The Baking Owl

a blog written by an aspiring 17 year old baker.

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Sweet 16 Cherry Blossom Cake

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a fondant cake. I was soo excited to get this cake order for a cherry blossom cake for a girl at my school’s sweet 16. It was a very exciting experience as I’ve never done a cake like this before. Her party was cherry blossom themed, so the cake I made followed that theme as well.


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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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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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Mother’s Day Chocolate Flower Pots

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers everywhere! This year for Mother’s Day, I made a delicious treat that moms everywhere will love- chocolate flower pots!

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Last year for Mother’s Day, I made a cupcake flower bouquet that was very cute and effective. This year I baked moist chocolate cake in little jars with chocolate flowers I made.

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These desserts were very easy and simple and only needed a few things to make.

What I did first was bake chocolate cake batter in oven safe glass jars and for the dirt, I slathered on some Nutella (or you could also use chocolate frosting) and added crushed Oreos (or any chocolate cookies) on top.

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Then, for the flowers, I melted several different colors of candy melts and poured the melted chocolate into Ziploc bags. I snipped the corner of the bag and piped different kinds of flowers on to some wax paper. For the stem, I used cake pop sticks dipped into green melted chocolate and after it was dried, I attached the stem to the back of the flowers using a bit of melted chocolate.

These treats aren’t just great for Mother’s Day, but for many other occasions and holidays!

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Wilton Decorating Class (Course 4)

Last weekend, I took my last Wilton cake decorating class (advance gumpaste flowers). In this class, we made bouquets with the flowers. They included Gerbera daisies, Briar rose, Sweet peas, Ivy leaves, lily leaves, Stephanotis flower, blossoms, and Stargazer lilies. Out of all the flowers, I thought Gerbera daisy was the easiest and Stargazer Lily the prettiest. Some of these flowers were quite hard to make and were very fragile as you can see in the pictures. But they still came out nice and I will definitely use these flowers on cakes that I make.

Week 1:

In week one we made pink blossoms and orange Gerbera daisies that were quite easy. The flowers were made of mostly gumpaste and a little bit of fondant to color the gumpaste. Unfortunately, part of my Gerbera daisy broke and I did not have enough time to make another one.

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Week 2:

In this lesson, we learned how to make Ivy and Lily leaves. For flowers, we learned how to make beautiful Briar roses that we later dusted with color dust in week 3. We also made the Stargazer Lily petals

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Week 3:

Week 3 was fun because we got to dust our Briar roses, Ivy leaves, Lily leaves, and blossoms with color dust in addition to making Sweet Peas, and Stephanotis flowers. We used lime green, spruce green, goldenrod, and deep pink colors to dust the flowers. The color dust really enhanced the flowers beautifully.


Week 4:

This day was really exciting because it was the last day of the last course! In this lesson, we dusted our Sweet Peas and our Stephanotis flowers. We also assembled and dusted the Stargazers and they were by far one of the most prettiest flowers I learned how to make. Towards the end of the class, we made bouquets of flowers and leaves. Part of my Stephanotis flower’s petal chipped off, so I could not add it to any of my bouquets. I also got my certificate for the last course! 🙂

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Wilton Cake Decorating Class (Course 2)

Hi everyone! A few days ago, I finished the Wilton cake decorating class (Course 2), Flowers and Cake Design.  This was so much fun and I learned a lot, but I have to say that in my opinion, course 3(which i took earlier) was much easier. I feel a little bit more comfortable with fondant than royal icing, though both decorates cakes beautifully. I learned how to make many kind of flowers including primroses, apple blossoms, roses, lilies, and daffodils. I also learned how to do a basketweave and  a reverse shell border. My final cake was a chocolate cake with a fluffy vanilla buttercream. This time I used a different chocolate cake recipe that I got from the internet and I have to say it is one of the best chocolate cakes I have ever tasted! It was moist, chocolatey, and delicious. Here is the link to the recipe: My cousins were coming from Texas on the last day of my class, so I wrote “Welcome to CA” on the cake. If you would like to see the posts on the other courses I took, click here:     Course 1     Course 3

Here is a quick review of the course:

Class 1:

In this class, we learned how to make pansies and button flowers using gumpaste and fondant.

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Class 2:

In the second class, we learned how to make apple blossoms and primroses using royal icing.

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Class 3:

In this class, we made roses, daffodils, and lilies using royal icing. Even though in the pictures the daffodils were really pretty, It was probably my least favorite flower to make, but I really enjoyed making roses.

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Class 4: In the final class, we brought a cake and decorated it. We also learned how to do the basketweave with buttercream frosting-which was really cute, and we also learned how to do a reverse shell border. I made the purple bow out of royal icing a few days before the final class. Hope You like it!

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Mother’s Day Cupcake Bouquet

Happy Mother’s Day! So today, since it is Mother’s Day, I made a bouquet of cupcakes. First, I got a flower-pot and inserted a styrofoam ball that fit perfectly into the pot. I then used toothpicks to stick the cupcakes around the styrofoam ball. It took me 14 almond vanilla cupcakes. After the cupcakes were on the styrofoam ball, I piped a buttercream hydrangea on each cupcakes using a 2D tip. I used pink and white  vanilla buttercream. I got this idea from a YouTube video. Here’s the link  When my mom saw the cupcake bouquet, she was thrilled and it also tasted good too. The card next to the bouquet is from my little brother.

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