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!

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Cupcakes:
Frosting:
Decoration:

Directions

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Spread 1 tablespoon frosting over each cooled cupcake.

  • 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

372 calories; 20.3 g total fat; 47 mg cholesterol; 291 mg sodium. 46.4 g carbohydrates; 5.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2019
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Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2019
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2018
These came out so cute and very little effort to decorate (though I used a different cupcake recipe just got inspired by the design) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2019
I used a different cupcake recipe but used this recipe for inspiration for the decoration and they came out great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2019
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Rating: 4 stars
10/27/2019
Cute! Cookies get soft fast though after sitting on cupcake overnight. Read More