We love baking with the kids and we love getting crafty in the kitchen… especially when it comes to cookies and cupcakes (have you seen our easy to decorate 4th July Cookies? We had great fun making those). Today we have a “guest post” from Life At The Zoo, were we LOVE to bake with the kids. I do often wonder whether the kids love baking (over cooking) so much, as they get to lick the spoon. I think they have been rumbled. Anyway, I digress.. here are some gorgeous little Owl Cupcakes. They are easy to make and are perfect for an Owl Party – what a hoot! Or if you are saving ideas for Halloween, these do make GREAT none scary, but relevant Halloween Treats too.
We kind of made these on a whim. You can use ANY cupcake recipe you want (try our super easy Vanilla cupcakes), but this is the one we used:
Easy Cupcake Recipe:
- 65g caster sugar
- 60g Light soft brown sugar
- 125g self raising flour
- 25g Chocolate chips
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 medium eggs
- 125g butter or margarine, softened at room temperature
- 2 tbsp milk
You will also need cupcakes liners
And preheat the oven to 180C
For the Owl Decoration, you will need:
- Melt some chocolate – any will do
- Fairy sprinkles – we had some heart and star shaped ones
- White chocolate buttons – small or large
- Icing sugar, a little water and a drop of red food colouring
- Black icing pen
- If you can’t find heart or star shaped sprinkles, you can use icing pens to draw a beak and draw on squiggles on the tummy for a pattern!
Making your Cupcakes
1) Mix your drying ingredients, add the butter, blend and add your eggs, vanilla essence and milk
2) Spoon into the cupcake cases and bake until golden (approx 15minutes)
3) Take out and let fully cool
1) Melt the chocolate and pour over your owls – do four at a time, as the chocolate will set quite quickly
2) Add your chocolate button eyes.
3) Add a heart as a beak and 2 more hearts as little ears.
4) Make up the feather tummy with stars, or use a gel pen.
5) Let it all set. Then mix up some pink icing (icing sugar, a little water and one or two drops of red food colouring). Make it as thick as possible. Then add your pink wings.
6) Add black pupils for eyes.
What do you think? Aren’t these little owl cupcakes simply the cutest? We can’t wait to make them again. They are Pip Squeak’s favourite and as mentioned above, a great CUTE treat for Halloween too.
(We have some more homemade Halloween treats over on Life At The Zoo, do go and take a peak!)