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Owl cupcakes

  • 1:55 Prep
  • Makes 24
  • Advanced

Ingredients

  • 250g butter, chopped
  • 200g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 cups caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
  • 3/4 cup plain flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

Decoration

  • 5 x 200g packets round chocolate-coated biscuits (see note)
  • 48 white choc melts
  • blue food colouring
  • 24 white tic tacs

Method

  • 1
    Make chocolate cupcakes: Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Line two 12-hole, 1/3-cup capacity muffin pans with paper cases.
  • 2
    Place butter, 1 1/2 cups cold water, chocolate and caster sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until melted. Stand for 10 minutes to cool.
  • 3
    Sift flours and cocoa into a large bowl. Gradually pour in cooled chocolate mixture, stirring with a wooden spoon until mixture is combined and smooth. Add egg and stir until combined.
  • 4
    Spoon mixture into prepared pans. Bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre of 1 cake comes out clean. Stand in pans for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • 5
    Make icing: Using an electric mixer, beat butter until pale and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Add icing sugar and milk in batches, beating well between additions. Reserve 2 tablespoons frosting. Add cocoa powder to remaining frosting. Beat until combined. Spoon half the chocolate frosting into a piping bag fitted with a 5mm fluted nozzle. Reserve remaining chocolate frosting.
  • 6
    Using a hot sharp knife, cut 24 biscuits in half crossways, trimming if necessary. Set aside for the ears.
  • 7
    Pipe a small dot of frosting on the back of 1 choc melt. Place on top of 1 whole chocolate biscuit and press to secure. Repeat with frosting, remaining melts and another 47 biscuits to form eyes.
  • 8
    Spread top of 1 cupcake with reserved chocolate frosting. Using the picture as a guide, position 2 biscuit halves on cupcake to form ears. If necessary, pipe more frosting under ears to support them. Position 2 biscuit eyes on cupcake. Tint reserved plain frosting blue. Spoon blue frosting into a piping bag fitted with a 3mm plain nozzle. Pipe a dot of blue frosting in the centre of each choc melt to form pupils. Pipe chocolate frosting between ears to form fluffy feathers. Position 1 tic tac below eyes to form a beak. Repeat with remaining cupcakes, frosting, biscuit halves, biscuit eyes and tic tacs. Serve.

Source: taste.com.au

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