Hooting Halloween owls

Hooting Halloween owls

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(17 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


  • 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



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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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24th Oct, 2011
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!
16th Aug, 2010
IT looks very good but i wonder what Masters are???????????
6th Dec, 2009
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.)
9th Nov, 2009
I made these last halloween and this year. Really yummy and look so cute. Very tasty and a great hit with the kids. -
18th Oct, 2009
they were yummy !
7th Mar, 2009
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5th Jan, 2009
Fab cakes, really cute & very tasty! I did cheat though and bought ready made buttercream, made putting them together a lot quicker!
23rd Oct, 2008
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.
15th Oct, 2008
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 ...
8th Oct, 2008
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!!


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