Easy Owl Cupcakes

Easy Owl Cupcakes

Hoot Sweet! These cupcakes are owl-out adorable with their oreo eyes and plumes of buttercream.

Cinnamon Sugar Cupcakes

And these cinnamon sugar cupcakes don’t hurt either. They’re the perfect canvas to decorate with just buttercream and a few edible add ons to make little owls. Want to see?

Piping Owl Cupcakes

Start by using a small round #10 decorating tip. Pipe about 5-6 big dots of buttercream around the bottom edge of the cupcake top. Pipe and pull the frosting into a thin layer. Then pipe another row on top of the first row. Continue piping rows of dots into somewhat of a triangular shape.

Piping Owl Wings

For the wings, use a #18 tip to pipe frosting on either side of the owl’s chest (covering the rest of the cupcake surface) and then sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the wings for texture.

Owl Cupcake

Now it’s time to put the faces on. Yep! We need some big eyes.

Oreo Minis

They’re made using Oreo Minis. And if you’ve ever opened a bag of these and separated the cookies, then you know they are dappled with cookie crumbs. To fix that, you can chill the cookies and then use a toothpick to gently brush or scrape off the crumbs.

Owl Cupcake Add-Ons

Much better! Use black candy gems or M&M’s for the owl’s pupils. Just press one into the middle of each cookie creme center.

Decorating Owl Cupcakes

To bring it all together, use the round decorating tip again and pipe a line of frosting down the center of the cupcake, starting from the top row of chest feathers toward the top of the cupcake. Then press the cookie eyes in position on either side of the piped line and add a black sunflower seed for the beak. Finally pipe a buttercream brow over the top of the two cookie eyes and use a toothpick to add texture.

Owl Cupcakes

See… so cute!!!

Big Eyed Owl Cupcakes

The eyes have it!

Cinnamon Sugar Cupcakes
Yield: 12 cupcakes

Cinnamon Sugar Cupcakes

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes



  • 1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup milk


  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 16 oz confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 teaspoons milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line cupcake tray with paper liners.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. Using a mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs, mixing each until just combined. Add vanilla extract and mix.
  5. Slowly add flour mixture in three additions, alternating with milk in two additions.
  6. Divide batter into prepared paper liners and bake for 18-20 minutes. (Sprinkle a little cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the warm cupcakes if desired.)
  7. For cinnamon sugar frosting: Beat butter and cinnamon on medium speed until combined. Add confectioners sugar in several additions starting on low and then increasing speed to medium. Scrape down sides in between each addition. Add vanilla and mix until combined. Add 1-2 teaspoons of milk until desired consistency.
Owl cupcakes



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18 comments on “Easy Owl Cupcakes”

  1. Those owls are so Adorable…!

  2. Beautiful! I live in Australia, never seen the ingredient you used for the nose! What is it please?

  3. I love these! So cute! Where did you get the noses / how did you make them?

  4. OMG! You did an amazing job with these adorable cupcakes, Angie! I love them so much! They look so realistic. This would also be nice for Valentine’s Day. I might just put heart-shaped candies or jellies for the owl’s eyes.

  5. Can’t wait! One minor note, the recipe says to add sugar to the flour mixture and sift, then it says to cream it with the butter. I think it may be a typo to add it to the flour mixture. Always love your recipes. Thanks for the decorating tips too!

  6. Those owls are so beautiful! I love them!

  7. These are a hoot — so cute!!!!!

  8. Owldorable :P


  10. Wow! As I always say, “Angie, you are amazing!” I don’t know how you do it, but I look at a blank canvas and I see a blank canvas. However, you are always coming up with new ideas that just blow me away. I guess what I love so much is the personalities you put into your designs. Thank you for sharing these beautiful, amazing Owl Cupcakes with us!

  11. These are adorable.  Sometimes I forget that we can eat the treats you make!

  12. I am always so impressed with your cupcakes. These owls are incredible! I love ever single detail including their big cookie eyes.

  13. Omgosh those are adorable.

  14. These cupcakes are adorable!!! I have to make it soon, so cute ???

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