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DIY: Owl Cake

I’ve always had a love for owls – in fact, one of my first posts on this blog was a look at an Owl Cupcake I had made (see HERE).  You can imagine my excitement when I found some old photos of my mom’s that included an amazing owl cake she had made!  How cool is this cake below?   And also, how groovy does my mom look?!  Thanks for the inspiration, Mom!!  AnyWHO (get it…), I decided to surprise my mom and make a cake just like the one she did.  And since the 1968 photos definitely haven’t seen the light of Pinterest yet, I wanted to share a DIY with you for the cake since it doesn’t yet exist on the internet.

Owl Cake Inspiration

For my owl cake, I’ve noted which type of candy I used below.  Feel free to substitute the candy (i.e. raisinets for brown peanut m&ms). As long as the candy is around the same size / color, you’ll have a good looking owl cake.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 frosted cake (preferably rectangular; around 12″ x 8″)
  • Candy:
    • 2 x Reese’s Pieces
    • 1 x Orange Slice
    • Peanut M&M’s: Brown + Yellow
    • Regular M&M’s: Yellow
    • Candy Corn
  • Spatula
  • Ruler

Owl Cake Candy


Step #1: Head to the grocery store and grab the candy for your owl cake.  [Note: I stumbled upon some seasonal bags of M&M’s at Target (hence the dark yellow / tan colored peanut ones), but the regular milk chocolate and peanut bags will work just as well.]  Once you have your candy, pick out the yellow and brown M&M’s from the bags. Organize your candy and make sure you have everything you need for each of the owl elements.

Step #2: First test out your owl on a piece of paper so you can figure out what your dimensions are going to be. Use the dimensions to properly center your cake.

Step #3 + 4: Start assembling the owl onto the top of your cake. If you wish to include text, position the owl closer to the top or bottom, while still keeping the owl centered.

Step #5: Once all of the details have been added, use a spatula to smooth out any bumps that occurred while decorating.

Step #6: Add text (if you wish) and set in the refrigerator to set for at least 15 minutes before serving. And ENJOY!!

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  1. Grace @ sense and simplicity

    November 5, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    The owl cake is adorable and so doable. I’m going to make it for my daughter’s birthday. I love the old photos of the cake and your very hip Mom.

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