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Owl Cupcakes with Oreos – Chocolate Cupcakes and Buttercream Frosting

by Adina 26/10/2018 2 comments

how to make owl cupcakes

Cute owl cupcakes with Oreo eyes, these are actually delicious chocolate cupcakes with a rich buttercream frosting.

You might think you are not much into baking and especially decorating cakes or cupcakes? You will change your mind after making these super cute owl cupcakes for Halloween or for your kid’s next birthday party.

These chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting and decorated with Oreos and other sweets to make them look like owls are one of the easiest cake decorating projects ever. Definitely something for you, if you are trying your hand with decorating cakes for the first time.

 

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Owl cupcakes with Oreos and M&M’s

Easy chocolate cupcake recipe

I chose to make chocolate muffins for the body of my owl cupcakes. I wanted to decorate them with white frosting to make them look more like Hedwig (Harry’s owl) and that is why I thought chocolate for the body and vanilla for the head would be a good idea.

But you can make any kind of muffins for these owl cupcakes with Oreos, just use your favorite recipe and you cannot go wrong.

This is one of my standard chocolate muffin recipe, a chocolate cupcake recipe I go back to every time I want to make something with chocolate and I don’t have the time or the patience to do more work than just stirring a few ingredients.

My children love this chocolate cupcake recipe and they love helping me bake whenever I make them, as they did love help with making these owl cupcakes as well.

Making the batter for owl cupcakes or muffins is one of the easiest batters you could possibly make, really no need for any cake box mixture or anything. I mean when you use one of those things you still have to add the wet ingredients and stir, so why bother using them at all?

The only extra work involved is measuring the ingredients, but the result is so much better, that no cake box mix could ever have any justification in my eyes whatsoever.

 

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To make the batter for the owl cupcakes with Oreos, start by mixing together all the dry ingredients, except the sugar, in a bowl. Set aside.

In another bowl whisk together the egg, sugar and the remaining wet ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones, mixing carefully with a whisk. Only mix as long as to get your dry ingredients moist, don’t over mix. If there are still some small lumps here and there is fine.

Divide the batter between the lined cupcake forms and bake.

That’s it! You will not even need a mixer to make this chocolate cupcake recipe.

 

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Buttercream frosting for the owl cupcakes

Well, you will need a hand-held mixer to make the buttercream frosting needed for the owl cupcakes with Oreos.

But the recipe for this buttercream is the simplest one I know and you will need about five minutes to have it done.

First of all, make sure that the butter has room temperature, otherwise you will not be able to mix it properly. Take it out of the fridge several hours before you want to make the buttercream frosting, if I want to make that in the morning, I usually leave the butter on the counter overnight.

Give the soft butter to a mixing bowl and beat until light and fluffy, at least two minutes, I would say. Slowly and gradually start adding the icing sugar. Add the vanilla extract or vanilla aroma as well. Continue beating until the mixture is really fluffy and nice, usually another minute or so.

 

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That’s it again! I always use equal amounts of butter (European style unsalted butter) and icing sugar to make this buttercream recipe. In most cases: 1 packet weighing 250 g/ 8.8 oz/ 1 cup butter and 1 packet weighing 250 g/ 8.8 oz/ 2 ½ cups icing sugar. Plus 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or a few drops of vanilla extract.

I flavor the buttercream as required, most of the times with vanilla extract or a few drops of vanilla aroma (aroma is more common and definitely cheaper in Germany than extract, although I prefer using pure vanilla extract when I have it).

You could also flavor your buttercream differently. For instance, add a few drops of rum, butterscotch, lemon or orange flavor instead of vanilla.

Or 2-3 tablespoons rum (not for children), fresh orange or lemon juice. If you add this amount of liquid to the buttercream, you might want to add a little extra icing sugar to the buttercream to give it the right consistency for piping again, about 2 to 4 tablespoons should do it.

If you want to make chocolate buttercream frosting add 1-2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder to the buttercream. If the buttercream is too stiff, add a tiny amount of milk (½ to 1 tablespoon) to loosen it again and make it right for piping.

If you have buttercream leftovers you can definitely freeze them, I have done it a thousand times. Give the buttercream to freezer bags. Defrost in the fridge overnight.

 

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How to make the owl cupcakes with Oreos

To actually make the owls you will need some Oreos and some M&M’s or large Smarties for the eyes and beak of the owls.

Theoretically you will need 1 ½ Oreos per cupcake, so a total of 18 Oreos or 36 halves. BUT! Although I was very careful when splitting the Oreos, many of them broke in the process.

Also sometimes their own frosting will only hold on one half of the cookie and you need that both eyes still have frosting on them. So, do make sure you have enough Oreos when you start decorating, just to avoid having to go out and buy some more while in the middle of the decorating work.

Use some of the broken pieces to form the “eyebrows” of the owls. Eat the rest of the broken cookies.

So, once the cupcakes are completely cool, pipe the buttercream frosting on top.

Split the Oreos in two by twisting them carefully and place on the frosting to form the eyes. Snap another split Oreo in two and stick the halves in the buttercream to form the “eyebrows” or whatever those things are.

Stick two M&M’s or Smarties of the same color to form the eyes. If they don’t stay put, smear their underside with a tiny amount of buttercream and stick them in place.

Stick another M&M or Smarties (preferably yellow or orange) between the Oreo eyes to make the beak.

And that’s it again!

 

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Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
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Ingredients

  • Chocolate cupcakes or muffins:
  • 200 g/ 7 oz/ 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 30 g/ 1 oz/ ¼ cup + 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 100 g/ 3.5 oz/ ½ cup chopped semisweet chocolate or chocolate chips
  • 1 egg (medium Germany, large US)
  • 80 g/ 2.8 oz/ scant ½ cup brown sugar
  • 80 ml/ 2.7 fl.oz/ 1/3 cup vegetable oil (for instance canola oil)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 250 ml/ 8 fl.oz/ 1 cup buttermilk
  • Buttercream frosting:
  • 250 g/ 8.8 oz/ 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 250 g/ 8.8 oz/ 2 ½ cups icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or a few drops of vanilla extract (See note 1)
  • Decoration:
  • Oreo cookies or something similar (See note 2)
  • M&M's or large Smarties

Instructions

Chocolate cupcakes:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 12 muffin tin with paper cases.

Give the flour, baking soda, baking powder and unsweetened cocoa powder to a bowl. Chop the semisweet chocolate into small pieces about the size or chocolate chips or use semisweet chocolate chips. Give them to the flour mixture and stir to mix. Set aside.

In another bowl whisk together the egg and the sugar. Add the oil, vanilla extract and buttermilk. Whisk very well.

Give the dry ingredients to the wet ones and whisk carefully until the dry ingredients are moist. Do not over mix, it is OK if there are still some small lumps in the batter.

Give the batter to the muffin tin. Bake for 20 minutes. Leave to rest in the tin for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Buttercream frosting:

Make sure the butter has room temperature before you start. Give the butter to a bowl and mix until light and fluffy, at least 2 minutes. Slowly and gradually add the icing sugar. Add the vanilla extract or aroma and continue beating until the buttercream is nice and fluffy.

Give the buttercream to a piping bag fitted with a large star nozzle.

Decoration:

When the cupcakes are completely cool, pipe the buttercream on top.

Twist the Oreo cookies to open and place two halves that still have enough of their own white frosting attached to them on the buttercream to form the eyes.

Snap another cookie half in two to form the “eyebrows” of the owls and stick them into the buttercream as well. You can use some of the halves that don't have that much of their own frosting left on them for this step.

Use M&M's or large Smarties to form the eyes. If the eyes don't stick to the Oreo frosting very well, smear them with a tiny amount of buttercream (rests from the mixing bowl) on the underside and then stick them onto the cookies.

Form the beak of the owl with another M&M or Smarties.

Note 1: To make a chocolate buttercream frosting add 1-2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder to the buttercream. Mix well and add ½ – 1 tablespoon milk to loosen the buttercream and give it the right consistency for piping.

Note 2: You will need 36 cookie HALVES to make the 12 owl cupcakes, however the Oreos break quite easily when you try to split them in two. Also sometimes their own frosting will only hold on one half of the cookie and you need that both eyes still have frosting on them. Make sure you buy enough Oreos in case that happens.

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2 comments

Anca 26/10/2018 - 15:15

These look amazing!!! They are so funny. I love them! I’m going to make them myself, although I will bake my own biscuits as I’m not buying Oreos anymore (they use palm oil that is not sustainable sourced). Gosh, these might be great for Halloween.

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Sissi 26/10/2018 - 20:12

They look so cute! Perfect for children! I cannot believe they don’t take hours to make!

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