Really Easy Owl Cake

I made a video on how to do a really easy owl cake a few weeks ago and forgot to post it on here so here it is!

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-

https://sewwhite.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/owl-birthday-cake-part-1/

https://sewwhite.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/owl-birthday-cake-tutorial-part-2/

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 – I’ve made it for a few 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.

Sew White easy owl cake tutorial 1

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.

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

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29 thoughts on “Really Easy Owl Cake

    • 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

  1. Hi There,

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

    Thank you for the template and for the excellent idea.

    Emily :)

      • 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!

  2. 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!

    • 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 :)

      • 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!

  3. 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.

    • 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.

  4. 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.

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

    • 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

  6. 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

    • 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.

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