owl cupcakes
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Owl cupcakes

These cute owl cupcakes are really easy to make and a huge hit with kids! Simply use some chocolate buttons to decorate your favourite chocolate cupcakes!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Decorating time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Afternoon tea
Cuisine: American, British
Keyword: chocolate, cupcake
Servings: 12
Calories: 453kcal
Author: cookingwithmykids


  • 4 tbsp water boiling
  • 40 g (1/3 cup) cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs large
  • 175 g (3/4cups) butter unsalted
  • 165 g (¾ cups) golden caster sugar
  • 115 g (1 cup) self raising flour*
  • 1 tsp baking powder

For the chocolate buttercream

  • 60 g (0.25 cups) butter unsalted
  • 60 g (1/2 cup) cocoa powder
  • 250 g icing/confectioners sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk

To decorate

  • 1 x 120g pack Giant chocolate buttons
  • 2 x 70g pack chocolate buttons
  • 1 x 70g pack white chocolate buttons
  • 24 small chocolate balls
  • 12 red smarties


Preheat your oven to 180C / 170C Fan / 350F and get your kids to line a muffin tin with paper cases

    Make a chocolate paste

    • Measure the cocoa powder into a small bowl. Add the boiling water and mix together until you have a chocolate paste. Set it aside for now.

    Mix the eggs and sugar.

    • Measure the sugar and butter and add them to a large bowl or freestanding mixer. Using a hand held mixer or the k paddle of your mixer to beat them together until it has turned light and fluffy.

    Add the eggs

    • Crack the eggs into a small bowl and then add them to your mixture.  Mix the eggs into your mixture until it is well combined.

    Add the flour and baking powder

    • Measure the flour and baking powder out and add them to your mixing bowl. Then give it another mix until it has all come together.

    Add the chocolate paste

    • Finally, add the chocolate paste you made at the start and mix everything together one final time, so that there are no lumps or bits. If you need to, use a spatula to scrape down the sides, to make sure nothing is stuck at the bottom.

    Bake your chocolate cupcakes

    • Spoon the cupcake batter into each of your cupcakes cases so they are about ¾ full.
    • Bake the cupcakes in the oven for around 12-15 minutes. They are ready when  they have risen a little, made a slight crust on top and a skewer poked in the middle should come out clean.
    • Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then pop on a wire rack to cool completely.

    Ice the owl cupcakes

    • To decorate the cupcakes, first you need to make the chocolate buttercream. Measure the butter and cocoa powder and add it to a mixer. Beat them together until it's nice and smooth.
    • Add the icing sugar and start to beat it in really slowly. Add the 3 tbps of milk so your mixture is less dry and comes together into a smooth buttercream.

    Decorate the owl cupcakes

    • To make the owls, spread the buttercream on the cupcake with a palette or butter knife.
    • Arrange the small chocolate buttons over one half of the cupcake to look like the owl's feathers starting at one edge and overlapping the next line on top.
    • Add the owl's eyes – we used a little of the chocolate buttercream to stick a white chocolate button on to a giant one, and then stuck a chocolate ball on top. Then add them to your owl.
    • Finally, turn a Smartie on it's side and push it down into your cupcake for the owls' beak.