 23, 2018 at 11:48 am

      Oh do let me know how it goes!

  • Sarah Bedwell

    May 25, 2018 at 1:57 am

    How big were the eyes?

    1. Sew White

      May 25, 2018 at 12:25 pm

      I think they were about 2 inches in diameter.

  • Lisa

    August 25, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    For a quickie version can this cake be made with box cake mix and pre-made frosting or is the ganache necessary for the decorations to stick?

    1. Sew White

      August 29, 2019 at 12:26 pm

      Hi Lisa, You can use everything premade if you just want to decorate it. I hope you enjoy it. Happy owl cake making.

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