Each component of this cake (fondant owl, modeling chocolate, cake, and buttercream) needs to be made ahead of time. (The cake can be frozen for up to 3 months. The buttercream can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week and in the freezer for up to 3 months.) By all means, you can definitely make the cake and the buttercream the day of assembling the cake, but it is so much easier to put it all together when they are all made ahead of time. Go ahead and print the recipes off for the cake and the buttercream and make them right now. The hard part is over! Now onto the design. My favorite part!
FONDANT OWL- For the fondant owl, you are going to need fondant in the colors of white, pink, green, blue, black, and orange. I took some pink fondant and rolled it into the size of a soft ball. You can make your owl larger or smaller. I then proceeded to gently pull in an upward motion to form the ears of the owl. I then took the white fondant and rolled it out thinly. Using the smallest round cutter from this set cut several circles and then cut the circle in half to make a leaf shape. Using this flower mat, press the leaf shape over the mat to get the impression of feathers. Press this feather onto the owl. Continue this process until the front of the owl has been covered with feathers. Using another round cutter from this set cut out the large white eyes and place them on the owl, over the feathers. Using the smaller round cutter from the set, cut out the green iris and place the fondant onto the white eye. Using the end of the icing tip #12 cut out the pupils from black fondant and glue them onto the iris of each eye. Cut a smaller piece of white fondant and place them over the black fondant.
Moving onto the orange fondant, cut out the beak for the owl and glue it onto the owl at the bottom of the eyes. Make holes at the top of the beak. Take about a tablespoon of the orange and form it into an oval, pressing down at the back. Using a fondant tool from this set make two indents into the orange oval. Do this again for another owl foot. Glue these feet underneath the owl.
Using pink fondant, roll out a thin strip and place it above the eye. Do the same thing with white fondant and place it above the pink strand. Do this again on the other side. Once this is done, roll out another pink strand that is longer than the last strand you made. Place this above the white and pink strands, making sure to shape the ends upward.
Using the leaf cutter from this gumpaste flower cutter set, cut out two pink leaves. Shape them into little wings and run the gumpaste tool down the wings to form indentations to look like feathers. Glue these wings onto the sides of the owl.
Using blue fondant, cut out a square shape. Pinch it in the middle. Wrap a white piece of fondant over the middle of the blue fondant. Make indentations in the middle of the bow. Glue it on the owl.
Let the owl set up, usually takes 3-4 days.