Owl Smash Cake (Updated)

Last Updated on November 26, 2020

This Owl Smash Cake is an adorable first birthday cake perfect for a 1st birthday party or a cake smash photography session!

I decided to redo my Owl Smash Cake tutorial with better pictures and fix the mistakes I made the first time.  This Owl Smash Cake really is so easy to make that I just made it again to redo the pictures.


  • 2 cakes baked in 1-quart Pyrex bowls (1 Cake mix split between the two bowls, or 1 cake recipe)
  • 2 Oreo cookies
  • 2 orange Starbursts
  • Chocolate Icing
  • Coloured Icing
  • 2 brown candies (Junior mints, M&Ms, Smarties etc…)
  • White Chocolate Chips


To start I baked two cakes in a 1 qt pyrex glass bowl according to my cake recipe. Make sure you grease the bowl either with butter or Pam so the cake comes out easily.

Owl Smash Cake

Allow the cakes to cool, then cut off the top so it is level before removing the cake from the bowl.

Owl Smash Cake

Spread icing on the top of the bottom cake.

Owl Smash Cake

Cover the bottom cake with the icing.  To create “feathers” apply with a butter knife and pull at the icing a bit. 

Owl Smash Cake

Layer the top cake on top creating a “ball”.

 Owl Smash Cake

Next cover the rest of the body in icing.

 Owl Smash Cake

Pipe chocolate icing onto the cake to create wings.

Owl Smash Cake

Separate the two Oreo cookies, leaving the cream on one side of the cookies for the eyes. Place on cake.

Owl Smash Cake

Cut one of the plain cookies in half and insert into cake for the ears.  Next shape one of the starbursts into a triangle for the nose and press into the icing. It is easier if you microwave the candy for about 30 seconds to soften it.  Dot the back of your brown candy with icing and press into the white of the Oreos. Press white chocolate chips into the wings to create a dot pattern.

 Owl Smash Cake

Cover the Oreo “ears” with the coloured icing.    I used pink sparkle gel icing from Wilton to place a heart above the one eye.  Shape two more orange starbursts into the shape of feet and use a knife to cut the “toes”.

Owl Smash Cake

Now go celebrate a special little ones first birthday!

This Owl Smash Cake is an adorable first birthday cake perfect for a 1st birthday party or a cake smash photography session!

This Owl Smash Cake is an adorable first birthday cake perfect for an owl themed 1st birthday party or a cake smash photography session!


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35 thoughts on “Owl Smash Cake (Updated)

  1. I like the idea of using pyrex bowls to get the rounded shape without a cake mould. I wouldn’t have thought of that!

  2. Omgosh, this is the most adorable cake I’ve ever seen and relatively simple to do! I may be able to do this! Thanks for the step by step photos!

  3. Very cute!! I would have never thought to bake a cake in a bowl to get the round shape, but that’s a great idea! My daughter would love this, and I will definitely be making her her own special cake this year. 🙂

  4. How wonderful is that! I”ll have to make this for Saedy’s birthday because Owl’s are her theme! Thanks chickie!

  5. I love the owl smash cake! It’s so cute and seems easy enough to recreate! Visiting from Whimsy Wednesdays… Thanks for linking up!

  6. This is so cute! My little guy’s first birthday is coming up in August and I have had no idea what kind of cake to make for him. This one is going on my list!

    Visiting from the Moonlight and Mason Jars link up!

  7. I love this cute idea for a cake, I will nominate you for a feature at the wake up Wednesday linky for next week, thank you for partying with us.

  8. You’ve made this look fairly easy….I’m tempted to try! We have a birthday coming in a few weeks for my baby girl!!

  9. This is the most adorable cake. I can’t wait to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing with us at Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party. We are featuring your awesome creation at this weeks party.

  10. This is really cute and looks so fun and easy to make! Not to mention it also looks so yummy!!!
    Stopping by from the “Wonderful Wednesday” link up 🙂

  11. I love this Owl Smash Cake. It is so easy to make, frost and decorate. I know little children will love it. Thank you for the directions.

  12. Making this cake for my 1yr old today! I wish you would have added white chocolate chips to your ingredient list. I noticed them in the picture on the wings but now I don’t have time to go get any! It will still be cute though.

  13. Just made this for my girls’ party. It turned out so cute! I used another fruity chew candy molded into a bow, and I used vanilla wafers since I didn’t have sandwich cookies. I did the main bird light brown and pink wings to cut down on the coloring (mostly, I didn’t feel like doing it ;).

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