Owl Cupcakes


Looking for fun ideas for a kid's birthday party, a bake sale, or to celebrate Halloween? Try these cute owl cupcakes that are extremely easy to make. All you need are cookies, some M&Ms, and a little creativity!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
12 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 2 mins
24 cupcakes



  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup hot water


  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream

  • 1 ½ tablespoons heavy whipping cream

  • 1 ½ cups mascarpone cheese

  • 2 tablespoons mascarpone cheese

  • 7 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ¼ cup white sugar


  • 48 chocolate sandwich cookies (such as Oreo®)

  • 48 brown candy-coated milk chocolate pieces (such as M&M's®)

  • 24 orange or yellow candy-coated milk chocolate pieces (such as M&M's®)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 2 muffin tins with paper liners.

  2. Combine 2 cups sugar, flour, 1 cup cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a bowl.

  3. Whisk buttermilk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Add flour mixture; mix until well-combined. Pour in hot water; stir until batter is smooth. Divide batter evenly among muffin tins.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 12 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to a wire rack and let cool completely, about 20 minutes.

  5. Whip 3/4 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoon heavy cream in a bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Fold in 1 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons mascarpone cheese, 7 tablespoons cocoa powder, and 1/4 cup sugar gently to make frosting.

  6. Spread 1 tablespoon frosting over each cooled cupcake.

  7. Twist chocolate sandwich cookies open, leaving all cream filling on 1 side. Place 2 cookies, cream filling-side up, on each cupcake to make owl eyes. Place a brown milk chocolate piece on each cookie to create pupils. Insert an orange or yellow milk chocolate piece in the center to make a beak.

Cook's Notes:

Reserve the plain Oreo(R) halves for other recipes, such as an Oreo(R) cheesecake or milkshake, or you can crush them to make a cookie crust.

Substitute Smarties(R) for the M&M's(R) if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

372 Calories
20g Fat
46g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 372
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 291mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 79mg 6%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 162mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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