Kids Cake Ideas: Owl Cake

Continuing our series of Kids Cake Ideas, Karen, mum of 2, put together this delicious looking Owl Cake. If you are looking for birthday cake ideas for girls that are a bit different and non-pink, this will hit the mark! Equally suited for your little “prince” also!

Cakes-OwlOne of my kid’s favourite books is the Owl Babies, my 10 year old still loves it, so when I saw this I had to make it for her birthday, she also only likes chocolate cakes so this did the job.

Serves 16


  • 350g butter
  • 350g caster sugar
  • 6 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 300g plain flour
  • 50g cocoa
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • Chocolate buttons
  • Chocolate vermicelli / tube of white writing icing.
  • 1 Flake and a Twix ( there will be loads left over for your cuppa when you are finished)


  • 2 x 23cm round tins, greased and lined on the base.
  • Piping bag with star shaped nozzle.


  1. Preheat oven to 180C/Gas 4
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.  Gradually add beaten eggs.  Add vanilla extract.
  3. Sift together plain flour and baking powder and add to cake mixture in 2 batches.  Add milk and mix until smooth.
  4. Divide mixture into 2 round cake tins.
  5. Bake on the middle shelf for 30 – 35 mins.( You will know your own oven so check near end of cooking time). Leave to cool for 10 minutes in tins before turning out onto a wire cooling rack.

For the Chocolate Butter Icing:

  • 350g Butter  (softened)
  • 600g icing sugar
  • 100g cocoa powder
  1. Mix all of the ingredients until nice and smooth. You will need icing for the cake and decorating.
  2. Sandwich 2 cakes together with chocolate butter icing. Cover the top and sides with icing using a palette knife to get it nice and smooth.
  3. Arrange chocolate buttons over the bottom of the cake to resemble feathers, cover the top half with vermicelli, use buttons and 2 dots of white writing icing for eyes.
  4. Use pieces of flake for feet, cut pieces of twix for wings and nose.
  5. Fill piping bag with remaining icing and pipe feathers around the owl’s face.
  6. You can use white writing icing for finishing touches

Related : Lots more ideas in our Birthday Cakes article

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