I’ve loved owls since I was a little girl so I can’t get enough of the recent trend in cake decorating. When designing this cake topper, I kept it simple using only a couple of tools including a flower cutter for the eyes and wings.
Previous posts explored methods for making flat cake decorations out of chocolate, buttercream and fondant, so this is a good opportunity to start exploring 3-D cake decorations.
This is what I used:
Flat work surface
Small rolling pin
Flower cookie cutter (1.5 inch size)
Wilton #12 piping tip
Fondant in brown, yellow, blue, pink and orange
Choose a base color for your owl and roll it into a large smooth ball around the size of a fist.
Using the palm of one hand and a fondant smoother in the other hand, rotate your fondant in a circular motion while smoothing it upward. The goal it to create a tall oval for the owl’s body. The shape should have a flat bottom.
Rotate and smooth your fondant until you achieve this shape.
Use your small rolling pin to gently depress a dip in the top of the owl’s head.
Use your fingers to further define the two peaks at the top of the owl’s head.
Make sure that your owl is at least 3 inches tall. If you’d like to make a taller owl, that would look nice as well. Allow this body shape to dry overnight before moving on to the next steps.
Now we will move on to cutting out the colorful pieces that will become the eyes and breast feathers. Roll out your orange fondant and cut two flowers and three circles. For the circles, use the larger opening of the #12 piping tip.
Next roll out your blue fondant and cut out 5 circles.
Use your rolling pin to gently roll two of the blue circles so they become a little larger.
Use your water pen to wet the back of these two circles and attach them to each orange flower. This in the beginning of the eyes.
These are the pieces that you have so far. I recommend storing the cut outs under a piece of plastic wrap as you work so they do not dry out.
Next roll out your yellow fondant and cut out 5 circles.
Wet the back of two circles and layer them over the blue circles to build the owl’s eyes. Place the other three circles under your plastic wrap. We will use them later.
Next roll out your brown fondant. Use the large opening of the #12 tip to cut out three circles and the small opening to cut out two more.
Wet the backs of the smaller brown circles and place them as another layer of the eyes. I finished my eyes by hand rolling and attaching tiny blue circles. Store your larger three brown circles under your plastic wrap.
To attach your eyes, hold them up to your owl body and determine how much of them will make a connection with the body. Wet that part of the back with your water pen.
Place each eye carefully on the owl body and hold it in place for a minute as it dries. I use my fingers to shape the petals that flare out.
To form the beak, roll a large pea-sized ball of yellow fondant.
Shape the ball into a cone and use a tooth pick to press a groove in each side of it.
Wet the back of the beak and hold it in place a minute as it attaches.
The final color to roll out for breast feathers is pink. Cut out three circles and place them under your plastic wrap.
You should now have three circles each of five different fondant colors.
Wet the back of each circle and attach them slightly overlapping to form the bottom row of feathers.
Continue on to attach the second row of circles, slightly overlapping each one as shown. I placed the colors randomly.
Depending on the height of your owl’s body, you may have to trim the top row of feathers to fit them. I cut mine in half.
The finished rows of feathers should look like this.
Our owl is nearly complete. We will create wings now by rolling out the brown fondant and cutting out two flowers.
Gently roll each flower to make it slightly oblong.
Trim each wing as shown. You will use the larger piece.
After holding it up to the owl body to determine the position you like, wet the back portion of the wing that will make contact.
Carefully position each wing on the owl’s body ensuring the wet surface is firmly attached. Then use your fingers to flare out the “petals” in a position you like while it dries. I held each wing for a minute until it stayed flared out when released.
The final step is to create and attach the owl’s feet. Roll two small balls of yellow fondant.
Use your finger to flatten the back of each ball and use a toothpick to create grooves as shown.
Wet the flat portion of each foot and gently attach it under the owl. Be careful lifting the owl once the delicate wings are attached. Lift it from the back of the base.
This little flower owl is so cute and versatile that you could adapt it to fit any event from a baby shower to a birthday.