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Tasmanian Masked Owl Cake by cakecrumbs Tasmanian Masked Owl Cake by cakecrumbs
I made this cake as one of my contributions to a collaborative art project called Losing Altitude. It's an art book featuring the works of over 50 artists, all depicting endangered birds. 

For my culinary art contribution I picked the Tasmanian masked owl (Tyto novaehollandiae spp. castanops). This species is the largest of our four species of masked owl. Habitat loss is of particular concern for these guys as they den in tree hollows. It can take 150-400 years for a tree to form a hollow large enough for the owl (and all large species of raptors and arboreal mammals) meaning the conservation of old growth forest is critical. If you've had your eye on Australia lately, you'll know our government is trying to delist some of Tasmanians old growth forest from its World Heritage Listing so they can log it. Head on over to my blog to read an extended rant about this, and how you can do something about it. 

As for the cake, I usually don't include anything inedible in my cakes, but birds kind of necessitate it. It's comprised of a base cake, a wire frame, a rice crispy platform near the base of the tail and carved chocolate cake above. That was all slathered in chocolate ganache before applying the feathers.

The feathers were weeks of work. Each feather was hand cut, embossed then painted by hand. I don't know how many hundreds [maybe thousands] of feathers are in it, but making them all consumed my life. I made them as anatomically correct as possible, ensuring the flight feathers were appropriately asymmetrical. 

Loads more photos and details at my blog

Here's the other piece I contributed to Losing Altitude: Helmeted Honeyeater by cakecrumbs

Check out the group :iconlosingaltitude: to see what the other artists made for the book. 

Other cakeys:

Blue-ringed Octopus Cake by cakecrumbs Ocarina of Time :: Mad [Deku] Scrub by cakecrumbs Jupiter Structural Layer Cake by cakecrumbs Skyward Sword :: Furnix Cake by cakecrumbs

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psymonster1974 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
*jaw drops in amazement*
HappyChidori Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow!! I'm absolutely speechless!! The details on this cake are incredible! It's just perfect!! :iconhappygrinneplz:
Forestina-Fotos Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! :clap:
gadgetcakes Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artist
wow. love this. xx
LithiaRose Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
its male, right? the females have much darker faces. it is an amazing cake! the first time i saw it i thought it was carved from wood!
JoannaMoory Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
These cakes and other creations of yours are stunning. :+fav:
yukosteel Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is fantastic!!!
AkitaZeo Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's... just... WOW. I'm speechless... or maybe just a little.
I feel sad it's a cake made to be actually eaten... With style. Or as reminder of endangered species.
PCamenzind Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014   Writer
NezuPanda Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I cannot believe that this is a cake.. o.o
I wont even dare to take a bite D:
claremanson Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Incredible! My mum would have loved that!
Sheepfre9k Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This... is... cake ? O-O Awesome !
Nice work, really !
warmteardrops Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh my god, you should be on cake boss!
isabellegiles Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely amazing :heart:
bobricknelson Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Student General Artist
THIS IS A CAKE!!!!!!????
PhunkyMnkCreations Featured By Owner May 15, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Amazing work Heart 
TSForeverStrong Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
That is such amazing detail on the feathers!
greborast Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
CAKE??????????.......whoaaaaaaaaaa................amaziiiiiiing!!!!! (y) ^_^ (y)
Devine-Escapes Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
The realism on the feet and the log--wow! I bet it was delicious too!

Sorry about the old-growth forest being threatened....I also appreciate art with a message--that doesn't get preachy or whatever--so goon ya for that too :)
jamberry-song Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
Really incredibly well done!
Rebehm Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That cake is gorgeous!
LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. This is completely stunning. I love all the details and the dedication that went into making it! :D
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Gorgeous!  I love the colors and textures of the feathers! :iconowlplz:
MarinaMellon Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! Everything you looks soo real... :D I really love this one <3
S-A-Diamond Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely incredible. Amazingly realistic. The attention to detail is remarkable: the log stump, the way the wings fold and the colour gradient of the head feathers. And how this is made out of cake is unbelievable. I would add this to my favourites a million times over if I could.
neurotype Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Zoology + cake. :drool:
big75 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Def one of your best works...Well Done!
lolsam23 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
it sure paid off
MeanerWeaner Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
That's amazing!
BellaSylph Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
THAT'S A CAKE?????????????!!!!!!  WHOLY! good job *applause*.
suneidesis Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014   Artist
thelovegeneration Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
Wow! This is amazing! You keep getting better and its so surprising to see what you make each time!
Jenna7777777 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
OMG this cake looks amazing
RitzCutie Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love owls and I love cake. Amazing work!
agnieszkawroblew Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
It's perfect! WOW !!!
Paddlin-Maddlin Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a truly wonderful piece of art. I have the sweetest tooth of anyone you'll ever meet, but it would be criminal to eat it. :D Awesome!!! :clap::clap::clap::clap::clap:
Kinnaga Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
amazing! o:
acrazyninjapirate Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Me: Oh hey look an owl statue *Clicks* *Reads title* WTF?! That's a cake?!?! But it looks so real!!
Wow, amazing job!!
SnowStormNinja24 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
This is amazing! :clap:
CatOlive Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is food? Woah!
SorbetBerry Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist
OH MY GOD THIS IS BEAUTIFUL. STUNNINGLY GORGEOUS!!! THe colors, my god. THis is amazing. O__O
BaziKotek Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
Really amazing!! :wow:
rotten-apples Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is so gorgeous. The amount of detail is stunning. Wonderful work!
Maaronn Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
oh goodness, I hope it didn't get eaten

Incredible work!
cupcakekitten20 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
Featured +favlove
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Zii-94 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous :3 I hope I can make cakes this amazing someday
Marij4 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wait...Vulpix  That's a cake? I can't believe it... You are AWESOME and you did an amazing job!
DarkWolfprincess1997 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i love it the detail is amazing and i love what u did Vulpix 
liinn Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is amazing! :D Cake and owls, two things that I love! ^^
Kqeina Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
Signed the petitions! I'm so sick and tired of politicians being uneducated in fields that don't concern the economy... they should know that old growth forests are NOT something that can be replaced. They are priceless in so many ways. And far out! These forests are what define Tasmania! They can't take that away from Tas. 

Also, stunning work! What a huge amount of detail, it's really impressive!
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