This might surprise some of you, but I actually do cook. Quite well, in fact (when I want to). And my favorite thing to make? Is cake.
So since Tori is currently obsessed with owls (trendy kid that she is), I simply had to make her an owl cake for her birthday. And not just a cake decorated with owls. Nope, this had to be the real deal—a 3D owl.
But you know what? Directions for a 3D owl cake are hard to find. Most leave several steps out—meaning we had to do a whole lot of improvising. So, to save you the same pain we went through (should you be crazy enough to attempt this), below you’ll find everything you need to know to make an owl cake like this one:
What you’ll need:
Ingredients for the owl cake:
- Three cake mixes (trust me, this is enough work. You don’t want to make it from scratch).
- Three containers of frosting
- Oreo cookies
- Banana runts
Hardware for the owl cake:
- 2 1 liter size Pyrex bowls-oven safe glass bakeware (for the head)
- 2 1.5 liter size Pyrex bowls-oven safe glass bakeware (for the body)
- 2 High sided cake pans
- Small wooden dowels or chopsticks
Ready? Okay, it’s time to dive in.
Instructions for the head of the owl cake:
Step 1: Prepare one cake mix, just as package directions recommend
Step 3: Place water filled cake pan into oven (This allows for even baking so the edges will not burn before center is done baking)
Step 5: Cover with aluminum foil after about 40 minutes. Continue to let cook for a total of 60-70 minutes (until a toothpick comes out clean). Take the bowls out of the oven, but leave the water pan in the oven to cool.
Step 7: Remove cakes from bowls and then wrap cakes in plastic wrap (after cooling) and place in the refrigerator).
Step 8: Take a break.
Step 9: Pre-heat oven to 320 degrees.
Step 10: Prepare the remaining 2 cake mixes.
NOTE: Do NOT overfill pans as they will overflow and make a giant mess in your oven. Only fill each bowl three-quarters full. Use the leftovers for cupcakes.
Step 12: Place your lovely cakes in a water bath and cook for 90-100 minutes. Remember to cover with tin foil about an hour in so they don’t burn. Test the middle with toothpicks.
Step 13: Remove, cool, wrap and chill in the fridge.
Finally, it’s time to put our owl together.
Step 17: Split two Oreos apart for the eyes and stick on the cake. Make pupils with chocolate icing or Junior Mints.
Step 18: Make beak and feet with banana runts (although we just cut up a yellow plastic cup).
Step 22: Go pour yourself a drink. You deserve it.