Little Owl Friends

My friend Amanda is having a baby boy! I can’t wait to meet little Layden. The Saturday after we got back from vacation I helped her sister and mom with her shower. Her sister, Amber wanted to go with an owl theme so I made these cute owl cupcakes that she found here, with a few adaption.  You can find the recipe, the invites and a few photos from the shower below!

Chocolate Owl Cupcakes

12 chocolate cupcakes baked in brown paper liners

24 mini chocolate cupcakes baked in brown paper liners

24 cream filled chocolate sandwich cookies (Oreos)

48 mini cream filled chocolate sandwich cookies (Mini Oreos)

About 3 cups chocolate frosting (I used this Chocolate Frosting recipe with added brown gel coloring, but store bought works too!)

24 brown M&M’s

48 brown mini M&M’s

18 yellow M&M’s cut into halves

Split the sandwich cookies, regular and mini, in half crosswise, keeping the cream side hole. Use a paring knife to remove any excess crumbs from cream filling.

To form the ears make 2 parallel cuts with a serrated knife in the large plain chocolate cookies 1/2 inch from each rounded side, discarding the 1/2 inch strip that remains from the center of the cookie. Cut the mini plain cookie in half.

Spoon 1 1/2 cups of the chocolate frosting into piping bags and set aside. Spread the remaining chocolate frosting on top of the standard and mini cupcakes and smooth.

To make the ears, attach the large cut cookies on top of the 12 standard cupcakes with some of the chocolate frosting, round side facing each other, at an angle, about 1 1/2 inches apart and hanging over edge of cupcake about 3/4 inch. Repeat process with the mini cut cookies and mini cupcakes, with a 1/2 inch overhang.

Place the large cream sided cookies, cream side up, on the upper half of the large cupcakes. Do the same for the mini cupcakes with the mini cookies

Pipe the chocolate frosting in vertical lines over the cookie ears to cover. Starting at the outer edge of cupcake pipe the feathers with the chocolate frosting around top of cupcake and under the eyes

Press a yellow M&M half in between the cookie eyes as the beak. Attach the brown M&M’s on top of the cookies with some of the vanilla frosting on the larger cupcakes and the mini brown candies for the smaller cupcakes. Position the eyes in different directions to give the owls a little character. You can attach the eyes with a little bit of frosting, but I found the eyes stuck to the cookies without it…probably the heat.

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