I thought I’d make Easy Owl cupcakes. Aren’t these the cutest ?
I love owls, they are so quietly intense. They have a reputation for being wise, although I don’t know where that ever came from. They are also quite close to my heart because my Aunty was an owl and so was my Mother. Let me explain because that is a pretty strange thing to say.
Growing up in a family of Owls
Growing up in our family meant doing badges and ironing uniforms and being occupied with group activities on most Saturdays of the year. Our Grandmother came from Hull in England and brought with her a love of Guiding, as in Girl Guides, that we didn’t necessarily share. She was very enthusiastic about it though, and encouraged all of her family to sign up or ship out. My Mother and Aunt were recruited to run the local Brownie troop, as this was a tiny breeding ground for Girl Guides. Brownies were inducted from as young as 6 to 8 and worked towards becoming a Girl Guide by the time they hit high school. I view it a little like my Grandmothers own version of Scientology (before it became a thing). If she got them young enough, the Brownies became so used to selling cookies and doing badges without ever remembering it was Saturday ( day off school), that it was a natural progression into Girl Guides. And Owls, I hear you ask?.
Our little troop were lead by my Aunt who was in charge. She was called “Brown Owl”, and my Mother (who was the two IC- lieutenant), was known as “Tawny Owl”. No idea why, but for 4 or 5 years of my life I called my Mother Tawny Owl on a Saturday. After I had learned to knit, develop my entrepreneurial side via sales and learnt my loyalty pledge by heart, I “flew up” to Girl Guides, with the help of some Owls (my Mother and Aunt on either side of me lifting me into the air across a make believe river aka womanhood).
My attraction to these cute Owls was very selfish. I hope you find it in your heart to make them and give them a good home as they are very personally attached to me…..
Easy Stir Together Owl Cupcakes
If you decide you like them they are made using a simple stir together cake batter that contains apple purée, so it stays moist. The decorations are so simple even a troop of brownies could achieve them, even if they had a full program on a Saturday. Do you like Oreo’s?. Good you will love them even more.
- 400 gm pie apple the cooked sliced tinned ones ( or unsweetened apple purée)
- 160 ml oil any type
- 2 eggs
- 300 gm caster sugar 1 1/2 cups
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 300 gm plain flour 2 cups
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 200 gm icing sugar mixtures ok. ( powdered sugar)
- 1/2 teaspoon dark rich cocoa this makes a nice light brown colour
- 25 gm melted butter
- 30 ml cold water
- 16 Oreo cookies large
- 16 small Oreo cookies optional
- 200 gm tiny chocolate chips
- 12 pieces licorice All sorts or other coloured flat candies for the noses
The decorations on these cupcakes were adapted from pictures on Pinterest.
Try these Apple Cupcakes too: Princess Cupcakes, easy one bowl apple cakes.