It’s Midi’s 8th birthday, so of course she wanted an owl cake. I’ve pretty much exhausted the internet’s supply of owl cakes, so had to come up with something myself. My friend Sutty joked about making a cake shaped as an egg and saying the owl hadn’t hatched yet. I laughed long and loud at that, but it gave me ideas.
I’d already baked a madeira cake in a bowl, intending to cut it up to form a stern, eagle-shaped adult snowy owl. I turned the cake on its end and joked to The Boss that it looked like a Stormtrooper’s helmet (or something ruder). Suddenly it looked like the egg Sutty had joked about. And the volcano bit looked a lot like an emerging chick. If you’d had more than a small glass of wine with dinner (!) Oh wow! If I could pull this one off, Midi would love it. And the gorier and more kitsch the better.
I’m showing you this as a photo tutorial to show you how easy it was, and in the hope that it inspires you to make something far, far worthier of being called a birthday cake!
Notes on quantities:
- A 1-litre pyrex bowl fits a 4-egg madeira cake mix. So make a standard madeira cake without the lemon using 150g sugar, 150g salted butter, 4 eggs, 200g plain flour, 10 ml baking powder. Bake for 65 – 80 mins in a moderate oven (180degC/350degF/gas 4). Make sure to grease and flour your bowl well, and leave room for the cake to volcano.
- I used about 3 tablespoons of jam
- I made far too much buttercream. It was from my favourite buttercream recipe, and I used 150g butter, 185g icing sugar and a dribble of vanilla essence. You could happily get away with using lots less.