Owl Cupcakes

Happy Halloween!  I hope your evening is filled with candy rather than frights.  This year we aren’t expecting any trick-or-treaters because there aren’t any kids in our building…we’re the rebels who will change that. 🙂  That means I can eat all of the goodies myself this year.  With our apartment lights on.  No shame involved.  If you’re looking for a cute Halloween treat to eat at home, look no further than these Owl Cupcakes.  They’re a hoot.

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Hoo are you looking at?

Hoo are you looking at?

Owl Cupcakes                   Printer-Friendly Recipe

Makes 12 cupcakes

Ingredients

Oreos (at least 24)
Brown & Orange M&Ms
Chocolate Frosting (I used a premade frosting)

Boxed cupcake mix or this great recipe from Martha Stewart:

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream

Directions

Cupcakes

Line a muffin tin with 12 paper liners & preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Sift together the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.  Cream together the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy.  Beat the eggs in, one at a time.  Now mix in the vanilla.  With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture and sour cream, alternating, starting and ending with the flour.  Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix until combined.

Fill each muffin cup 3/4 full with batter.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cupcakes pass the toothpick test.  Remove from the oven, cool in the pan for 5 minutes, and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

decorate

Frost the cooled cupcakes, leaving rough edges around the edges to create a feathered look.  Carefully twist the Oreoes, leaving one side frosted.  To make the eyes, push a brown M&M on each cream-filled side of the Oreo.  Put 2 eyes on each cupcake.  Now press an orange M&M into the cupcake to create the nose.  Stand back, admire, and then devour!

Line your muffin pan with the cutest liners you have.

Line your muffin pan with the cutest liners you have.

Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.

Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.

Set aside.

Set aside.

Add butter and sugar to a mixing bowl and mix until light and fluffy.

Add butter and sugar to a mixing bowl and mix until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs, mixing between the addition of each egg.

Add the eggs, mixing between the addition of each egg.

Blend in the vanilla.

Blend in the vanilla.

Add a little bit of the flour mix.

Add a little bit of the flour mix.

Follow by adding a little sour cream.  Alternate the flour and sour cream, ending with the flour.

Follow by adding a little sour cream. Alternate the flour and sour cream, ending with the flour.

Scrape the sides and mix until combined.

Scrape the sides and mix until combined.

Fill muffin cups 3/4 full.

Fill muffin cups 3/4 full.

Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.  Leave in the pan for 5 minutes and then take out and cool completely on a wire rack.

Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean. Leave in the pan for 5 minutes and then take out and cool completely on a wire rack.

Frost those cupcakes!

Frost those cupcakes!

Make the owl eyes as crazy as you wish.

Make the owl eyes as crazy as you wish.

Stick on the eyes and the nose and you have yourself an owl cupcake.

Stick on the eyes and the nose and you have yourself an owl cupcake.

043 044 046Happy Halloween!

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