I don’t know about you, but I think owls are so cute. For boys or girl, for children or adults. They are a BIG favorite. So I was really happy to make these vary simple, yet sweet cupcake toppers for a friend and her little one’s first birthday party.
How did I do it? Let me SHOW you!
First off, your going to need fondant. I work with Marshmallow fondant for almost everything. Its inexpensive to make and taists alot better, in my opinion, that almost everything you can buy. I say almost everything because you never know, there might be something out there I have not tried that is good. BUT moving on…here is a link to how I make marshmallow fondant. I have also posted a chocolate marshmallow fondant recipe that would be great for this little brown owl.
You will need two different shades of brown, or whatever color you would like your owls to be. White and a contrasting color for the eyes, and yellow or something close to that for the beak. (Yellow is not in the photo because I used the remnants of the white and colored it after I made the eyes.)
Second your going to need 3 different sizes of circle cutters of some kind. Here you can see I put a variety of piping tips to good use. The first and largest is a #789 wilton. I find the circular opening at the bottom is almost exactly the same size as the top of most cupcakes. If you don’t have this tip, or want to make your owls smaller or larger, biscuit cutters are great for this. As well as any kind of circle cookie or fondant cutter. The next two tips are a #1m wilton, and a #3. This last one I actually swapped after the photo for a smaller one. I wanted the pupils a bit smaller. But this size works fine. (All standard sized icing tips are roughly this size along the BACK side.)
I also use water and a clean paint brush.
my fondant cutting tool. (even a butter knife would work.)
A smaller sized fondant rolling pin. (Use any size you have on hand.)
And crisco shortening.
I start out with making the eyes. Role out your white fondant and using the back side of a #1m pipping tip, cut out as many circles as you will need for eyes. Two to a bird of course. Set aside.
Next role our your chosen contrasting color and using either the back side of a #3 or here I chose to go smaller and used the tip of a #12, cut out a dot to go with each eye.
Using the tip of my finger I gently rounded the edges of my blue dots. This makes them seam thinner and more flush with the eye whites. (It also makes them slightly bigger. Witch is why I chose to go a bit smaller with my cutter.) Then using a small dab of water on my clean paint brush, only enough to moisten the back of my dots, I applied them to my eye whites. Wala! Eyes. Set aside.
Now comes the main body of the owl. Role out your darker brown. Using back side of the large #789 tip, or your cutter or choice, cut out as many circles as you need owls. Set aside.
Using the lighter shade of brown, or any color of your choice, role and cut out half as many circles as you need owls. (Using the large #789 piping tip.) Then using this tip cut away a small section of each side of your circles as shown in the pictures above.
Cut each of the resulting shapes in half. Now you have two ‘feather skirts’. Proceed to cut out as many as you need for your owls.
Using one of the tips, gently make half circle impressions in a horizontal patter along each feather skirt. This makes it look like there might be some plumage there.
Now its time to start assembling our little owls. I start with the feather skirt. Moisten the back of one with your clean paint brush and watter, line it up with the bottom of a dark brown circle, and gently smooth it on. Above this place two eyes. My eyes were a bit large for the body so I had to gently mold them to fit after sticking them on. (Yes…they do look more a giant eyes and a duck bill at the moment, but stay with me.)
Now we need ears. Cut a small strip of dark brown fondant. Using a fondant cutter or butter knife cut this strip in to small triangles. Cut them a bit larger then you think you will need them. Part of them will be tucked under the main body of your bird.
Take two triangles and moisten the bottom edges of each. Line them up with the eyes and tuck them under the main body. Then using the flat of your hand gently press down on the whole owl. This secures the ears.
Lastly our little owl needs a beak. using the same method for making the ears, cut out small triangles. Again moisten the back of this triangle and place it in the center of your owl. I like to mold my bills a bit by curving the edges and making sure they fit well.
There you have it! My army of little owls. Cute! As well as easy to make! Need them a bit more girly? Add a tiny flower or bow beside one of the ears, or make the feather skirt pink or purple instead of light brown.
I recommend making these a few days ahead of when you need them. They need time to dry so they will not sag on your cupcakes. These could also be used as decorations on the side or top of a full size cake. In that case you will not need to dry them. They will stick better if they are freshly made, or stored in plastic wrap until needed to decorate.
Note: I have seen many owl patterns vary similar to this one. I take no credit for coming up with it all on my own. This tutorial is just to show how I achieved the look my self.
I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial.