Hooting Halloween owls

Hooting Halloween owls

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(16 ratings)

Ready in 30-35 mins, plus cooling and decorating


Makes 12
Delicious and simple chocolate cup cakes to make with the kids at Halloween - real crowd-pleasers

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze cake bases only

Nutrition: per cake

  • kcal615
  • fat38g
  • saturates23g
  • carbs68g
  • sugars54g
  • fibre1g
  • protein6g
  • salt1.06g
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  • 280g butter, softened



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

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



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

For icing and decoration

  • 200g butter, softened



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 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)


  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.

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Comments (24)

anneconnolly's picture

Made these for a halloween party and they were a great success.

greenlung's picture

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

Taste as good as they look. We all had great fun making these


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