I was recently asked if I would like to try to make a Cadbury’s button owl cake with my kids. I thought it would be fun and I love cake, so I agreed. I was sent out all the ingredients I need to make the cake along with an apron with ‘Serenity You’ on it. The picture of the cake looked really great but I knew mine wouldn’t come out looking like that at all.


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We got making it a Sunday afternoon. Caitlin (6) nicked the apron and her and Aaron (5) was so eager to get started that they kept moaning when I tried to take photos of the ingredients. anyway, here’s what you need to make the cake.

Ingredients :

For the Sponge:

  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g unsalted butter, softened
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 tbsp Cadbury’s Bournville cocoa powder
  • 4 medium eggs

For the Icing:

  • 100g Cadbury’s Bournville dark chocolate
  • 100ml double cream
  • a knob of butter

For the Decoration:

  • 2 x Cadbury’s giant milk chocolate buttons
  • 1 x bag of Cadbury’s white chocolate buttons
  • 1 x bag of Cadbury’s milk chocolate buttons
  • 2 x Cadbury’s Flakes
  • 1 x Raspberry sweet from Marvellous Mix-up’s


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How to make

  1. Preheat your oven to gas mark 3 / 160c and line a tin with grease proof paper. (I just spread some butter around my tin). Cream together the sugar add butter until light and fluffy. Slowly add the eggs with 2 tbsps of flour to prevent it from curdling. Then add the remaining flour, baking powder and cocoa powder and mix until all combined.


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2. Pour the cake batter into your prepared tin and place in the oven for 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when placed in to the center of the cake. Place on a rack to cool fully.

3. Meanwhile, make the icing. Melt the chocolate and cream together in a bain marie ( a bowl over a pan of shimmering water)


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4. Once melted, remove from the heat and add a knob of butter. (notice on the photo above, that I got mixed up and had already added my butter when melting). Once all melted and combined, leave to thicken up until you have a good spreading consistency.

5. When you are ready to decorate, use a serrated knife to cut out an owl shape. You can use the left over sponge to make two wings. (I never did this, as I just made the whole piece of sponge an owl shape). Add a layer of icing until the whole cake and sides are fully covered.


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6. Begin by placing two giant buttons as eyes and then two white chocolate buttons as pupils. Create a beak by using a Cadbury’s Maynard Mix-up raspberry jelly. Using your fingers crush up the flakes in their wrappers and cover the wings with it and around the face. Then finally add white chocolate buttons for the owls belly.


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Eating it!

While we were waiting for our owl cake to harden up a bit, we all went out for a family walk. When we got back it was time for cake. Now, I know ours doesn’t look as good as the original, but I thought we did a really good job. I don’t bake that much and sometimes things come out a bit wrong. So, with that being said, i didn’t think the cake would taste that nice. But I was wrong! It was gorgeous!!! It was one of the best chocolate cakes I have ever tasted. I am so proud of my little owl cake and can’t wait to make this again.

So, if you are looking for a nice chocolate cake to bake, make this your next one. It is just so good! And it would also be great for a kid’s birthday party, he’s just so cute!

You can also see us making it in my you tube video below. If you like it, please give us a thumbs up.



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39 comments on “Cadbury’s Button Owl Cake Recipe”

  1. He’s very cute, well done for making it to the end, I think most of the chocolate would have disappeared before decorating time with me!

  2. I made a chocolate and orange owl cake for my Daughters birthday which turned out rematkably well considering i had never attempted to do a themed cake before i was pleasantly surprised. Although, it did take me forever and a day to ice, but it was well worth it, and i got a lot of compliments on how delicious it was too.

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