The Baking Owl

a blog written by an aspiring 17 year old baker.


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sprinkles & pink ganache cake.

Fall is finally here (at least I think it is – California as usual doesn’t understand the changing of seasons so we’ve still got 75 degree weather :/) and I started off the season with a fun cake order for two twin girls’ birthday. As most siblings do, these girls couldn’t agree on a single cake flavor – which is completely relatable because at 17 years old I still get into unnecessarily loud altercations with my 10 year old brother over The Best flavor of cake (which btw is red velvet, sorry Aman I don’t make the rules) – so I compromised and made this chocolate and vanilla layered cake with a vanilla buttercream frosting and a white chocolate ganache topping. A pretty good solution, I think.

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pumpkin pecan cake.

Thanksgiving in the Abbas household consists of many traditions; family ping pong tournaments, way-too-intense games of scrabble, jazz music (which I’m still not exactly sure how it became tradition), watching football & cricket, and of course food. So Much Food.

The obvious main part of Thanksgiving is forgetting you’re on a diet and proceeding to eat the whole dining table, but in my family, it’s a little bit different. Every year we attempt (mostly successfully) to create a weird Pakistani-Indian-Also Partly Vegan-American fusion of our Thanksgiving dinner which somehow results in more food then we can devour at once. The hardest part hands down is stopping ourselves from eating too much so we have room for dessert.

Which leads to my (shocker) favorite part, dessert.

Desserts sometimes vary from year to year, but most of the time we stick to at least two different types of pies, three different types of ice cream, and a cake that I take responsibility every year.

This year I opted for my favorite pumpkin cake with roasted pecans and cinnamon cream cheese frosting. It’s a bit of a handful to say, but it sure was good.

This was three layers of crunchy pecans, creamy icing, and soft, spiced cake. Everyone knows that eating anything pumpkin flavored is basically a crime before the holiday season so this was basically what I dreamt about for the ten months before Fall started.

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two peas in a pod cake.

Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to make a baby shower cake for the talented lady who designed my logo!

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This cake has been by far one of my favorite cakes to make. The mother-to-be is having twins and requested a “two peas in a pod” theme. I was ecstatic to design this cake as I’ve never done one for a twins’ baby shower.

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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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Garden Themed 1st Birthday Cake

So it’s been a looong time since I’ve posted a decorated cake (almost 5 months!!), and I’m so glad to be able to share this super cute garden themed cake that I made for a little girl’s 1st birthday.

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Vanilla Bean Coconut Cake

Finals were a thing all last week for me, so what better way to end it with a vanilla bean coconut cake?

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Is it not the most heavenly thing you’ve ever seen?

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50th Chocolate Coffee Birthday Cake

Adding to the list of desserts I made during Thanksgiving week, I made this 50th birthday cake for my mom’s cousin. My whole wheat chocolate coffee cake is a favorite among my family, so I made this along with delicious milk chocolate frosting as the filling.

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Batman Cake

Thanksgiving break happens to fall around the same time as my dad and my little brother’s birthdays. My brother’s birthday came first which meant I had to somehow find the time to make a cake for him.

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