How to make an Owl topper and heart cake

Last month I made this Owl and heart cake for a little girl’s christening. The design is by my favourite cake designer, Bella Cupcakes, and Vanessa was very lovely in letting me use her design.

To start making the Owl, mix a hardening agent into your fondant (or use gum/sugar paste) and roll out an egg shape for the body.

For the arms, cut out a circle and then make ellipse shapes from the sides.

Roll out a ball for the head (note – this Owl has an oversized head!) and then gently pull out the top to create the ear shapes.

Attach the head and arms to the body (I’ve used a toothpick through the body and head to add support. You can use a dry piece of spagetti as well). Use something for the arms so that they dry curving upwards.

Cut out two heart shapes and then using a circle cutter, round out the bottom of one of the hearts.

Attach to the body and head.

Make a small bow using a bow cutter or you can use this tutorial if you don’t have the cutter. Alternatively you could use a small flower.

Add two white circles for the eyes

Add black circles for the eyes and using either an edible marker or a fine paintbrush (and some edible colouring mixed with a little alcohol), paint/draw on the eye lashes.

Make an orange triangle for the beak (apologies for the blurry beak photos!) and then cut the end with a sharp pair of scissors.

Attach to the face

For the feet, cut out two orange circles and then using a toothpick, mark the ends. Stick onto the body.

To make the floating heart, cut out a thick heart and wrap some white florist’s wire around a paintbrush to get the ‘curl’.

Gently insert into the bottom of the heart and leave to dry for at least 1-2 hours

I also added some purple hydrangeas to the top of the cake, some small hearts and used a letterpress to stamp the name to the cake board. I purchased the lace ribbon from Spotlight and attached it with some water and a dab of royal icing at the ends.

Fondant Owl

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10 Responses to How to make an Owl topper and heart cake

  1. kim July 19, 2012 at 7:17 am #

    perfectly adorable! thanks for the tutorial!

  2. Paula July 19, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    This cake is so delicate and pretty and the little owl is really adorable!

  3. Shona July 19, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    I have been obsessed with Vanessa’s work for the last few years – such a talented lady! You did an amazing job recreating the owl and thanks for the tutorial. x

  4. Irene July 21, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    Can you do tutorials on Vanessa’s cows and bunnies? They are just so darn cute.

    • BronnieBakes Admin July 21, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

      Hi Irene

      Thankyou for your comment. I sought permission from Vanessa to do her Owl and don’t really feel it would be ethical to do any more tutorials on her designs. I also don’t think I’m talented enough to pull off her animals as they are incredible! I hope you understand.


      • Irene July 21, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

        Thanks Bronnie, I understand 🙂 I just love them and hope Vanessa brings out tutorials one day.

        • BronnieBakes Admin July 22, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

          oh, me too Irene! Just when I think she can’t do anything more amazing, she posts a photo of something even more spectacular! I would love to fly to NZ and learn from her…. maybe I should start petitioning her to do some classes!!!!!


          • Shona July 24, 2012 at 12:02 am #

            Yes please! I will be booking my flight tomorrow 🙂

  5. Dawn October 6, 2012 at 5:48 am #

    The Owl cake was adoreable I cant wait to try my hand to make something like it!

  6. Sarah December 12, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    Too cute. Thanks for the tutorial 🙂

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