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!
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 🙂
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.
Here is my little video on making this cute cake
Ingredients for the Cake
The tin I used was an 8 inch I think.
-200g caster sugar
–200g unsalted butter
–140g self raising flour
–half teaspoon of baking powder
-60g cocoa powder
–4 medium eggs
(If you want a vanilla cake, don’t add the cocoa powder and use 200g plain flour then add a few drops of vanilla extract.)
– Line a cake tin with greaseproof paper
– Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
– Add the eggs and a bit of the flour to stop it curdling.
– Sieve in the flour and baking powder in (and cocoa powder if you are making a chocolate cake)
-Make sure you don’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.
-Bake at 180 degrees for 20-25mins or until a skewer/cake tester comes out clean.
Chocolate Ganache Recipe
200g of dark chocolate
200ml of double cream
15g unsalted butter
*1 teaspoon of brandy or liquor if you like
-Melt the chocolate and double cream in a bowl over hot water.
-When it’s melted and well combined, add the butter (and brandy if you want to use it).
-When it’s all melted together take off the heat and leave to cool.
– Leave to thicken up to the thick consistency you want.
Happy Baking x