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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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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 !
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