How To Make a Kick Ass Owl Cake.

by Amber on April 7, 2011

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:

Completed owl cake

Pretty shnazzy owl cake, huh?

What you’ll need:

Ingredients for owl cake

All the ingredients for the owl cake

Ingredients for the owl cake:

  • Three cake mixes (trust me, this is enough work. You don’t want to make it from scratch).
  • Eggs
  • Oil
  • Water
  • 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

Lick the beaters for the owl cake

Step 1.5: Lick the beaters

Fill an empty cake pan with water

Step 2: Fill an empty cake pan with water, leave enough room for the bowls or the pan will overflow and you will have a flood.

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 4 of owl cake prep

Step 4: Divide the cake mix evenly between the two bowls and place in the water-filled pan already in the oven

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 6 of owl cake prep

Step 6: Take the cakes out and admire.

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 9.5 of owl cake prep

Throw the eggs a hot tub party.

Step 10: Prepare the remaining 2 cake mixes.

Step 11 of owl cake prep

Step 11: Flour up your 1.5 liter pyrex bowls and pour the cake mix in.

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 14 of owl cake prep

Step 14: Put your owl together! Note: If cakes are not flat, you may have to cut them to help them stay together.

Step 15: Owl cake structure diagram

Step 15: Use this diagram to create a support structure for your cake.

Step 17 of owl cake prep

Ice, ice baby. The cake, that is.

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 19 of owl cake prep

Step 19: Use cream cheese icing to make "feathers."

Step 20: of owl cake prep

Step 20: Done! This is one big ass owl cake.

tori n the owl cake

Step 21: Present to child (take your pictures now, because you'll have to disassemble to eat).

Step 22: Go pour yourself a drink. You deserve it.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Brittany {Mommy Words} April 7, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Wow that is impressive! Great job! It is be hoot iful!
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Amber April 13, 2011 at 8:45 am

It was almost sad that we had to eat it. But it was also tasty, so not too sad.


Lady Jennie April 8, 2011 at 2:22 am

I AM SO IMPRESSED! (that I’m screaming) ;-)


Amber April 13, 2011 at 8:45 am

(so was I).


Allison @ Alli 'n Son April 8, 2011 at 9:14 am

This cake is awesome! Will you make me one for my birthday too?

Stop by today, I’d love to have you share this recipe with my linky!
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Amber April 13, 2011 at 8:45 am

Oh, I should’ve joined up! I was out of town. Next time…


BalancingMama (Julie) April 11, 2011 at 9:14 am

That cake is fabulous! Loved the bday weekend post too. We just had our big 3-yr-old bday party weekend here. So exciting!
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Amber April 13, 2011 at 8:44 am

Happy birthday to your little pipsqueak!


Jessica June 20, 2011 at 9:44 pm

This is SoOoOo awesome! I just got into baking cakes n I’m gonna make this one (my 3rd cake EvEr!) 4 my friends sons birthday on July 2nd! Wish me luck!!! :p


Amber June 21, 2011 at 9:04 am

Good luck!!! And come back and let me know how it turns out, okay? I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!


Jessica June 21, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I will! And thank you! I’m excited! :p


Shannon October 26, 2011 at 10:52 am

I love this and I cannot wait to make it for my daughter’s birthday party! Thank you for the fool-proof directions!!


Amber October 26, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I hope it turns out perfectly for you! Come back and let me know!


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