Chocolate owl cake

Chocolate owl cake

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Cooking time

Prep: 1 hr Cook: 1 hr

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 25

A fun chocolate birthday cake decorated with buttons, biscuits and marzipan - bound to be a hit with young children

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
527
protein
6.6g
carbs
57.4g
fat
30.6g
saturates
18.3g
fibre
1.4g
sugar
47.3g
salt
0.7g

Ingredients

  • 325g butter
  • 325g plain chocolate
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 325g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 450g light soft brown sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 300ml soured cream

For the icing

  • 250g butter
  • 350g icing sugar, sieved
  • 50g cocoa, sieved
  • 2 tbsp milk

Decorations

  • 8 giant white chocolate buttons
  • 2 packs milk chocolate buttons
  • 2 chocolate Flake bars
  • 60g yellow marzipan
  • 125g pack chocolate finger biscuits
  • candles (optional)
  • writing icing (optional)

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Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 4. Base line a 20cm round and a 18cm square cake tin.
  2. Put the butter and chocolate into a saucepan and stir over a very gentle heat until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Sieve the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl. Add the sugar, breaking up any lumps if necessary. Beat together the eggs and soured cream and pour onto the flour mixture. Add the melted chocolate and mix all well together until smooth.
  4. Divide the mixture equally between the two tins and bake in the oven for about 55 mins - 1 hour. A good way to check that the mixture is equally divided is to put a cocktail stick into each mixture and the levels should be the same.
  5. To make the icing, put the butter into a bowl and beat until creamy. Add the icing sugar and cocoa a little at a time beating well between each addition. Add the milk to mix to a soft spreading consistency.
  6. To assemble, place the round cake on a large wooden board or tray (the cake will need to served on this). Place the round cake tin on the square cake about 12cm from one edge and cut around the edge of the tin. Remove the smaller piece and place at one end of the round cake to represent the ears.
  7. Using the remains of the square cake cut almost in half to give an oblong (for the fence) and a semi circle (for the wings). Place the oblong at the bottom of the owl cake. Slice the semi circle in half horizontally through the middle. Arrange one piece each side of the round cake to make the wings.
  8. Spread the butter icing all over the cake. Cut the flake bars into small pieces and arrange on the wings to represent feathers. Keep the flake crumbs. Arrange milk chocolate buttons over the body. Place chocolate fingers on the bottom cake to make the fence. Using a fork, mark the icing to make the owl’s ears. Use the flake crumbs to make a v-shape between the ears like a 'widow’s peak'. Arrange the white chocolate buttons in two circles to make the eyes and place a milk chocolate button in the centre of each. Use a third of the marzipan to shape a beak and use the remaining marzipan to make two feet.
  9. Place the candles on the ‘fence’ part of the cake. You can also pipe a child’s name or message on the fence using writing icing.

Recipe from bbcgoodfood.com, June 2012

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jolal9's picture
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Just made this cake for my daughter's 18th, she loves owls. It looks great and was the easiest cake I have ever made!

grumpyoldtrout's picture
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What a fantastic cake! Very easy and quick to make, and decorating it was surprisingly straightforward. I do like my chocolate cakes, and this has overtaken my previous favourite as my go-to recipe. It looked amazing at my 5 year old's birthday, and it tasted delicious even 3 days after it was made. It was light, was very well-flavoured, had a good close crumb and stayed moist. Brilliant!

babyblade's picture
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This cake is HUGE! Made it this eve in preparation for party tomorrow and can't find anywhere to store it! It is however a gorgeous cake. Tried some offcuts & left over icing & they were lovely. Can't wait to see my daughters face tomorrow :-)

mrscoyne's picture
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I made this for my daughters 1st birthday. Everyone loved it; not just due to its looks but also the taste. I used vegetable oil instead of butter as i find it gives a lighter, softer texture to cakes. It tasted divine. I opted to mix the white chocolate buttons and milk chocolate buttons to cover my owls body. It was very easy and fun to make.

charlottehenderson's picture
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Fantastic cake that I made with my daughter who was in chocolate heaven (some of the buttons did not make it onto the cake). Feedback from the 'eaters' from my daughters class was very appreciative and one little girl said I should get 'class star of the day' for my cake so what more could you ask for.

gill1981's picture
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Made this for my 2 year old twins birthday, went down a treat. Really easy to do even for me, an inexperienced cake maker. The end results were fab and it looked great. Tasted amazing too. It did cost a bit for all the ingredients but so worth it. Would definitely recommend making this cake to anyone :-)

rmj1989's picture

I loved making this cake and I was so happy and proud with final results! It looked exactly like the picture above. Cost a fair bit to get all the ingredients but well worth the time and effort. Not only did it look good but it tasted delicious too! The whole process was fun but the decorating was the most enjoyable :)

Zootfruit's picture
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IT WORKED!!!! Lovely cake and not too hard to put together. Ok so mine didn't look exactly like the picture but had much praise for it so must be alright!!

ginadicamillo's picture

Hello, I think this owl cake looks awesome any suggestions on how to make a white version of this cake?

Or would there be a way that you could food color white or cream cheese icing brown? While i love chocolate cake, i don't like chocolate incing i prefer cream cheese icing or vanilla!

I love anything with an "owl " theme have been collecting owl figurines etc. etc. since i was 8 years old....

Zootfruit's picture
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My 7 year old wants me to make this for her birthday and even tho I'm an experienced baker I'm quite nervous about assembling it as I've never done a novelty cake before!! Wish me luck and ill come back and rate it when I've made it!!

katie_m's picture
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I've never made a novelty cake like this before and it went brilliantly - cake is delicious and the step-by-step guide got me through without any problems. Very cute cake!

mbruce-smith's picture

i think i slightly undercooked mine as the cake didnt come out of the tins too well but i managed to fix it and it turned out very well.The cake looks incredible and tastes so moist! A great celebration cake but need enough time!

schizopear's picture
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not just brilliant in appearance but delicious too!

nemracsenrab's picture
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We had this cake made for us at school - a great laugh as well as a really nice cake. I'm not a great chocolate cake person but I was suitably impressed! :)

doreese33's picture

I made this for my daughters birthday and was so pleased at how it turned out,the chocolate sponge cake is the most delicious we have ever tasted and the owl design had jaws dropping !!!WoW!!!

beckyemilyrayner's picture
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really easy to make, looks great and is one of the nicest chocolate cakes ive ever made !!

emmi_pemi100's picture
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Made it for my sister's 21st, absolutely wonderful! Looks amazing and tastes it too!

hilaryksharpe's picture
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I made this for my sons 1st birthday and it looked and tasted great. I added orange zest to the sponge mix and oj to the icing instead of milk and it tasted lovely and moist even after several days. I used low fat creme fraiche instead of sour cream and low fat marg which worked absolutely fine and made me feel a bit better about all the sweets which didn't quite make it onto the cake!

ge0jane's picture
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This is a really good recipe. Now, I've never made a novelty cake before and it was thankfully surprisingly easy to construct. The sponge was moist and the buttercream was delicious. The only downside was it was almost too cute to eat! I made this for a friend's (25th!!) birthday and she was delighted. Would make again without hesitation.

schizopear's picture
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i will be making this cake to celebrate my love of owls, and cake! looks awesome!

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