These owl cupcakes are SO CUTE and they’re so simple to make! They’re sure to be a hoot at your next fall get together! 😉
Owl Cupcakes with Oreos
My kids LOVED these adorable owl cupcakes. They’re so easy to decorate! And they make me smile just looking at them.
They’re a perfect dessert for Back to School, Halloween, Thanksgiving, or any fall get together. Simply frost the top of the cupcake, add Oreos and Reese’s Pieces, and you’re done!
The tutorial below will show you exactly how to decorate these super cute owls. We used boxed cake mix to save time, so you won’t find a cupcake recipe here, but you can definitely choose your favourite cake recipe and make it from scratch instead.
Check out our Owl Cupcakes video tutorial:
*Note: Scroll down for the step-by-step photo tutorial.
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Here’s what you’ll need:
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What can I use instead of Reese’s Pieces?
If you don’t want to use Reese’s Pieces you could easily use M&Ms instead. You could also use other types of icing instead of candies. Try a brown decorating gel for the pupils and a dab of orange cookie icing for the beak.
Can I prepare these owl cupcakes ahead of time?
You can definitely frost the cupcakes the day before as long as you store them in an airtight container. But I don’t recommend adding the owl decorations more than a few hours ahead because the Oreos will start to get soggy.
How to Decorate Owl Cupcakes with Oreos
- 24 cupcakes (baked and cooled)
- 1 tub chocolate frosting
- 48 Oreos
- 72 Reese's Pieces (48 brown, 24 orange)
- Icing spatula (or knife)
- Using an icing spatula (or butter knife), spread an even layer of chocolate frosting on the cupcake.
- To make the "horns" or "ears" on the owl, place a small amount of frosting on your spatula. Press it into the icing then pull it away from the cupcake. You may need to repeat the motion a few times to get a perfect point.
- Repeat on the right side to create a second horn.
- Push down and twist an Oreo to separate the two sides. Repeat for a second Oreo. You only need the sides with the filling.
- Center the Oreo halves filling side up on top of the cupcake.
- Add a small dab of frosting to two brown Reese's Pieces. Press them onto the Oreo filling to make the owl's eyes.
- For the owl's beak, press an orange Reese's Piece sideways in the frosting between the two eyes.
- Your owl cupcake is complete!
Do I have to use chocolate cupcakes?
If you don’t want to make chocolate cupcakes, either from a box or from scratch, you can definitely make a different flavour! A vanilla cake is always tasty – it’s a classic for a reason.
Or to add scrumptious fall flavours to your owl cupcakes, try making a spiced carrot cake!
What can I make with the leftover Oreo pieces?
If you’d like to decorate another fall themed cupcake, Your Cup of Cake has made super cute bat cupcakes made with Oreos and mini Oreos.
These easy to decorate owl cupcakes are the perfect fall dessert and are great for kids and first time decorators. Try making baby owls with mini Oreos or use coloured frosting instead of chocolate for fun rainbow coloured owls.
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