Sunday, August 17, 2014

owl cake

A wise old owl lived in an oak
The more he saw the less he spoke
The less he spoke the more he heard.
Why can't we all be like that wise old bird?

The rhyme refers to the traditional image of owls as the symbol of wisdom, however in some cultures it is highly uncomplimentary to call someone an owl. Are owls the smartest birds? According to trainers many other birds like pigeons and parrots are a lot easier to train than owls.  They just look smart possibly due to their enormous eyes that seem focused and make it look like it is paying attention. Its eyes are also fixed in its head. In order for an owl to move its eyes, it must move the whole head. It gives an owl a intelligent gaze as it scans the surroundings.  I just think it is one of God's most gorgeous creations, and this cake was a hoot to make.  It was a red velvet with cream cheese filling. I only had about 30 hours to plan, bake and complete it, so I had to skip some fun details (like feet and claws).... maybe next time.