Owl Birthday Cake Design

by Karen Tack

Owl Birthday Cake Design

How to make an owl birthday cake with chocolate frosting and banana Runts


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Serves 12




  • 2 cakes baked in 1-quart Pyrex bowls
  • 2 cakes baked in (12 oz) ovenproof glass bowls
  • 2 Oreo cookies
  • 5 banana Runts
  • 1 can (16 oz) chocolate frosting
  • 1 cup vanilla frosting
  • 2 tablespoons mini-chocolate chips
  • 2 Junior Mints


What you’ll need:


  • A serving platter
  • A chopstick or wooden dowel
  • A resealable sandwich-size plastic bag (Ziploc)


Trimming the cakes:


  1. Trim the top side of all of the bowl cakes to make level.
  2. Trim ½ inch from the curved bottom of one (1-quart) cake and place it wide side up on a serving platter. Spread the top of the cake with some of the chocolate frosting. Place the other quart cake on top, flat side down to make a ball.
  3. Repeat the trimming and assembling process with the 2 (12 oz) bowl cakes.
  4. Spread some frosting on the top of the larger ball and place the smaller ball cake on top as the head. Insert a chopstick or wooden dowel in the center to help balance the cakes (see template).


Frosting the cake:


  1. Spoon 1 Tbsp of the vanilla frosting into a resealable plastic bag.
  2. Spread the remaining vanilla frosting on the front of the larger ball cake for the owl’s chest.  Make smooth. Dot the chest with the mini-chocolate chips as seen in photo.
  3. Separate the Oreo cookies, leaving the cream on one side of 2 cookies for the eyes.
  4. Cut one of the cream-free Oreo cookies in half with a serrated knife to make the ears.  Press the cut cookies into the top of the cake for the ears.
  5. Spread the remaining chocolate frosting over the top, sides and cookie ears. Make the head area smooth. Using the back of a spoon, lightly press against the chocolate frosting and pull to make feather-like peaks all over the body of the owl.


To complete the decoration:


  1. Snip a small corner from the bag with the vanilla frosting. Pipe a dot of frosting on the head area and attach the cookies with cream for the eyes. Pipe a dot of vanilla frosting on the cookies and add the mints as the pupils.
  2. Insert one banana Runt below the eyes for the owl’s beak. Insert the remaining banana Runts into the bottom of the white chest area for the owl’s feet.