Potter’s Owl Part 1

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Skill Level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 12
Decoration Time: 2 Days

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  • 4 x 6″ Square by 3.5″ deep chocolate cake
  • or
  • 2 x 8″Square by 3.5″ deep chocolate cake


  • 1.2kg Dark chocolate ganache

Cake Card and Drums

  • 3 x 12” Square cake cards


  • 3.5kg White sugarpaste

Paints and Dusts

  • Cake Decor Glitter Spray
  • Yellow Matt  – Dinky Doodle
  • Sherbet Yellow – Sugarmill
  • French Navy – Sugarmill
  • Claire Bowman Gold (non edible)
  • Pearl Ivory – Sugarflair
  • Primrose Yellow – Sugarflair
  • Horse Chestnut – Sugarflair
  • Black – Sugarflair
  • Terictoa – Sugarflair
  • Foliage Green – Sugarflair
  • Woodland Green – Sugarflair
  • Starlight Purple Planet – Rainbow Dusts
  • Olive Green pro gel – Rainbow Dusts


  • Vodka
  • 1kg Rice krispie treats
  • 8” Round polystyrene ball
  • 5” Round polystyrene ball
  • 16” Square by 15mm deep plywood
  • 12” Square by 15mm deep plywood x 2
  • 34” long by 1.5” diameter plastic pipe
  • Foam Core = 18” Square x 2 and 10” Square x 1
  • Tea selections from Suki
  • Chamomile
  • Green Tea Wild Grey Organic
  • Rooibos  
  • Red Berry
  • Whole Peppermint
  • Apple Loves Mint

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  • Sharp cutting knife
  • Serrated knife
  • Palette knife


  • Various sizes


  • Karen Davies Brooch Mould

Modelling Tools

  • Sugar shapers
  • PME modelling tools
  • Ball tool

Cakey Tools

  • Airbrush


  • 25mm Spade bit drill
  • Power drill
  • Jigsaw cutter
  • Hot glue gun
  • 1” L brackets
  • Sand paper
Every so often, Paul likes to pull something pretty epic out of the bag. A mammoth project in both time and effort, we've split this tutorial over two weeks to make sure everything is covered.
Part one focuses on the stand, and next week's tutorial will concentrate on the owl and bringing together the entire project.
 This is one cake that's set to impress, and perfect for an elaborate celebration. Let your imagination soar with this design - whether you create an owl or something else with the skills picked up in this tutorial.
You'll learn how to create a tall stand from scratch, cover awkward shapes, create numerous decorations including dragons and brooches, modelling work, and more! This cake is ideal for an intermediate cake designer looking for a challenge, and would make a fantastic addition to your cake repertoire.

We'd love to see your take on the Potter's Owl cake - so make sure you share your snaps with us on our Facebook page.

Paul Bradford

Paul Bradford

Paul Bradford´s mission is to ‘Empower people to achieve their cake decorating dreams’ by providing a range of cake decorating courses and online tutorials through their website, which currently teaches 185,000+ students.  
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