Hooting Halloween owls

Hooting Halloween owls

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(15 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)

djryry15's picture

Made these for GCSE Food Tech. Fun and easy to make and taste fantastic.

Gymnast23's picture

These were brilliant! Made for my little sister party and the kids loved them! They were really easy to make aswell

Blondie1979's picture

These are great!! Bit hesitant using 6 eggs but they came out beautifully and had really nice chocolate taste, I did however use more cocoa powder as suggested by other members.

wdavison796's picture

Went down a treat!! Loved these. Adapted these to make christmas cupcakes.

shellrossi's picture

a fun recipe to do with kids-added cocoa to the buttercream-delicious!

jtrott2fifty's picture

My daughter (8 yrs) loved making these. They were easy to do and although there was a lot of butter used.......they were delicious!

Missy Mazii's picture

was ok with the 6 eggs, nice fluffy cupcakes, my boys had a fab time decorating them :)

Missy Mazii's picture

How many eggs do you put in, 6 seems a whole lot, is it 1 or 2?

babyg123's picture

I think it would actually taste much nicer if you put milk chocolate into it instead of dark because for kids like myself I think we would all agree in saying that milk chocolate is sweeter and not as rich. ;) but thanks anyway can't wait to ask mum if I can bake them as i tis halloween;)

missdiddy's picture

Fantastically easy recipe!!
So yummy, lovely light sponge was very easy to make.
My kids loved making/decorating them. The only change I made
was to add 1 tbsp of cocoa powder to the buttercream otherwise my daughter wouldn't have eaten them.
Really cute, they do look like little owls.
Perfect for halloween!

chloetrigano's picture

IT looks very good but i wonder what Masters are???????????

mariabernadette's picture

Great recipe. The sponge was really really easy to make and tasted really delicious. We tried to make them into robins, using smarties. It didn't really work, so they just became ugly bugs. They still looked good. (Used Betty Crocker chocolate frosting as I was in too much of a rush to make my own. Tasted lovely.)

crazylady5zoeb's picture

I made these last halloween and this year. Really yummy and look so cute. Very tasty and a great hit with the kids. -

laura-40's picture

they were yummy !

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jah_mon's picture

Fab cakes, really cute & very tasty!
I did cheat though and bought ready made buttercream, made putting them together a lot quicker!

joannasimpson's picture

These are really great cakes, easy to do and leave an impression!
I have made them as mini muffins too to make them go further, just used different things for the eyes.
I used more coco powder the 2nd time as mine were no where near as dark coloured as the picture with the amount listed above.

rachel_hallowell's picture

I did this with my 7 year old cousin and she and I both loved it. They were fun to make and even better to eat! Mmm ...

carlaamanda69's picture

Made these at Halloween last year and intend to make them again this year. Greenlung's idea of ordinary icing might be a good one as the adults seemed to enjoy the eating of these more than the kids, but they look very impressive!!

starlycarly's picture

Yummy! needed alot more malteasers though.


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