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How to Make Hoot Owl Cupcakes with Oreo Cookies

How to Make Hoot Owl Cupcakes with Oreo Cookies

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Do you love Oreo cookies? How about cupcakes? If you answered yes to both of those questions, then you’re going to love this recipe! In today’s blog post, we are going to teach you how to make hoot owl cupcakes with Oreo cookies. These delicious cupcakes are perfect for a birthday party or any other special occasion.

How to Make Hoot Owl Cupcakes with Oreo Cookies

What is a hoot owl?

A hoot owl is a type of owl that is known for its distinctive call. Hoot owls are found in many different parts of the world, but they are most commonly found in North America.

Why do owls hoot?


Owls hoot for a variety of reasons. Some owls hoot to communicate with other owls, while others hoot to warn predators that they are watching them. Hooting is also a way for owls to attract mates.

How do Owls help us?

Owls are important predators in the ecosystem. They help to keep populations of rodents and other small animals in check. Owls also eat a lot of insects, which helps to control insect populations.

Why are owls seen as wise?

Owls are seen as wise because of their large eyes and silent flight. Owls can see in the dark and they fly very quietly, which makes them difficult to detect.

Why are owls in a lot of children’s books?

Owls are in a lot of children’s books because they are seen as wise and mysterious creatures. Many kids find owls to be very interesting, which is why they are often featured in stories.

Owls and Harry Potter

Owls are a big part of the Harry Potter series. In fact, Hedwig, Harry’s owl, is one of the main characters in the books. Owls play an important role in the story and help Harry on many of his adventures.

In fact, my kiddo did a Hedwig craft for kids over on her site: Harry Potter Study Unit and Hedwig Owl Craft for Kids

Now that you know a little bit about owls, let’s get started on making these hoot owl cupcakes!

How do I make these adorable cupcakes?

The yellow cupcake base can be made from either a boxed mix or the following recipe:

Standard yellow cupcakes recipe

A good yellow cupcake recipe for the base:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs at room temp
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1/2” cubes
  • 1/2 cup milk – the higher the fat content the better
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp vegetable oil
ready to share owl cupcake

How to make Hoot Owl Cupcakes

Preheat the oven to 350°F and place the shelf in the middle of the oven. Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners.

In a large bowl whisk flour, baking powder, matcha, and salt together. Set aside.

Place butter and milk in a microwave-safe dish and zap 2 minutes on high to melt the butter.

In a separate bowl, beat eggs for 30 seconds on medium-high speed.

With the beater still going, pour the sugar in over 30 seconds.

Beat eggs for 6 minutes more on a highly faster speed, or until tripled in volume and almost pure white.

When the egg is whipped, scatter 1/3 flour across the surface, then beat on low for 5 seconds. Stop beating, add half the remaining flour, then mix again on low for 5 seconds. Add remaining flour, then mix on Speed 1 for 5 – 10 sec until the flour is just mixed in. Once you can’t see flour, stop straight away.

Pour the hot milk/butter, vanilla, and oil into the now empty flour bowl. Add about 3/4 cups of the Egg Batter into the hot milk. Use a whisk to mix until smooth. It should look kind of foamy.

With the beater on low still, pour the milk mixture into the Egg Batter over 10-15 seconds, then turn the beater off.

Fill your muffin tins with batter until they are 2/3 full. Bake 20-22 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

How to Make Hoot Owl Cupcakes

I am going to show you how to make them from a boxed cake mix, but also talk about how to use the recipe above for the base of this Owl Cupcakes Recipe.

 What you need for Owl Cupcakes:

 What you need for Owl Cupcakes:
  • 1 box yellow cake box mix along with all the items the box asks for on the back; usually eggs, oil, and water.
  • Oreo cookies, 2 cookie halves with cream filling for each cupcake
  • White, chocolate, light brown, and dark brown frosting
  • Orange cookie frosting

Hoot Owl cupcake tutorial

Preheat the oven to 350°F and place the shelf in the middle of the oven. Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Take your cake mix and add the ingredients it asks for. Fill your muffin tips cups 2/3 full of batter and bake per the box instructions.

Let them cool completely.

Frosting Your Hoot Owl Cupcakes

Place the piping bag into a large glass and fold the sides of the bag over the rim of the glass. Scoop the white frosting into the piping bag. Bring the pastry bag edges up and twist them together to start decorating.

If you don’t have a piping bag, try a plastic bag with the tip snipped off. Frost the cooled and filled cupcakes.

Repeat that for the chocolate, light brown, and dark brown frosting also.

Owl Cupcakes  

Bake cupcakes per the recipe of your choice and let them cool completely.

owl cupcake frosted with base color

Pipe a base layer of white frosting on each cupcake.

Making chest feathers for an owl cupcake

Use the light brown frosting to create the body feathers of the owl, overlapping the frosting on the middle of the cupcake.

making wings for owl cupcakes

Use the dark brown frosting to create the wings on either side of the cupcake.

Adding Oreo Eyes to owl cupcakes

Place 2 Oreo halves, with the cream filling side up, side by side at the top of the cupcake.

adding pupils to owl eyes

Use the chocolate frosting to create an eyeball in the center of each oreo.

adding beak and claws to your owl cupcake

Use the orange cookie frosting to create the beak and claws.

Your owl is complete!  

finished owl cupcake

FAQ:

Easy Hoot Owl Cupcakes

Use a dressed-up boxed cake mix.

How do you store Hoot Owl Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.

Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three could easily take them out in two to three days. Since you are using canned frosting instead of buttercream frosting or fondant, they should be fine for five to six days. The longer you wait to eat them, the higher the chances that your Oreo cookie halves will get soggy.

Other cupcake recipes you may like:

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