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How to Make Owl Cupcakes

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I had to figure out how to make Owl Cupcakes for an owl baby shower I was working on and these little hoot owls are so adorable–I wanna eat them up!

If you’re on the hunt for additional owl baby shower inspiration, be sure to check out my 12+ owl baby shower ideas for a hoot-of-a-good time. Heh.

But back to these adorable owl cupcake for baby showers and how you can make them your own. Let’s get making!

Tips to Make Baby Shower Owl Cupcakes:

I know that making cupcakes is something of an enigma for some people–it used to be for me. I had no idea how to use a piping bag and was a little intimidated with the idea of trying.

But, I found some great hacks for making frosted cupcakes that really will help, even if it’s you first time. You’ll be making your owl cupcakes in 20 minutes!

  • To make cute owl cupcakes, you should definitely make them as simple as possible. I used candy eyeballs and Starburst candy to make the facial features. So: keep it simple.
  • Let me repeat it for those in the back: You can make your own buttercream frosting and do a cream filling in your cupcakes or even go with some kind of candy coated magical whatever. But I find the more simple the cupcake, the better.
  • Using a cake mix frees you to not worry about baking soda, flour mixture, vanilla extract or baking powder. So, use the cake mix. You won’t be sorry.
  • Always allow your cupcakes to cool completely before putting frosting on top. Warm frosting melts–then I cry.
  • Don’t use chocolate frosting. It won’t color grey or yellow correctly. Use white frosting. Every time.
  • You can use a brown M&M or some other brown candy for eyes, in the center of a circle of white frosting, if you don’t have candy eyeballs to put on top of the cupcake.
  • Always always lightly spray cooking oil on your muffin tins with paper liners AFTER you preheat your oven to 350 degrees, just before you put the cake mix into the liners. That way the oil doesn’t drip down and pool.

Specialty Ingredients:

The following ingredients are affiliate links on Amazon because they may be a bit hard to find in your normal store.  I wanted you to be able to see exactly which things we are using.

Reminder, not all ingredients in the Owl Cupcake Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for.

Must Have Resources:

When making Owl Cupcakes at home, you really need to have the following Amazon affiliate tools on hand.

Make it a Meal:

Main Dish: Chicken and Sausage Sheet Pan

Starch Side: Scalloped Potatoes

Refreshing Drink: Cotton Candy Mocktail

More Fun Owl Baby Shower Supplies:

Owl baby shower themes are so easy, you can almost use anything you’d like–sticks, moss, whatever, to decorate with. But, because being extra is my middle name, I went through the effort to make a whole set of print-and-cut Cricut projects that could be printed and assembled in a flash. Here’s some of them, if you want to explore a little.

More Owl Baby Shower Ideas

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How to Make Owl Cupcakes

How to Make Owl Cupcakes

Yield: 12 Super Cute Owl Cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These are the most easy and cutest owl cupcakes for a baby shower that you'll ever find. They're so yummy and way simpler to make than you might expect.


  • 1 box White Cake Mix
  • 1/3 cup Butter Softened
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 cup Water
  • White Icing
  • 24 Giant Candy Eyeballs
  • 6 Orange Starburst Candies
  • Yellow Gel Food Coloring
  • Black Gel Food Coloring


  1. Start by mixing your cake mix, butter, eggs, and water with a hand mixer on high until well blended.
  2. Pour mixture into cupcake tins, and bake according to box instructions.
  3. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely.
  4. Separate your icing into two equal portions.
  5. Color one portion of icing yellow and the other grey.
  6. Fill piping bag with grey or yellow icing and place large round tip on the end.
  7. Frost half of the cupcakes by starting on the side and working your way in and up with icing.
  8. On one side of the cupcake, pipe then release pressure and pull away to make the eye-pointy-bits above the owl eyes.
  9. Clean your piping bag and tip, then fill piping bag with the other color icing and place the large round tip on the end (again).
  10. Frost the remaining half of the cupcakes by starting on the side and working your way inward and upward with the icing.
  11. On one side of the cupcake, pipe then release pressure and pull away to make the eye-pointy-bits above the owl eyes.
  12. Working with one Starburst candy at a time, microwave the candy for 10 seconds.
  13. With your fingers, pinch the Starburst candy in half and roll it into a slight cone shape with a rounded shape.
  14. Repeat with all of the Starburst candies to make 12 owl beaks.
  15. Place two of the giant candy eyeballs on the side of the cupcake where the eye-pointy-bits are.
  16. Place a beak between and below the two eyes then serve and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 91mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 2gSugar: 20gProtein: 3g

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Avi Singh

Friday 27th of March 2020

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