Chocolate Owl Cupcakes

    1 hour

    These owl cupcakes are perfect for a Halloween party or a children's birthday party. They are very easy to prepare too.

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    Makes: 24 cupcakes

    • For the cupcakes
    • 250g plain flour
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 110g cocoa powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 cup (250ml) buttermilk
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) vegetable oil
    • 1 cup (250ml) hot water
    • For the icing
    • 200ml double cream
    • 200g mascarpone
    • 50g caster sugar
    • 50g cocoa powder
    • To decorate
    • 48 chocolate sandwich cookies, e.g. Oreos(TM)
    • Smarties(TM) or M&Ms(TM)

    Preparation:45min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:1hour 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and line a 24 hole cupcake pan with paper liners.
    2. In a bowl, mix together the sifted flour with sugar, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and bicarb soda.
    3. In a second bowl whisk together eggs, vanilla, buttermilk and vegetable oil. Mix the wet and the dry ingredients, then mix in the hot water. Divide the mixture evenly between the prepared cases. Bake the cupcakes for 12 minutes.
    4. To decorate:

    5. Let the cupcakes cool down and prepare the icing. Whip the cream and gently add the mascarpone cheese, sugar and cocoa. Ice each cooled cupcake. Texture the icing a little to look like feathers.
    6. Open the chocolate sandwich cookies, keeping the white icing all on one side. Stick 2 of the iced sides on each cupcake, using them as the whites of the owl's eyes. You can cut the un-iced sides in half and use them to make eyebrows if you like.
    7. With a little icing, stick a brown Smartie on each eye to create the pupils. Add an orange or yellow Smartie on its edge in the centre as a beak. Repeat with remaining cupcakes.

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    How to Make Owl Cupcakes
    How to Make Owl Cupcakes

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    I used a different cupcake recipe, but used this recipe for inspiration for the decoration and they came out great!  -  20 May 2019  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    These came out so cute and very little effort to decorate (though I used a different cupcake recipe, just got inspired by the design)  -  14 Sep 2017  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    this is a nice recipoe  -  27 Jan 2015  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)