Halloween Hoot Owls
Owl Halloween Cupcakes Recipe

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.

1 hr 15 min
02 hrs 05 min



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.

Tip #1

Tip #2

Halloween Hoot Owls How-To Video/Video by Virtutrix 

Tip #3

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

Tip #4

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


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


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  February 10, 2009

I made this for my son's October birthday party. They were a hit. My kids loved to help decorate and the results were very impressive. I omitted the coconut since I was serving some picky eaters and the recipe still turned out great. I can't wait to try it with coconut for myself. I used butterscotch Lifesavers I had read previous reviews for the eyes and did not have any problems. The decorating ideas would work nicely for any cake recipe.

— says Carey
  October 18, 2008

These went over so well with my grandchildren's class parties. Fun to make and they look so great, not too hard to make, just time consuming.

— says Carol
  October 17, 2008

My grandson & I made these last year and they turned out so great my son thought we bought them somewhere. My grandson let him know right quick, "No me and Grandmother made these!" My son was impressed and said if he went into a bakery and saw these he would buy one just because they were so cool looking. This year they are asking for a repeat.

— says Annette
  October 17, 2008

I took these to a Halloween party at work. Rave reviews! I used lifesaver butter rum candies and had no problems with the candies sliding off.

— says Laurie
  October 07, 2008

I made these for Halloween last year and they looked great at first. They were easy to make and very cute. However, when I set them out to serve them, as they sat out, the candies (I used Werthers) on top melted and slid off the top. They looked a mess so no one ate them!

— says Karen
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