Hooting Halloween owls

Hooting Halloween owls

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Cooking time

Ready in 30-35 mins, plus cooling and decorating

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 12

Delicious and simple chocolate cup cakes to make with the kids at Halloween - real crowd-pleasers

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freeze cake bases only
Nutrition info

Nutrition per cake

kcalories
615
protein
6g
carbs
68g
fat
38g
saturates
23g
fibre
1g
sugar
54g
salt
1.06g

Ingredients

  • 280g butter, softened
  • 280g golden caster sugar
  • 200g self-raising flour, minus 1 rounded tbsp
  • 1 rounded tbsp cocoa powder
  • 6 medium eggs

For icing and decoration

  • 200g butter, softened
  • 280g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tube orange ready-to-use icing
  • 1 small bag Maltesers
  • 1 tube choco M&Ms minis (use just the brown sweets) or Cadbury's mini buttons
  • 1 tub jelly diamonds (just the orange ones)

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with brown muffin cases. Beat the first 5 ingredients to a smooth batter and spoon between the cases, almost filling them to the top. You may have a little left over. Bake for 20-25 mins until risen and spongy. Cool on a rack.
  2. Beat the butter and icing sugar until smooth. Slice off the very tops of the cakes and cut each piece in half. Spread a generous layer of icing over each cake.
  3. Working on one cake at a time, squirt a pea-sized blob of orange icing onto two Maltesers and use to fix a brown M&M on each. Sit the eyes, two pieces of cake top (curved edge up) and a jelly diamond on the icing to make an owl.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2004

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anneconnolly's picture
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Made these for a halloween party and they were a great success.

greenlung's picture
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Have made these each Halloween, find the kids love them up to the butter icing goes on and then don't eat them. Next year will cover them with plain icing (not sure about colour of same) and then decorate. But certainly are great.

vrog's picture

Loved the idea. Made these with large number of children at Playscheme No cooker available so did decorating only on ready made cakes, although it wold have been great to make the cakes.

elaines's picture
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Taste as good as they look. We all had great fun making these

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