Owl Cupcakes

by Lisey on May 23, 2012

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?


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jodie May 23, 2012 at 11:26 am

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


Nicoleandmaggie May 23, 2012 at 11:59 am



Jennifer May 23, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Holy cow- those are adorable!!!


Kimberly Yue May 23, 2012 at 12:48 pm

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 May 23, 2012 at 1:53 pm

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?


Rebecca May 23, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Double Stuf Oreos separate realllllly easily.

I may or may not currently be eating some…


Skirnir Hamilton May 23, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Those really are adorable. :)


Beth May 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Those are adorable! Great job!!


Lili May 23, 2012 at 1:49 pm

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


priskill May 23, 2012 at 2:07 pm

oh my. the cutest little cakes!


Pam K. May 23, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Oh, Lisey! Those are SOOOO cute!!


Reese May 23, 2012 at 3:28 pm

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?! :D

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


Rachel May 23, 2012 at 3:40 pm

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


Susan May 23, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Super cute cupcakes Lisey.


Lani May 23, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Go Lisey! Very cute.


Karin in BC May 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm

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


Ashes May 24, 2012 at 7:14 pm

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


Debbie May 24, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Cute, cute, cute


Julie Heisig May 25, 2012 at 6:46 pm

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


Susanna May 27, 2012 at 8:09 pm

very cute!


Etmny June 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm



Elspeth @ paper armour August 30, 2012 at 6:18 pm

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?


Kaleb Clarke October 3, 2012 at 1:33 pm

I love it!!!


Jeni Ley November 26, 2012 at 11:37 am

They are so cute. What a great idea!


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