Twit-Twoo Owl Cupcakes

Friday, 31 October 2014

Yield:  12 cupcakes     Time:  45 minutes (plus cooling time)


for the chocolate cupcakes

100g plain flour
20g cocoa powder
140g golden caster sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
40g unsalted butter, at room temperature
120ml whole milk
1 medium egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
100g milk chocolate chips

for the owl tops

a few tablespoons of Nutella
milk chocolate buttons
white chocolate buttons
milk chocolate chips
jelly diamonds, halved
white chocolate stars (optional)


Heat the oven to 170C.

Line a 12-cup muffin tray with muffin cases.

  1. Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder in a bowl.  Add the sugar and butter, and mix until combined and you have a sandy consistency.
  2. Whisk together the milk, egg and vanilla in a jug, and slowly pour half into the flour mixture until combined, then repeat with the second half.  Be careful not to over mix.
  3. Mix in the chocolate chips by hand.
  4. Spoon into the waiting muffin cases and bake for 18-22 minutes until a knife comes out clean.  Turn out onto a wire rack and allow to cool fully.
  5. Top each cooled muffin with a tablespoon of Nutella and spread out with a fork until you have a feather pattern.
  6. Place milk chocolate buttons across the bottom of each as feathers, and white chocolate buttons topped with milk chocolate chips as eyes.  Halved jelly diamonds as beeks to finish them off!


Owl topping adapted from the Waitrose Kitchen Magazine, October 2014.

Cupcake recipe adapted from the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook, p17.


  1. Oh my gosh, how cute are these! They look so professional! You are a baking whizz! Heroine In Heels

  2. Thanks so much, Laura! They are so easy to make, honestly. And so much fun. I'm glad you like 'em!

  3. I can't really think of a better Friday night set up than being "surrounded" by Nutella and chocolate buttons, Tash! :) They look amazing! Definitely looking forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve for xmas :) I might have to have a go at these, even if Halloween is done and dusted now. I also love how you use cookbooks + magazines, it really inspires me to get reading them too, I always pile them up but never get the chance to actually have more than a brief flick through! x

  4. Thank you so much, Tash!! I'd really love to see you make these! I don't think owls are at all limited to Halloween, they'd fit in all year round I reckon.
    Where do you tend to get your inspiration from? As much as I love finding inspiration from other bloggers, I'm usually fitting baking into pockets of time so having to translate US measurements into UK ones sometimes takes time I don't have that day. I have a notebook in which I translate my bookmarked recipes when I have time! As far as magazines go, the Waitrose magazine is a really good one, I find (and free if you have a Waitrose card!). Jamie Oliver's is pretty good, too x



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