Halloween Owl Cupcakes

halloween owl cupcakes

When I came across this fun treat, it’s hard to not gather my little ones and get some fun. The owl decoration is so cleverly simple that my 3-year-old was having no problem doing it all by himself. And my 1-year-old…having no problem finishing the other sides of the Oreos that we didn’t need.

Ingredients (12 regular-sized cupcakes):
Quick Chocolate Cupcake with Nutella
1 1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup warm water mixed with 2 tablespoons espresso powder
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup Nutella
Owl Decoration
24 pieces Oreo cookies
24 brown or black M&M’s
12 orange M&M’s

Grease muffin tin or line with muffin liners.
To prepare cupcakes, in a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, mix together espresso, vinegar, vanilla and oil.
Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture, mix until just blended.
Divide the batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes. Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting.
Spread Nutella on top of each cupcake.
Separate the Oreos, then push a brown M&M’s on each halve with the white filling. Place 2 Oreo eyes onto the cupcake. Then put an orange M&M’s on its side between the eyes to make the owl beak.


  1. Hi Eva, I wish I could tell you why it was salty. I’d suggest to maybe put a little more sugar. But definitely not omit the salt as it helps to blend the tastes together. Cheers.

  2. I tried them today and they look fabulous… But the taste is a bit salty so I wonder whether it should taste like that or did I make a mistake on the way?
    Anyway, my mum and sister love them!!

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