Hooting Halloween owls

Hooting Halloween owls

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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 a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 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 a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 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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1st Oct, 2018
Added chocolate chips & a drop of vanilla.. were delicious.
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10th Jan, 2014
Made these for GCSE Food Tech. Fun and easy to make and taste fantastic.
16th Dec, 2013
These were brilliant! Made for my little sister party and the kids loved them! They were really easy to make aswell
1st Nov, 2013
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.
6th Dec, 2012
Went down a treat!! Loved these. Adapted these to make christmas cupcakes.
24th Oct, 2012
a fun recipe to do with kids-added cocoa to the buttercream-delicious!
7th Nov, 2011
My daughter (8 yrs) loved making these. They were easy to do and although there was a lot of butter used.......they were delicious!
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Missy Mazii
28th Oct, 2011
was ok with the 6 eggs, nice fluffy cupcakes, my boys had a fab time decorating them :)
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Missy Mazii
27th Oct, 2011
How many eggs do you put in, 6 seems a whole lot, is it 1 or 2?
26th Oct, 2011
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;)


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