Who Who Knows How to Make An Owl Cake

An owl cake makes for a great child’s birthday cake, Halloween cake or just a fun way to show off some of your decorating skills. Our friends at Wicked Goodies made this cutie!
 
Who Knows How to Make An Owl Cake...We Do!
Tools Needed:
8" hemisphere cake pan (Fat Daddio's PHA-8)
Off-set spatula for frosting (Fat Daddio's SPAT)
Cooling rack (Fat Daddio's CR-half)
Heating core or flower nails
Turntable (Fat Daddio's TT)
 
Ingredients:
Your favorite cake mix or cake recipe. You’ll need 6 ¼ cups of batter for one 8” hemisphere cake.
Cake filling of your choice. I like really thick fruit jams or flavored buttercreams, but anything should work!
Vanilla icing (or any flavor of icing, so long as the color is close to white or a little off-white). 
Food coloring (brown and other colors of your choice)
  1. Butter and flour your hemisphere cake pan. Alternatively, spray it was a bakeware safe pan spray (we recommend Baker’s Joy).
  2. Prepare your cake batter according to your recipe or the one on the box.
  3. Fill your pan 2/3 of the way full. If your recipe makes a heavier, denser cake (like some homemade chocolate cake, or those with added fruits or something similar) fill 3/4 of the way full. The cake pan should balance on its own, but if you’re nervous feel free to balance it on a metal ring, metal cookie cutter, or in another cake pan.
  4. Bake according to your cake’s instructions, with a few exceptions. Use a heating core or flower pins (make sure they’re long enough that they won’t sink in your cake batter) and reduce your temperature by about 15-20°. The bake will take longer (the times will vary from person to person and oven to oven) but you’re making sure you get the cake nice and evenly cooked all the way through. Your friends will be very impressed.
  5. Once the cake is finished baking, pull from the oven and let cool. Then remove the cake from the pan, allowing it to cool on a wire rack.
     
    Pro tip: Don’t freeze your cake. Fondant covered cakes can go in the refrigerator (if they have a perishable filling, if not you can keep it on the counter covered). Don’t dab away any condensation that might form when you pull it out—just let it evaporate off the cake.
     
  6. Once the cake is cool, slice it in half and place on the turntable. Frost the top of the bottom half with your favorite cake filling of choice all the way to the edge. Stack the other half back on top again.
  7. Frost cake in white frosting. Try to make it as smooth as possible—any bumps you leave behind will show under the fondant.
  8. Take enough white fondant to cover the cake and slowly add brown food dye until your reach the color you want the owl’s body to be. Be careful using food coloring—it will stain your hand (and the rest of your white fondant when you touch it). Roll out the now brown fondant and cover the cake with it. Smooth from the top of the cake to the bottom and then slice away any excess.
  9. Using white fondant, cut out two large circles for eyes (or use a cookie cutter). Cut out two smaller circles in the color of your choice for the pupils. Continue decorating your owl with small fondant pieces, being careful to wet the back of each piece of fondant before adding it to the cake. This insures that the fondant will stay in place on top of itself.
  10. Be creative! Add feathers, wings, a beak, feet, whatever you want your owl to have to make it yours.  Serve and enjoy!