August 19, 2011

Hoot the Owl birthday cake in pictures

The Bowler turned two on Sunday.
He adores Giggle and Hoot on ABC for Kids so the birthday cake was always going to be a great big Hoot the Owl.

I had big plans to do a step by step of how to make a Hoot the Owl cake but time restrictions over here at the Pavillion have meant that the pictures will have to tell the story.





























Hoot hoot.


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  1. that is utterly amazing. you have no idea how impressed i am right now. lost for words, just wow.

    justjump...
    saywhatyourheartwants.blogspot.com

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  2. YOU are a very clever girl, that looks amazing! I'd have sworn that came from a shop, perhaps you've missed your calling?!

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  3. Happy birthday Bowler and congratulations to a very clever mummy, what a beautiful cake.

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  4. Wow that is amazing!! well done!

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  5. Wow, that looks excellent - well done! You must have a lot of patience - I could never sit there and do all that icing work!

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  6. Wow! Your owl cake looks fantastic!! Well done. I wish I knew how to rock the piping bag like that. Happy birthday to your little one.

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  7. So so good. I hope you know this is a very special skill, to just whip a cake like this and make it actually work out.

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  8. I am in AWE!!! That is one great birthday cake! I can't decorate to save my life so I love looking at how other people do it. :)

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  9. looks so amazing and delicious we at the Fancy Bakers Shop we especially deal with this because some people love this type of cakes at home for dessert.
    wow yummy.

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  10. Gorgeous cake & the piping work is fabulous! I bet your little man adored! I'm making a Hoot cake this week but using fondant. If it looks half as fab as yours I'll be happy :)

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  11. What an awesome cake! Thanks so much for your photos and inspiration! Here's my first attempt for my son's first birthday party in a few weeks.
    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150483475857394.422693.653427393&type=3

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  12. Wow!! I've been hopeless at making special cakes for the kids, tend to go for a humungus choccie cake covered in maltesers, but maybe will add some more creative ideas to the repertoire this year. Inspiration!

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  13. Aren't you clever!? That looks superb! Yum. Thanks for Rewinding x

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  14. Your Hoot looks fantastic! I was just wondering what size cake pans you used. I am also having a Hoot party for my 2 year old and am planning out how to do the cake.

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    1. I think I used an 8inch for the top and a 7inch for the bottom or it may have been a 9 and a 7. You just need to make sure that the head one is bigger because that is the focus of it all. Good luck with your cake....Let me know when you have pics!

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    2. Hi,
      How early did you bake the cake before the event? What should I do if the cake feels dry by the time I start to ice the cake?

      Thanks

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  15. did u ice same day or day b4

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    1. I always bake the cake ahead of time and freeze it. I cut and ice the cake while it is part frozen as the icing will sit better on a cold cake.

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  16. awesome gunna give it a go.

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  17. Thanks for the pictures i'm going to try the hoot cake for daughter's 1st Birthday on the weekend

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  18. Thank you so much for your step by step photos :o) You have no idea how much you have helped me with the Hoot Cake that I will attempt to make for my grandson. My grandson is turning 1 next month and he abslolutely adores Giggle and Hoot. I had no idea where to begin, well thats was until I found your website. Thank you so so so much......my grandson will really appreciate your time and great effort. I'll have to show you a photo of my attempt. Thank you again

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    1. Hi Lily, That's wonderful feedback, you have made my day! I would love to see a picture of your grandson's cake when you have made it. Happy birthday to him!

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  19. Thanks for the photos. I want to make something similar for my 2 year old and this is a great inspiration. She's a big fan of Hoot so I'm hoping I can do some justice to your design. Just wondering how much piping experience you need top pull this off (and make it look half decent). Any tips for a novice?

    David :)

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    1. I think my best advice is to take your time. I dont think you need heaps of piping experience and if you dont want to pipe it all you could just smooth the icing on with a spatula. Good luck!

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  20. Wonderful pictures, I am making a birthday cake for my nephew later this month and this is what I would love it to look like! Can you tell me what icing mixure you used. I'm worried it will be too soft, to hard or not hold up well. Thank you in advance!

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    1. Hi there, hope all went well with your cake and sorry i missed replying with your icing question. I use a simple buttercream mixture which is 125g butter, 1 and a half cups of icing sugar and 1 tsp of vanilla. For this cake I would use that recipe x 4.

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  21. Can I ask did you use 2 different size cake tins? If so, what sizes??

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    1. I think I used an 8inch for the top and a 7inch for the bottom or it may have been a 9 and a 7. You just need to make sure that the head one is bigger because that is the focus of it all. Good luck with your cake....

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  22. You ROCK!

    I am attempting a 3D one but if it doesn't work I have your amazing instructions to make an emergency one.

    MWAH MWAH MWAH!

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  23. Are you for real? I made a Hoot cake which I was so incredibly proud of that I blogged it.....now I see this and realise that you are the Cake Mistress and I am but a lowly novice.
    You're Hoot is amazing! I tip my hat in honour of your spectacular Hoot.
    I'll be watching what you do for next year ;-)

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  24. Your cake is amazing!! I'm attempting one for my daughters first birthday and was wondering if you had any tips on doing the heart and eyes ?? Thanks

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    1. Thank you! I piped on plain white into the right shape and then flattened it down with the tip of my finger dipped in a tiny bit of water....that helps get a smooth finish. Or you could use the back of a spoon. Does that help? Suz

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  25. after alot of googling i found your fantastic hoot cake. your photos told your story to perfection. I made your cake in Feb for my daughters 2nd Bday and everyone was soooo impressed. I am interested to see more hope you will post more thank you again

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  26. Hi suz,

    I would like to attempt this for my little ones 1st birthday. Canyou please tell me the name of the food colouring you used as the. Colours look pretty spot on and also what piping tip did you use? Did you smooth over the eyes rather than pipe?

    Any tips would be great!! Thanks, Vanessa.

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    1. Hi Vanessa, I used the Wilton gel colours i bought at Spotlight. I can't find the actual color names but the sample on the lid looked very close to what I wanted. Probably aqua and orange. I used a small star piping tip for the blue all over - prob an 17 or 18. I used a plain tip for the eyes and heart - piped on white and then flattened it with my finger dipped in a bit of water. Does that help? Suz

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  27. This post helped me make my daughter's Hootabelle cake. Thanks so much.

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    1. Karen - do you have any pics of your Hootabelle cake? I'm soon to attempt one...

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    2. Suz - beautiful cake - thanx for the photos!

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  28. ombloodygod..... ive been pulling my hair out trying to decide what cake to make for my 3yos birthday in 2 weeks. Ive gone crazi until i saw this cake!! Im going to attempt it; i have not one creative bone in my body so lets see how this goes! im a tad nervous! Im sooo impressed u should be very proud of yourself!

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  29. hi
    thank you for telling us all about your special cake, wow I have been looking eveywhere for a great and easy Hoot cake.
    yours is great, are there any tips I should know before attempting him?
    will it look good if I smooth the icing instead?
    should I ice the sides of the cake before the top?

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    1. Hi anonymous, read through the other comments and my replies to get some tips. You could smooth the icing but I think piping gives more texture to Hoot. I find it easier to pipe sides first and gradually build into the middle but it's a personal thing! Good luck

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  30. Hi Suz
    how did you cut for Hoot's beak?

    I cant wait to attempt this for my little ones birthday.

    Belinda

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    1. i think from memory we just cut some shapes out of the spare bits of cake! Two little almost triangles and stuck them on with icing.

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  31. Hi, thank you so much for the photos!! I had planned on a hoot cake but had no idea how I was going to do it!! The cake turned out amazing, so thank you!!!

    Jo

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  32. Wow, fabulous cake. Going to make one this week for my son's 2nd birthday. What did you use for the black piping? i.e. pupils and stitching.

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    1. The cake turned out so well! All the kids knew it was Hoot and the parents were amazed! Thank you for making Michael's birthday extra special. I got black piping gel from Spotlight and used standard supermarket colouring for the icing. Needed a little red in the blue icing so it didn't look too green (the colour of the butter gave 'white' icing a yellow tinge, which seemed to disappear when held against other colours). I would recommend a quality orange colouring for the wings/beak/feet rather than stacks of yellow and red supermarket colouring (curdled slightly). Wet finger definitely the go for smoothing bits - great tip! So much better than knife.

      Hilary

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  33. Can I borrow this for my daughter's birthday?

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    1. of course you can.....more than happy for others to use it xo

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  34. Just about to start making this for my 1year old cousin - little nervous about the piping but fingers crossed - photos look AMAZING

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  35. Hi
    did you bake an extra cake for the wings and legs?
    if so what tin shape etc

    I love this cake, saw it a few months ago, thought about doing cupcakes but after seeing this cake again I think I will be doing this one now for my little boys 1st birthday.
    Belinda

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  36. Hi Belinda, I didn't bake another cake....I just used the cutoffs to make the other bits and pieces. thanks for liking my cake! Good luck with making it and happy birthday for your little one, Suz :)

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    1. thank you Suz, this helps :)

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  37. Hi Suz
    how deep were the tins that you used? I think the ones I have are too deep, would that make a difference?
    Belinda

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  38. Hi Suz, Thanks to your blog I created the most amazing Hoot cake on the weekend for my baby's first birthday. My first attempt at a birthday cake and everyone thought I was so clever ;) Thanks again! Marissa

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  39. Hello what an amazing cake! I am actually going to b making one tomorrow for my boys 1st birthday I was just wondering how long it look u and did u cut the part off the body on an angle or just normally? And how did u cut the beak perfectly?

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  40. Thank you so much for this! I copied this for my daughters 2nd birthday and she was so impressed! You are very clever- thanks for sharing :)

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  41. I copied this for my grandson's 1st birthday and it turned out great! Thanks so much :)

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  42. Hi,

    I would like to know if halved the cake and put any icing in the middle?

    Thank you

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  43. Hi,
    thanks for the inspiration. Just made one for my little boy's first BDay. Would like to share photos with you but to be honest not sure how :)

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  44. Here are the photos, finally :)

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10200329911482660.1073741825.1600614713&type=1&l=c28139d4c6

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