Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Cutest Owl Cake and Decorations

I made the cutest (well in my opinon) owl cake last Saturday for my little boy's baby shower.  Unlike a traditional shower that happens before your little bundle of joy arrives, we had a welcome to the world shower.  Gavin decided to come 2 weeks before the scheduled shower and about 6 weeks before his due date.  I had never been to a shower for the baby after they were born so I had no idea what kind of invites to send out.  I finally thought of "Looks Whos Here" and that led me to the idea of owls.  I did not have a blog then so I only have a few pics, sorry but here are a few of my ideas. 

First, I googled owl cakes and found Anita's blog "Leave Room for Dessert" she had the cutest owl cake and great instructions.  I did not follow her recipe but I did use her idea of tracing my pans and then drawing my pic and cutting out my pieces.  I used a regular box of chocolate cake mix and added half a box of instant choc pudding to help the batter be firmer so it would be easier to work with and I used applesauce instead of oil.  (It was super yummy by the way) After I cooked the cake and it cooled for awhile I traced my pans and then drew my owl on those circles.  I then cut out my pattern pieces to see what I would need to cut from my cake. 
My cut out cake.  One whole round was left alone and I cut the other one up.  Again sorry I did not take pics of the process but check out Leave Room for Dessert for a more detailed tutorial.
Some of my pattern pieces.
I laid my pattern back on my cake to see where the frosting should go.  I used a toothpick to poke holes in the cake to leave the design so I could frost around it.  And I was not exact so just have fun with it.

I made my own icing from a Wiltons box that I bought from Michaels.  I don't like the super sweet stuff so I used the whipped icing.  It is yummy but it does not get firm so it will not show the details that buttercream will.
Frosted cake :)
I made one large bowl of icing and then pulled out a little bit at time to color. I used the Wilton icing dye not food coloring and I used M&Ms for the eyes.  Over all I think it was adorable, not professional but perfect for me and my boys will know it was made with love. 

I also made the very few decorations for the party.  I could not find anything in the stores so if you can't buy it make it!  Way more fun and super cheap.  I picked up 6 pieces of felt from the store for 0.29cents each.  Then I drew out different owl parts wings, eyes, body, etc in differnt sized and started tracing on my material.  A little hot glue and a few buttons later (buttons were for the eyes) and here are my owls.

Felt owls (sorry bad picture and this is only a few of them.)
Anyway this was super fun and super cheap to do.  A store bought or professionally made cake would have cost me more than $20.  Mine was about $6 and a little time baking with my family and planning out the design.  The owls cost about $2.  I think it was successful have fun and if you make a owl cake let me know.

Linking to:
http://funkypolkadotgiraffe.blogspot.com/
http://www.ladybug-blessings.com/
http://www.creationsbykara.com/
http://www.733blog.com/
http://www.somedaycrafts.blogspot.com/
http://www.sugaranddots.com/
http://www.katiesnestingspot.com/
http://weliketolearnaswego.blogspot.com/
http://www.herecomesthesun-kelly.blogspot.com/
http://www.shabbynest.blogspot.com/
http://www.504main.com/
http://www.kojo-designs.com/
http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/
http://www.chickenscratchny.com/2012/05/whats-cluckin-2-birthdays.html
http://thegrantlife.com/
http://www.watchoutmartha.net/

  

24 comments:

  1. We had a great time, so glad we could come! The cake was so stinking cute and tasty too!!

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  2. Cute! Wanna come do a birthday cake for me? My poor child will never get cute cakes like yours :))

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  3. I loved it so much I pinned it! Thanks for the how-to! ~Deirdre

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    1. Oh thanks so much! I am so exicited you stopped by and enjoyed it. I am new to blogging so I am trying to get the hang of it. I will be sure to stop by your page soon. Thanks again I and hope you stop back by in the future.

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  4. That is seriously the cutest owl cake I think I've ever seen. My friend just threw an owl themed baby shower for her sister, I wish she had been able to see this before she made hers! I would love it if you would link up at Watch Out, Martha!’s first link up party: Martha Mondays on May 7th! Hope to see you there! (www.watchoutmartha.net )

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    1. Oh goodness thank you so much and I will be there. Thanks for stopping by and please visit again!!

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  5. That is a really cute owl cake. Hope the shower went well.

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  6. This cake is adorable! I'm pinning it! I would also love for you to link up at my What I Learned Wednesday link party. Hope to see you there! http://weliketolearnaswego.blogspot.com/2012/05/what-i-learned-wednesday-8.html

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  7. Really cute. I've been making owl stuff too lately, so maybe I should do this for my son's first birthday. nice job.

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    1. Thanks and you should so give it a try! If you do please share a photo!

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  8. This is adorable! I love all the owls on the wall! They have such cute eyes. Thanks for sharing this!

    I'd love it if you would come link this up to my Birthday Link party! (In your case it really was a birth party!)

    http://www.chickenscratchny.com/2012/05/whats-cluckin-2-birthdays.html

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    1. Thanks so much. I will be sure to check it out!

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  9. Hi! Visiting from blissful and domestic. I love this owl cake! I think you did a great job! Super cute!

    Newest follower.. would love for you to share this at my Friday link party going on now! :)

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    1. Hi! Thanks so much and I love blissful and domestic! I would love to link to your party and thanks so much for following. I am so new and learning everday. I hope I can improve my blog and gets great tips for all of you who have been doing it for a while.

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  10. This is such a cute cake. Great job.

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  11. Andrea,

    Cute cake! I can't decorate a cake if my life depended on it. Which is why I posted a KitKat cake this week. Check it out. The candy hides all the flaws.

    I'm visiting from the Cheerios and Lattes linky party. I would love it if you stopped by my blog.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Laura

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    1. Laura,
      Thanks so much! And a KitKat cakes sounds smart and delicious! I will be sure to stop by soon and I hope you will visit again!

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  12. Thanks for linking up to What I Learned Wednesday! I'm featuring you tomorrow!

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  13. Thank you for sharing on Saturday Show and Tell. Hope to see you back next week!
    -Mackenzie
    http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com

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