Mama and Baby Owl Cake

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Owl Cake

This is the cake I made for Lil K’s first birthday. I literally decided on this cake like 2 days before her birthday. I used be all into cake decorating and think I was going to make these grand cakes for my kids, but it turns out I prefer simple, but cute. Although my son’s pirate ship cake and my daughter’s castle cake may suggest otherwise…

Anyhow, this pair of cakes is actually pretty simple. I managed to get them both out of one chocolate cake recipe and buttercream frosting recipe. There were just 4 adults and 3 small children to serve and we still ended up having a little left over, so…we didn’t do too bad. My one-year-old did get to plow into the little one on her own!

I used a 9 inch round and 5 inch round and the cakes were only one layer apiece. To get the cake, I simply used a bowl over the edge of the cake and cut around the outline to make the ears.

Owl cake

Pick two main colors. I used pink and purple. Leave just a little bit of icing white to use for the eyes. Ice the area that will be the bellies opposite colors.


Using a large leaf tip, cover the rest of the cake in feathers.

Owl cake 3

Add eyes and use chocolate chips for pupils. Use cashews for beaks and pecan halves for feet.

Owl Cake

Cute and easy!


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  1. These are so cute. I really love the detail on the owls and the buttercream frosting is my favorite. I wish I was better at cake decorating. These definitely make me want to bake.

  2. These owl cakes are super cute! I checked your Jake and the Neverland Pirates cake and wish I hadn’t missed that post. My granddaughter was fascinated with pirates so much that she insisted on having pirate theme birthday parties for her 3rd AND 4th birthdays. Wish I had some of your creativity! 🙂

  3. Those are totally adorable! I am tempted to make one for my 23 year old’s birthday since she is loving the whole owl trend.

  4. Very impressive….wow, what a great job you did on this. You made it sound easy but I’ll guarantee you, If I were to try this, it would never happen

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