Cute Owl Cake


With almond feathers and donut eyes, this adorable owl cake is sure to be a hoot at your next party!

Start To Finish Time:
1 hrs


  • 1 13x9-inch cake (any flavor)

  • 1 cup Butter Frosting or canned vanilla frosting

  • Yellow paste food coloring

  • 2 cup Chocolate-Sour Cream Frosting or canned chocolate frosting

  • cup sliced almonds

  • 2 3 inch powdered-sugar-coated cake doughnuts or round sugar cookies

  • 2 malted milk balls or gum balls

  • 3 orange chewy fruit-flavor squares, such as Starburst

  • 1 pink chewy fruit-flavor square (optional)

Chocolate-Sour Cream Frosting

  • 12 ounce semisweet chocolate pieces (2 cups)

  • ½ cup butter

  • 1 8 ounce container dairy sour cream

  • 4 ½ cup sifted powdered sugar (about 1 pound)

Butter Frosting

  • ¾ cup butter, softened

  • 2 pound (about 8 cups) powdered sugar

  • cup milk

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • Milk

  • Food coloring, optional


  1. Place cake on a large flat serving platter or tray. For body of owl, use a serrated knife to make rounded cuts to remove the two corners at bottom of cake. For head, trim a small crescent shape from the top of cake. For wings, cut the trimmed crescent shape in half horizontally. Place crescent shapes, flat sides out, on top of cake at a slight angle.

  2. Tint Butter Frosting yellow; set aside. Spread the head, body, and wings of owl with Chocolate-Sour Cream Frosting, leaving a wedge-shape area on the body unfrosted. Spread the entire unfrosted wedge-shape area with yellow frosting. Insert rows of almond slices into yellow frosting for feathers.

  3. Place doughnuts on cake for eyes. Attach malted milk balls to centers of doughnuts using yellow frosting. Shape one of the orange chewy squares into a beak and insert into frosting between the eyes. Shape the remaining two orange chewy squares into four claws and insert into frosting at bottom edge of owl. If desired, shape the pink chewy square into a bow and add to head for a girl owl.

Chocolate-Sour Cream Frosting

  1. In a large saucepan melt chocolate pieces and butter over low heat, stirring frequently. Cool for 5 minutes. Stir in sour cream. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until smooth. This frosts tops and sides of two 8- or 9-inch cake layers.

Butter Frosting

  1. In an extra-large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Gradually add 2 cups of the powdered sugar, beating well. Gradually beat in 1/3 cup milk and vanilla. Gradually beat in the remaining powdered sugar until smooth. Beat in enough additional milk to reach spreading consistency. If desired, tint with food coloring. This frosts tops and sides of two 8- or 9-inch cake layers. (Halve the recipe to frost a 13x9-inch cake or 10-inch fluted tube cake.)

    Cute Owl Cake

Baby Owl Cupcakes:

Frost twelve 2 1/2-inch cupcakes in paper bake cups (any flavor) with Chocolate-Sour Cream Frosting and yellow-tinted Butter Frosting as directed for Mama Owl Cake; insert rows of almond slices into yellow frosting for feathers. For each cupcake, place two chocolate pieces on top of head for ear feathers. Add two white candy coating discs for eyes; attach two brown miniature candy-coated chocolate pieces to centers of candy discs using yellow frosting. Add orange miniature candy-coated chocolate pieces for a beak and four claws.Nutrition analysis per serving: 382 calories, 4 g protein, 56 g carbohydrate, 17 g total fat (10 g sat. fat), 50 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 44 g total sugar, 7% Vitamin A, 0% Vitamin C, 192 mg sodium, 8% calcium, 7% iron

Citrus Butter Frosting:

Substitute lemon or orange juice for the milk and add 1/2 teaspoon finely shredded lemon or orange peel.

Chocolate Butter Frosting:

Substitute 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder for 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar.

Coffee Butter Frosting:

Add 1 tablespoon instant espresso coffee powder or coffee crystals with the powdered sugar or substitute strong brewed coffee for the milk.

Peppermint Butter Frosting:

Substitute 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract for the vanilla and tint pink with red food coloring.

Almond Butter Frosting:

Substitute 1/2 teaspoon almond extract for the vanilla.

Milk Chocolate Butter Frosting:

Melt 1 cup milk chocolate pieces and beat into the butter before adding the powdered sugar.

Peanut Butter Butter Frosting:

Beat 1/2 cup peanut butter into the butter before adding the powdered sugar.

Spice Butter Frosting:

Add 1 to 2 teaspoons apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice with the powdered sugar.

Strawberry Butter Frosting:

Beat 1/3 cup strawberry jam into the butter before adding the powdered sugar.

Irish Cream Butter Frosting:

Substitute Irish cream liqueur for the milk.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

652 Calories
27g Fat
100g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 652
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 377mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 100g 36%
Total Sugars 76g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 0.9mg 4%
Calcium 141mg 11%
Iron 2.1mg 12%
Potassium 167mg 4%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 59.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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