Step by Step, How to make an owl cake decoration.

I would like to share with you, this step to step guide for how to make an owl  for a cupcake topper or as a cake decoration. I made it as a guide for a Brownie activity (7-10 years old) and the Brownies completed this task very successfully, with some fantastic looking cupcakes to show for their efforts at the end. It was a very fun activity.

I will upload the biggest possible image for the instruction sheet so it will be printable on A4 should anybody wish to try it out for themselves.

Here are the step by step instructions:

Naomi Jameson- step by step brownie owl cupcake decoration

Some Tips:

This would be a very simple way to make an owl decoration for an adult making a batch of cupcakes with an owl theme, it will also be a good activity to do with children of 5 and over. Younger children could require more help, but older children could make them fairly independently. It’s an ideal Brownie craft and could also be a fun idea for a children’s party.

To save some time, I had pre-baked and piped butter cream onto enough cupcakes onto 36 cupcakes, enough for all of the Brownies and adults. I had also pre-coloured some fondant icing so we had lots of colours and everything was ready to use.

I then made each brownie a little kit on a paper plate, with all of the right amounts of fondant icing shared out ready. This way none of the owls would end up too large and heavy for the cupcakes.

For each owl you will need, a small ball of coloured fondant icing (marzipan would work too) an even smaller ball of yellow or orange fondant for the beak and feet, an even smaller ball of white fondant for the owl’s eyes and an EVEN SMALLER ball/ pip of black fondant for the pupils of the owl’s eyes.

Dust the surface that you are working on with icing sugar so that the icing doesn’t stick to the surface. But try hard not to get too much icing sugar on to of the owl or it will get too dry and will look a bit pale and dusty. If the icing does get too dusty you can brush it off with a food paintbrush and a tiny amount of warm water. Or if you’re an adult baking for adults, brush a bit of vodka onto the owl, it will clean it up a treat and will dry in an instant.

Also, Don’t poke the straws too hard into the icing to make the feathered pattern, or else you might end up cutting holes into the owl’s belly by accident.

Here are the pictures from when our Brownie unit made them:

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I hope this will be useful to some people!

Thanks!

Naomi xx

 

(Inspiration for the owl technique came from this source: http://zszywka.pl/p/sowka-2096416.html .)

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World Thinking Day – Brownie Uniforms from around the world.

World thinking day is on the 22nd February each year, it’s a time where brownies, guides and scouts are encouraged to think about brownies, guides and scouts in other countries all around the world. 

This year, as part of my leadership qualification, I ran an activity with our brownies which focused on the uniforms of brownies around the world. I found that resources and websites with clear images of the different uniforms were hard to come by, and it was even more difficult to find a website which had all of these different uniforms arranged on one page. So, to tackle this I had to try to make my own! Using Google images and http://www.waggsworld.org/ourworld , I drew out the uniforms onto a paper doll template with pen, and scanned these drawings into Photoshop to be coloured in electronically. 

I have decided to post an image of my efforts, on the off chance that other brownie leaders looking for some pictures of brownie uniforms of the world might stumble upon it. If that happens, then you’re welcome to use it and I hope you find it helpful. I will try my best to upload a good quality image. 

Happy Thinking Day! 

Brownie Uniforms of The World. Thinking Day. 2013

Going Underground, Gaping Gill.

This Wednesday (6th June) I visited the second highest mountain in the Yorkshire Dales, Ingleborough and the astounding Gaping Gill pothole, where we got winched down 334ft into the massive underground chamber.Inside the chamber you can see tall underground waterfalls and daylight beaming in through the small opening high above our heads, through which we entered the cave, sat, suspended in a little caged chair hanging on a wire.

Gaping Gill is the UK’s highest unbroken waterfall (bpc-cave.org.uk) it is the point where Fell Beck ends and drops abruptly into a great gaping hole in the ground. Bradford Pothole Cub’s annual winch meet enables us non caving folk to get down and see the cave, which is normally inaccessible to the general public who are unable to climb a rope. It only costs £10. There are lots of experienced cavers around to explore the cave system down there, and they have a motor powered winch and a chair set up on a platform and the chamber is illuminated with spotlights.

When we went, there was a three hour wait for the winch. Normally this would be perfect as it’d leave enough time to hike up the rest of the mountain. Sadly for us the weather was not at all on our side, after ten minutes of hiking we were soaked through, and the visibility on the mountain was horrific. There would have been little point in climbing it, risking getting lost, getting cold and half drowned to get to the summit and not be able to see anything, plus we had climbed to the top in the past. So instead we sheltered with about forty others in a white tent, a pop up real ale pub called ‘The Fell Inn’ until it finally stopped chucking it down. We put on our muddy waterproof suits and waited for our turn for the winch. It was pretty cold to be honest, I was wearing my spare socks on my hands.

The actual winch ride is awesome, they ask you to sit as far back in the seat as possible and keep your feet tucked under the seat so that you don’t hit the wall of the pothole, which gets really rather close  at some points on the way down. The trip down is a good distance, i.e. it doesn’t go so quickly that it’s over before you know it. I tried my best to look around as I descended, but movement is pretty restricted in the chair, it’s pitch black below and looking up you get a face full of water from the waterfall. At the bottom I was struck by the sheer size of the chamber, and I was excited to see how far i’d just traveled from the surface. Once my eyes had adjusted to the darkness we walked around the chamber, and I tried to get some half decent photos. My little camera did me proud, after a bit of brightness and contrast adjustment I got some pretty good shots.

When we got back out in the open it was like a completely new day, it was bright and sunny and we could see the mountains. We hiked back down the hill to Clapham and got some fish and chips on the way home, it was a really good day.

Link- Bradford Pothole Club – http://www.bpc-cave.org.uk/gaping_gill.htm

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