The Baking Owl

a blog written by an aspiring 17 year old baker.

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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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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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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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Red Velvet “Cake 4 Kids” Holiday Cupcakes #4

Hi everyone! It has been some time since I made a cake for “Cake 4 Kids” ( a Bay Area non profit organization that gives cakes to under privileged children). Since I had time last weekend, I took a request for 2 dozen holiday cupcakes.

When I think of the winter holidays, I immediately think of red velvet. So, I made 2 dozen of the BEST red velvet cupcakes ever! You can find the recipe on my recipes page. But, nothing goes best with red velvet then cream cheese icing swirled right on top of the cupcake! Also, to make these cupcakes more festive, I added red and white sprinkles on top. I really hope the children liked them and I hope you do to!

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Princess “Cake 4 Kids” Cake #3

Last weekend, I made a princess cake for “cake 4 kids” (the organization I volunteer for). It turned out to be one of my favorite cakes that I have baked and decorated so far. When I first came across this idea online, I immediately wanted to make it.

This was a 3 layer vanilla sponge cake with vanilla buttercream frosting. I used a glass bowl to bake the cake that I thought would look like the dress of a princess. I also used a 6in. cake to make the dress taller. I used a doll pick from Wilton which I decorated with frosting. I used tip #104, #2D, and #16 to decorate the cake. For the letters on the cake board, I used fondant.

Overall, I was happy with the final result and I hope that the little girl likes it too!

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Green and Blue “Cake 4 Kids” Cake #2!

As you all know, I am a volunteer for Cake for kids.  Cake 4 kids a non profit organization that delivers cakes to disadvantaged children. This week I baked a cake for a boy’s birthday. I decided to go with a simple but elegant design. The birthday boy had requested a green and blue cake with no specified flavor, so I decided to make a vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream. I wanted to try a different kind of vanilla cake recipe, so I tried this recipe. This turned out to be a very soft and spongy cake.

Unfortunately, I could not deliver the cake as I was in school, so my dad delivered it for me.

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Here are some pictures of the cake:




Cake 4 Kids Contest

Hi everybody! Last weekend, I participated in the annual cake 4 kids contest! It is a contest held by the non profit organization I volunteer for. (Cake 4 kids) 50 bakers competed in different categories. The contest was very well organized and was attended by a large number of people. It was held in a nice hotel in Sunnyvale, CA.

Overall, It was a really great experience for me and I had a lot of fun. All bakers were required to make 1 small 2 layer 6 in. cake for the judges to taste and judge and one 8 or 9 in. 2 layer cake for the public to try. It was fun to see and try other competitors’ cakes. I was very happy with the taste and look of my cake, and received a number of compliments from the public as well as other bakers.

The flavor of my cake was red velvet with cream cheese icing and was covered and decorated with fondant.

Anyways, I decided to go with the owl themed cake because if you have read my About Me page, than you know that I love owls and plus I thought that this would be really adorable to do. I made the owl with fondant and hand cut it. I used a special cutter for the border. The judges were very happy with my cake and the best part was that I won 3rd place in my category!

Here are some pics we shot at the competition:



“Cake 4 kids” Flower Cake

Hi everyone! For the past couple of days, I have been working on a cake for the organization I volunteer for called Cake 4 Kids. It is a non profit organization that gives free cakes to at risk children  and orphans. When I found out about this, I thought that it was really sweet.  I attended an orientation and officially became a volunteer.

So, I recently made my first cake for a little girl’s 2nd birthday.  She requested a flower cake but did not specify any flavor, so I made a 2 layer 9in.  chocolate cake with a vanilla buttercream filling and covered it with  purple fondant. For the center of the cake I made a button flower along with small flowers for the name. I also added a ball border on the bottom of the cake with hot pink fondant. I really enjoyed making this cake and I hope it will make the little girl happy.

Here are some pictures of the cake: