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    Who Whoo Turned Seven? The Owl Birthday Cake

    January 4, 2014 by Brandy Vencel

    This cake set another record for me. It clocked in at just under four hours. Some people knit. I? I make cakes, but only about four times per year.

    There were the Usual Mishaps, such as oh my, that pink really is fluorescent, isn’t it? I suppose I’ll have to find a blue to match. And also whose idea was it to do the crumb coat in white so it would show through like this?

    This is where we all celebrate being Type B and only slightly caring about this.

    Is there a Type C?

    Ahem.

    The cake feet don’t fit on the platter? Make stick feet out of chocolate! Problem solved.

    So, Q-Age-Seven wanted an owl birthday cake, and so an owl it is {or was — right now it looks suspiciously like a cyclops}.

    I followed the directions here, but chose different colors. This was supposed to be a pastel owl, but I digress.

    Here are some hints, if you plan to make this cake:

    • I kept it to a more manageable {for me} size by using 8″ and 12″ pans instead of the prescribed 9″ and 13″ pans.
    • This handy tool really does work, but I wish they made it in a larger size. Plus I need to own about twelve of them. But seriously, I see its potential, especially for cakes that have tiny details or handwriting.
    • Invest in a triple star tip. I found out about this tip last night, when I was reading some directions that came with my tip set. That tip would have saved me tons and tons of time. I mean hours. I’m getting a couple. I used to put off buying new tips, but I’ve learned that having the right tools makes a difference, and I really don’t want more three- or four-hour cakes, if I can help it.
    • Pay no attention to those directions on the box of cake mix you purchased. This cake is going to be Texas Sheet Cake thin. Put them in the oven, and check them at 15 minutes. I think I ended up baking them for 20, and that was slightly too long, in my opinion.
    • Add 2 extra eggs. Just trust me. You want this cake firm so that you can cut out weird shapes and carry them around your kitchen, etc. Extra eggs are just the ticket.
    • Use a sharp, tiny paring knife for cutting the wings and crown. Just do. It worked fabulously for me.
    In all, this was a fun cake to make. It is my habit to decorate the cakes the night before the party, and it is always fun to see big, happy eyes in the morning, peeking at the birthday cake.
    It is also nice that O-Age-Five has stopped Touching Cakes. This was the reason I used to ship him off to Granmama’s house the morning of a party. No matter what I did, he always ended up touching the cake. This year he was reminding other people not to touch the cake. We really are in Big Kid land around here, and I always find that shocking.

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    13 Comments

  • Reply dawn January 6, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    I have a three star tip, but haven’t used it; I haven’t done anything that requires big paths of one color stars …

    • Reply Brandy Vencel January 6, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      This was my second time covering a cake in stars. I can’t say that I really want to start doing that as my normal approach, but in this case I was afraid that if I tried to do it all with a spatula it would look too messy to be presentable. πŸ™‚

    • Reply dawn January 6, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      I don’t mind doing stars, I just haven’t had a big section to do … the kids always want something more intricate or I need bigger stars (like for Bag End).

    • Reply Brandy Vencel January 6, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      The Bag End cake! That was so great!

  • Reply Brandy Vencel January 6, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Thanks, Amber and Heather! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Heather January 6, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Oh wow, Brandy! I like the bright colors! Well done!

  • Reply Amber January 5, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Wow, that looks great! I love the colors, they are so cheery!

  • Reply Rebekah January 5, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    it’s super cute! I’m sure your daughter loved it. And that triple star tip??? I’ve never heard of such a thing….but it’s on my wish list NOW. πŸ™‚

    • Reply Brandy Vencel January 6, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      I know! I had never heard of it either, but it was briefly mentioned in my little cake decorating booklet I got from Wilton years and years ago. In fact, the booklet was SO old I was afraid they didn’t make the tip anymore, since I’d never heard of it. But I checked on Amazon…and there is was. It’s on my wishlist, too. πŸ™‚ Wish I’d known about it a few more days before Decorating Night. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Brandy Vencel January 5, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Thanks, all! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Tara Mitchell January 5, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Awesome job on the cake! Way to go!!

  • Reply dawn January 5, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Adorable! Great job!

  • Reply Sarah Mackenzie January 4, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Loving the new look here!

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