When we organize a birthday party for children, the most important part of it is impressing them with something not only delicious but funny and surprising. This owl which in fact is a delicious chocolate birthday cake is decorated with buttons, biscuits and marzipan and it will certainly be a hit with young children.
325 g butter
325 g plain chocolate
2 tsp vanilla extract
325g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
450g light soft brown sugar
5 large egg
300 ml soured cream
For the icing
350g icing sugar, sieved
50g cocoa, sieved
2 tbsp milk
8 giant white chocolate buttons
2 packs milk chocolate buttons
2 chocolate Flake bars
60g yellow marzipan
125g pack chocolate finger biscuit
writing icing (optional)
Preheat the oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 4. Base line a 20cm round and a 18cm square cake tin.
Put the butter and chocolate into a saucepan and stir over a very gentle heat until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
Sieve the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl. Add the sugar, breaking up any lumps if necessary. Beat together the eggs and soured cream and pour onto the flour mixture. Add the melted chocolate and mix all well together until smooth.
Divide the mixture equally between the two tins and bake in the oven for about 55 mins – 1 hour. A good way to check that the mixture is equally divided is to put a cocktail stick into each mixture and the levels should be the same.
To make the icing, put the butter into a bowl and beat until creamy. Add the icing sugar and cocoa a little at a time beating well between each addition. Add the milk to mix to a soft spreading consistency.
To assemble, place the round cake on a large wooden board or tray (the cake will need to served on this). Place the round cake tin on the square cake about 12cm from one edge and cut around the edge of the tin. Remove the smaller piece and place at one end of the round cake to represent the ears.
Using the remains of the square cake cut almost in half to give an oblong (for the fence) and a semi circle (for the wings). Place the oblong at the bottom of the owl cake. Slice the semi circle in half horizontally through the middle. Arrange one piece each side of the round cake to make the wings.