Friday, 9 November 2007

Chocolate Owl Cupcakes

These little fellows came about as a project to make with children. I based them on a magazine article from Good Food magazine which was published last year or the year before (I think). It was about cooking for this time of year by Tana Ramsay, and she had done much bigger owls with different sweets and ears. I’ve played about with the decoration idea a bit and changed it onto mini cupcakes; the originals were a play on butterfly cakes. The only bit I have left from Tana’s original idea is the eyes, but still I feel I must give thanks to the original for its inspiration.

The cakes and icing both come from a new book called Secrets of Aga Cakes by Lucy Young (her third book). I’m planning another post on this book later, so won’t go into details, except to say I bought it for the author not the Aga aspect – as I don’t own one! Anyhow the cakes are the bases from her indulgent chocolate cupcakes and the icing is from a chocolate pecan traybake recipe. The cake has margarine in it, and I’m not big on margarine, but here it really works, and the little cakes taste light and chocolate-y - must be butter in the icing though!

Actually these are really good just as cupcakes with the frosting if you don’t want to go down the owl route, and I plan on making them that way later in the year with some wafer roses on top.

Chocolate Cupcakes
From different recipes in Lucy Young’s Secrets of Aga Cakes.
Makes 24 mini cupcakes
For the cakes:
25g cocoa powder
3 tablespoons boiling water
100g baking margarine
100g caster sugar
75g Self Raising Flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs

Mix cocoa and water, then add the rest of the cake ingredients and mix. Spoon into cases and bake for 10-12 minutes at 180 oC.

For the Frosting:
75g soft butter
225g icing sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted
1 ½ to 2 tablespoons boiling water

Mix together!

Owls Decoration
3 x Terry’s chocolate oranges (you’ll have odd shaped bits left over)
7 bags Maltesers
Mini chocolate buttons x 1 box
Orange icing tube x 1
Ice cakes with the chocolate frosting, then place two maltesers per cake and a slice of chocolate orange, which you’ve cut into 3 parts – use only the two outside angled bits – to make the ears. Place a splodge of orange icing on each malteser and top with a mini chocolate button. Finally pipe a small line between the eyes for the beak.


Patricia Scarpin said...

Oh, Kelly-Jane! These are so cute!

Susan said...

Adorable! Kids of all ages would like these. What's not to like?

Mara said...

These are very cute, what a great idea :)

Lydia said...

These are adorable! And they don't just have to be for kids, do they???!

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Hi Kelly-Jane, Glad it went so well. What a fantastic idea! Will definitely make these.

Deborah said...

Oh so cute!! I love them!

Paola said...

Wow KJ! That is one of the cutest things I've ever seen on a blog! They're so cute that I would feel bad eating them! :)


PS: I bet Kirstie would love these!

slush said...

Could they be any cuter? I think not. Anyone would love to have one of those as a dessert. Too CUTE! xo

Cynthia said...

You are too good!

Pat said...

Very cute!!!!!

Peabody said...

Those are a hoot(excuse the pun but I had to)!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

So cute! Who wouldn't love these? Well done!

Kelly Mahoney said...

These are too cute to eat!

Ilana said...

Those are so sweet! :))


Gemma said...

These are absolutely adorable, I love the idea. My Mum always used to buy Stork margarine for baking but I'm not sure why - maybe just because it was already soft so a bit easier than butter.

Gemma x

Cheryl said...

Those are the cutest things ever. What a great use of the candies for the owl face.

Brilynn said...

Those are adorably cute!

Kitchen Goddess said...

Adorable, and so delicious looking. Yum.

Elle said...

I'm not a big cupcake fan, but those are the most darling things. I love the way you photographed them like a convention of owls.

Tartelette said...

That is the cutest group of owls I have seen in a long time!!

joey said...

Aw! They're adorable!!! :)

Sandy said...

They are adorable, my kids would love them.

kellypea said...

These are so cute. I miss baking with children -- occasionally! They sound delicious, too, as if I need sweets about now.

s.j.simon said...

lol. did you know that chocolate was banned in switzerland for many years. read this

Kelly-Jane said...

Patricia, Susan, Mara, Deborah, Slush, Cynthia, Pat,Lynn, Kelly, Ilana, Gemma, Cheryl, Brilynn, George, Elle, helen, Joey, and Sandy. Thank you all for your lovely comments =)

Lydia, no they don't! =)

Amanda, I hope you like them =)

Paola, little one was a bit worried about eating 'twinklie' as she called them all!

Peabody, a hoot hee hee!

Kellypea, you do need them, probably!

Hi S J Simon, That's really interesting about chocolate being banned, although I've never found any side effects myself =)


Lisa said...

Oh, they are SO cute, K-J!!
Very clever :).

violets said...

What a great idea, I love them!

Vi xx

Dana said...

These are so adorable! And I'm sure they taste great too :).

veron said...

these are adorable. The really do look like little owls.