The Baking Owl

a blog written by an aspiring 17 year old baker.

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cake4kids mint & pink bow cake.

If you’ve been around here since the Very Beginning way back in 2012 (if so, I sincerely apologize for middle school Sofia’s aversion towards grammar rules and her other strange antics) then you probably know of my work with the organization Cake4Kids. A wonderful bay area based nonprofit devoted to baking birthday cakes for foster children and at-risk youth, I was deeply saddened when I moved out of the Bay Area and couldn’t volunteer anymore. You can imagine my joy when a few years later, they opened a new branch much closer to where I now live. I immediately took up baking cakes for them again, starting with this one: a mint green cake with a real big gold lined bow topper.

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Gold and Ivory Rose Cake (Cake 4 Kids Contest {2016})

For the past three years, I have competed in a cake competition held by this non profit organization that I volunteer for called Cake 4 Kids.

This year I decided to make this gold and ivory rose cake! I chose to do my favorite dark chocolate cake with a delicious homemade strawberry whipped cream.


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Gold & White Red Velvet Cake w/ Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting (Cake 4 Kids Contest {2015})

It’s been a whole year since the last Cake-Off 4 Kids, so you know what that means…

I just competed in the 2015 Cake 4 Kids contest! If you don’t know already, for the past two years, I’ve competed in this cake competition. This competition is held by the non profit organization I volunteer for called Cake 4 Kids. I’ve always loved competing in this contest, so I was really excited to be baking for this one again.

In the past two years, I was in the “Made by Kids”  category, but this year I didn’t register in time to be in this category, so I had to choose a category that wasn’t filled up. I ended up choosing the “Best Tasting” category.


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Pink Ruffle Cake {Cake 4 Kids Cake #10}

It has been a REALLY long time since I’ve made a cake for “Cake 4 Kids” and I’m so glad I finally made time to make a cake for them. (For more info on Cake 4 Kids, check out my Cake 4 Kids page.)

This time I made a cake for a little girl’s 2nd birthday. For this cake, I decided to use frosting to decorate instead of fondant to broaden my icing decorating skills.


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Minnie Mouse Cake {Cake 4 Kids Cake #9}

This cake that I have for you today was a very fun cake to make. I designed it for a little Disney fanatic and was themed after every kids’ childhood favorite Disney character!


Nope, it’s not Mickey or Elsa, but none other than Miss Minnie Mouse. I made this cake for a non profit organization that I volunteer for called Cake 4 Kids.

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Purple Ombre Rose Cake (Cake 4 Kids Contest {2014})

Just like last September, this year I participated in a cake competition sponsored by Cake 4 Kids (an organization I volunteer for).

This year’s cake was a lot of fun to make and it is probably one of my most favorite decorated cakes.


Last year, I had made a pink and brown owl cake that you can check out here.

This time however, I wanted to use some of my gumpaste roses to decorate the cake. So I settled on creating purple ombre ruffles and white roses dusted with a bit of purple luster dust.

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Ladybug Cake 4 Kids Cake #8

Here is a lovely cake that you can’t help but adore- a LADYBUG cake!


This cake was made for an 8 year old girl who requested a ladybug themed cake via a non profit organization that I volunteer for called Cake 4 Kids  (more info about Cake 4 Kids click here).  So I thought why not make a ladybug themed cake was that was shaped and decorated to look just like a large ladybug!

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Cake 4 Kids #7 -Harry Potter Book Cake

Last week I made another cake for Cake 4 Kids.

This cake turned out to be one of my most favorite cakes I have ever made! I had so much fun making this cake! The cake I made was …..*drum roll*……….

A Harry Potter themed book cake!

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If you don’t know already, I have a huge obsession over the Harry Potter books, so when I found out that this cake was requested to be Harry Potter themed, I immediately volunteered to make this cake!

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I looked at many pictures of Harry Potter themed cakes and I came across a cake that looked like a book, and I thought that was a really good idea so I incorporated a few Harry Potter objects as well.

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This cake was a small 2 layer rectangle cake that I covered with chocolate brown and white fondant.

All of the decorations including the scarf, glasses, and wand were made with fondant by me.

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For more information on Cake 4 Kids look on my Cake 4 Kids page!

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