DIY Owl Cake with Sweetworks Candy

I was inspired to make an Owl Cake based on the Owl Cake recipe in the book, Cake My Day. You will have to buy the book to see their version but in this post I will share mine. This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Sweetworks.

DIY Owl Cake #CakeMyDay

DIY Owl Cake

I have never been all that creative when it comes to baking. Some people can envision projects, and have a great eye for what they would like their creation to look like. That’s not me. I hope that it will be someday, but for now, I need inspiration like those that come from the Hello, Cupcake blog and Cake My Day book. The Owl Cake is a perfect starter project. It’s an ideal way to practice decorating without having to worry so much about the baking part. Not to mention, it’s a blast for kids!

DIY Owl Cake

Using store-bought pound cake, you simply cut it in half crossways, and then trim the corners to create the shape. They go into a lot of detailed instructions in the book. One pound cake will get you two owls to decorate. Color vanilla frosting with food coloring and frost the cakes. Use Double-Stuffed Golden Oreos for the eyes, ears, and wings. The rest is all about your creativity using Sweetworks candy. I used the follow Sweetworks candies on my owls:

Shimmer Bright Pink Sixlets
Shimmer Lime Green Sixlets
Shimmer Spring Mix Sixlets
Shimmer Spring Mix Pearls
Shimmer Turquoise Gumballs
Pastel Hearts Sweet Shapes
Mint Ovation Sticks
Raspberry Ovation Break-A-Part

DIY Owl Cake

Owls are adorable and so are these easy cakes. Get creative and decorate them as crazy as you want. Get the kids involved and make it a family project. My only regret is not decorating them on the plates I wanted to serve them on. Once you frost them, they are hard to move without making a mess. Overall, the owl cakes make for an adorable and easy project for the whole family to enjoy.

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106 Comments

  1. I like that there are cake designs for any age and person. Using candy to decorate is fun for us all

  2. I like the easy and eye-popping cakes. I like that you don’t have to be a professional baker to make these as it can be challenging sometimes trying to come up with that cute cake idea that i know i could make and come out right.

  3. I like that some are advanced but some look like I could attempt them. That work boot cake looks so real.

  4. This is wonderful! I love making cakes into other things. I have done hamburgers, spiders, cartoon characters, but these are ones I would love to do and never thought of. So cute!!

  5. There are so many unique cakes to make. I like that the book has easy directions and photos that show what the cake should look like. It is amazing that you can transform a loaf cake into a retro vacuum cleaner for Mom. These cakes are works of art.

  6. They give very detailed instructions with good pictures to help you be able to make them (HA!)
    Thanks for the contest.

  7. I want to win this for mhy sister who makes a lot of cakes for friends parties, etc. She could learn a lot of new designs using sixlets with this

  8. I think that it’s interesting that the recipes and instructions only require every day bowls, pans and measuring cups according to the description. I think that’s great.

  9. I like the step by step instructions. I also like how easy it looks to decorate with candy.

  10. I just love how you used the licorice for the twig, this is too adorable! I usually wing cakes and have a lot of trial and error, Cake My Day could really save me a lot of frustration!

  11. I like the really original ideas. My favorite is the Waffle House, instead of a gingerbread house. I definitely want to try that!

  12. I would love to win this book for my cousin’s daughter. She makes amazing cakes and this book has all good cake designs in it.

  13. This is such a neat book and I love the section which uses a store bought pound cake (or two) so you can focus on just the decorating aspect.

  14. I like how you can start out with a Sara Lee pound cake and just decorate away. How simple would that be!!

  15. I love the variety of looks that this book shows! I love throwing bday parties for my boys so this will give me more ideas!

  16. I love the cakes that use candy and other items to make them look so cute – I don’t have a very steady hand, so I like the idea that even I can make a cool looking cake!

  17. Yes would like to have the book, there are some awesome ideas in it, that I would have never thought about

  18. I love that there are great photos. I am the type that needs a good picture of what the end result is supposed to looks like.

  19. I love the beautiful designs. I like how easy they make it sound to make the different cakes. It might be something I could do.

  20. My favorite feature of the book is that you don’t need fancy kitchen utensils or pans in order to create most of the recipes.

  21. Your owl is adorable! I love sixlets. I like that this book uses sparkle and shimmer to draw interest to the cakes.

  22. I love all the great photos! My kids and I love to look through cookbooks together and try new things.

  23. wow what a cute cake . thanks fo much for sharing , i wanna try to make one for my Grandsons birthday in June 🙂

  24. I love to bake cakes, but never know how to decorate them. This would be the best book ever for me. The pictures are fantastic.

  25. That is one of the cutest little owls I’ve ever seen! You are so creative! I love this springtime treat! Sharing this with a girlfriend of mine who is obsessed with owls! 🙂

    Join in on our weekly #CelebrateSouthern link up! We’d love to have you join in on the fun!

  26. I think what I like best is that I can use everyday items in my kitchen to bake these masterpieces, like the toaster cake.

  27. I like that there is a whole chapter on using store bought pound cake so I don’t have to worry about my lacking baking skills and can just decorate.

  28. I love the new ideas they have for decorating with candy, how to make it look good with a lot less effort. I also love that they include a from scratch cake recipe, as well as how to decorate pound cake 🙂

  29. I love that they include instructions for starting with store bought pound cake. We’ve already had several 90+ degree days here, so I imagine I won’t be doing any baking this summer, but I can still make a pretty cake!

  30. I like that it includes colorful illustrations of the cakes and that you can create the confections with everyday kitchen tools. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

  31. I love all of the ideas and tips and tricks. I can be a beginner, but end up with a pro product in the end! Sounds great!

  32. I love the section on Sara Lee Pound cakes. It takes all the worry out of baking and being unsure if it will turn out.
    It would be worth keeping a Pound cake in the freezer just for the emergencies.

  33. I love the unique design ideas and the whole idea of using candy to add texture and color to the cakes.

  34. My favorite thing about the book is that the authors don’t make you feel like you have to be an expert baker to make a cake that looks fabulous!

  35. I really like the bright photos, clever cake ideas, and simple instructions for creating the cakes.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  36. I love the easy to follow instructions cute colorful ideas and pictures even great for a beginner like myself.

  37. This is such an adorable idea. This is the perfect book for people like me who ‘want’ to be creative, but don’t naturally have creative ideas all the time!!!

  38. From what I can gather on the amazon page, I really like that the instructions are so precise. It make it easier for a novice like me to be able to feel more comfortable with decorating. Thanks so much for the chance!

  39. I really like that the book shows you how to make these cakes using the tools and equipment that you already have in your kitchen. No special tools needed.

  40. I love the owl cake. I’ll have to make this for my daughter for her birthday. She loves owls.

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