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Halloween Hoot Owls

Halloween Hoot Owls

Kids will love decorating these Halloween cupcakes with sliced almonds, candy rings and whole cashews. The cream cheese frosting is extra creamy and complements the coconut cupcakes.

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1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
02 hrs 05 min
Total Time



1 (15.25- to 16.5-ounce) package butter recipe white or yellow cake mix

1 1/4 cups water

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

3 large Land O Lakes® Eggs (whites only)

1 teaspoon almond extract

1 cup sweetened flaked coconut


3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 tablespoon milk


48 butter rum-flavored hard candies with holes

Milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup sliced almonds

24 whole cashews

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cups into 24 muffin pan cups; set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine all cake ingredients except coconut in bowl. Beat according to cake mix directions. Gently stir in coconut.

  3. STEP 3

    Fill prepared muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake 19-22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

  4. STEP 4

    Combine all frosting ingredients in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy.

  5. STEP 5

    Frost cooled cupcakes. Place 2 butter rum candies on each cupcake for eyes. Dip bottoms of chocolate chips into frosting; place onto each candy circle to form center of eye. Arrange almonds above eyes for feathers. Add cashew for beak.

  6. STEP 6

    Store refrigerated in container with tight-fitting lid.

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Tip #3

Halloween Hoot Owls How-To Video/Video by Virtutrix 

Tip #4

- The back of a spoon works great to make decorative swirls when frosting cakes and cupcakes.

Tip #5

Halloween Hoot Owls How-To Video/Video by Virtutrix < < - The back of a spoon works great to make decorative swirls when frosting cakes and cupcakes.

Tip #6

- Butter rum candies with holes are available in bags or rolls. Yellow or orange candies can be substituted for the butter rum.

Nutrition (1 serving)

340 Calories
15 Fat (g)
25 Cholesterol (mg)
260 Sodium (mg)
49 Carbohydrates (g)
0 Dietary Fiber
3 Protein (g)
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