Owl Cupcakes

My mom found the idea for these on Pinterest.  She showed them to me and I thought they were really cute!

So, we made cupcakes using the same chocolate cupcake recipe that we used for my birthday.

And then we made a half recipe of buttercream frosting, except we added 1/4 cup of cocoa powder to make it chocolate.

To make an owl cupcake, spread chocolate frosting over the top and use a knife to scrap some of the frosting into points (to make the feather tufts that most owls have).

Then carefully take apart two chocolate sandwich cookies.  We used the ones from Aldi, and we had a lot of trouble keeping the frosting neatly on the cookie.  Maybe the double-stuf type would work better, or the name brand.

We just neatened up the frosting with our fingers and it worked ok.

Put two frosting-covered cookie halves on top of the cupcake, and add two brown M&Ms for eyes.

For the nose, add an upright orange M&M.

And that’s all!  This isn’t very hard, and I thought that these were really fun to make.  Aren’t they adorable?



  1. These look ‘scholarly.’ Just in time for graduation parties, perhaps? Great job, lisey (and mom).

  2. Awwww!

  3. Jennifer says:

    Holy cow- those are adorable!!!

  4. Kimberly Yue says:

    Great job! I made these for my daughter’s kindergarten class for her birthday last year (she has an obsession with owls). I used the name brand mini cookies and they were very hard to take apart, so I don’t think it matters what you use. I had to use a knife to scrape them apart and even then, we threw many of them away because they looked terrible. Yours definitely came out better than mine, but we had fun making them and the kids loved them! I just made rainbow cupcakes for her party this year–a lot of work, but totally worth it in the end–the rainbow effect is so cool!

    • Kristen says:

      Ah, that’s good to know.

      My other two ideas were to try the Double-Stuf Oreos or to try refrigerating the cookies before we took them apart. Maybe a firmer filling wouldn’t be as prone to breaking, you know?

  5. Those really are adorable. 🙂

  6. Those are adorable! Great job!!

  7. Very cute. I love the tufts on the tops of their faces. These would be adorable for a birthday party.

  8. priskill says:

    oh my. the cutest little cakes!

  9. Oh, Lisey! Those are SOOOO cute!!

  10. Those are WAY cool. Could you make other owls by using gingersnaps for the eyes? With maybe mini pfeffernusse cookies for the inside eyes? 😉 I’m totally all for more cookie!

    Or white icing for a snowy owl?! 😀

    Oh Pinterest… ain’t got nothin on these creative ideas ;p Hope these cookies were fun to eat 😀

  11. Ahhhh I’m in love! My little sis loves owls, so I’ll HAVE to make these for her next time I’m home!!

  12. Super cute cupcakes Lisey.

  13. Go Lisey! Very cute.

  14. Karin in BC says:

    These are too cute for words, Lisey! Almost too cute to eat . . .

  15. I made these with my then 2 year old for halloween. Nice and easy recipie to make with a small child.

  16. Cute, cute, cute

  17. Julie Heisig says:

    Kristen these are so cute! I showed them to the girls and even Ella (2) laughs and says “CUUUTE!”

  18. Susanna says:

    very cute!

  19. Adorable!

  20. The first thing I think of when I see decorated cupcakes on the internet is this: http://cheezburger.com/4970129664. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen that meme before, but it cracks me up every time I see it.

    The difference is, these cupcakes look SO cute…but completely doable at the same time. My husband and I both love owls, and this recipe has been on my to-do list for a while. (I don’t bake cupcakes often which is why I haven’t done it yet…maybe this weekend! He looooooves chocolate so I know he’ll be super happy.)

    You did a great job, and I’ve been loving keeping up with your posts. Have you been learning a lot about baking in the process?

  21. Kaleb Clarke says:

    I love it!!!

  22. They are so cute. What a great idea!

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