It was my sons 1st Birthday on the weekend and he absolutely loves HOOT THE OWL so the choice of what cake to make was made easy.
I asked our members for some blue and orange inspiration and any photos of past cakes. Jenny Bishop posted a photo of her hoot the owl cake and I used this to base my cake off. Thank you Jenny your cake was such a lifesaver.
I started out by free-hand drawing Hoot to match the size of my baking dish. Here is the template in a downloadable Jpg file. You can reduce or enlarge by using a photocopier and decreasing or increasing the %size.
|CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD|
|CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD|
BAKING THE CAKE AND CUTTING
I then baked my cake. Now I am normally a start from scratch cake person but when it comes to Birthday cakes I allow my self to cheat and use a packet cake mix. I use the 67cent Butter Cake Mix Homebrand Brand. This cake requires 4 packets. My reasoning for this is:
- I want to get the cake baked as quick as possible as I know I have a lot of work ahead of me.
- I want it to be fool proof - I don't want to be baking again
- It will spend a lot of time in or out of the fridge so it needs to withstand these conditions
- I prepared 2 packets together at a time and coloured one batch blue and one orange.
- Pour half the blue into one baking dish and then top with half the orange and repeat in another baking dish.
- Baking for approx 45 minutes or until cooked.
- Cool on wired tray and then place in the oven to cool completely and harden (making it easier to carve).
- Once it comes out of the fridge place the templates provided on the cake and cut with a serrated knife.
- Cut one of the cakes in half through the middle horizontally to create a piece for the head and eye section. This piece will need to be cut through to create to thin pieces (you can achieve this by using a piece of cotton).
- See here for assembly of the cake prior to icing.
- For the icing I chose to use fresh cream beaten with icing sugar and the food colouring.
- I used yellow and red combined to achieve the orange.
- To create the skin colour for the eye/eyebrow section I whipped straight cream uncoloured and then folded in a small amount of the whipped orange cream to tint.
- Ice the oval body shape completely in blue in place on the base you will be serving it on.
- Return to the fridge to set.
- Place the Head piece on to the body and ice with the blue.
- Using a piping bag ice the wings and feet with orange.
- Place the eye/eyebrow piece on to the head and ice with straight white whipped cream. Then pipe to form the eye socket section. Use the photo to guide.
- I used cut up licorice for the detailing.