sweet owl cupcakes

owlcupcakes_hellonaomi How adorable are these owl cupcakes from Hello Naomi! They are perfect for our owl couple baby shower theme or for our owl fun sleepover birthday party theme with a few color tweaks.

Naomi doesn’t provide instructions, so I’m going to give you a few tips on how I think you can pull this one off without the use of fondant. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 white cake mix (don’t use the yellow of your eggs and bake them in white baking cups)
  • 2 cans icing {cream cheese is my favorite!}
  • Gel food coloring {the others are too watery in my opinion}
  • 2 resealable bags
  • 2 icing connectors
  • #2, #3 and #6 icing tips
  • Toothpicks

And here’s what you do:

  1. Bake your cupcakes so that you have a muffin top (filling the cups ¾ way full).
  2. While they cool, tint your icing. The image shows a light pink which works great for our owl fun sleepover birthday theme, but you might want a nice yellow for our owl couple baby shower theme… unless you want to show off the gender! {wink}
  3. Now, microwave your tinted icing in intervals of 7 seconds, stirring in between, until it is a little bit like soup. It will harden back up quickly so you’ll have to remicrowave it between every other cupcake or so.
  4. Take your cupcake and dip the muffin top in the icing, being careful not to get it on your baking cup. Slowly lift it out and spin the cupcake allowing the excess icing to drip off. Place it immediately on a cooling rack to allow the icing to dry. (Tip: If you have a little point in your icing where the last dripped off, quickly, and gently, shake your cupcake back and forth so that the icing will settle before it dries.)
  5. Now for the owl, tint a half can of icing the color you want your owl to be and set aside.
  6. Take a resealable bag, insert a connector and attach a #3 tip. Fill the bag with half of the tinted owl icing.
  7. Outline the shape of the owl on the cupcake.
  8. Change your tip to a #6 and pipe on your branch and dot leaves.
  9. Now to fill the owl, microwave the remaining icing, minus a heaping tablespoon for the eyes and noses, and carefully fill the owl outline. Smooth the icing to the edges with a toothpick. (Tip: Plastic icing bottles are great to control spilling, but you can do it with a spoon if you’re very careful.)
  10. Allow the owl to dry completely.
  11. For the outer eyes and nose, take another resealable bag with a connector and a #2 tip. Pipe your circles and triangles on each cupcake and then microwave the remaining icing to fill them in. Once dry, use the bag with the #6 tip and pipe the inner eyes.

For presentation, I love a tiered cake plate, but if you’re fresh out, buy some coordinating gift wrap tissue paper and line your serving tray. And if you have a pair of scalloped scissors to trim the edges, all the better.

Happy baking!

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owls are in

owls I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know when I say owls are in. Who knew they could be so cute! They’re on tote bags, t-shirts, lunch boxes, and now our invitations. 

This Friday, February 20, we’re launching two new designs:

  • Owl Fun – whooo’s having a birthday? I think I love the blooming flowers as much as I love the too cute owl.
  • Owl Couple – look whooo’s having a baby! Couple baby showers are all the rage these days so I simply couldn’t resist having a mommy and daddy owl too.

As always we would love to know what you think about these two new designs. You can post a comment or send us an e-mail at ideas@celebrationshoppe.com.

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owl-cookies

These are sooo fun and could be perfect for a campout party.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 roll (18 oz.) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 20 whole cashews
  • 1/2 cup chocolate frosting
  • 1 cup M&M’s Peanut Chocolate Candies
  • 2 cookie sheet pans
  • Plastic wrap paper
  • Resealable plastic bag

And here’s how you make them:

  1. Divide the sugar cookie dough in three pieces. Knead the flour into one piece of cookie dough until smooth, set aside. Combine the remaining two pieces of cookie dough and knead in the cocoa powder until smooth, set aside.
  2. Roll the lighter colored cookie dough into a 1-inch round log about 10 inches long, and move it off to the side. Roll out the chocolate cookie dough on a lightly floured surface to a 10 x 4-inch rectangle. Place the light colored log of cookie dough on top of the chocolate rectangle. Wrap the chocolate cookie dough completely around the lighter colored log. Pinch edges to seal and roll the log smooth. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut the cookie log into 1/4-inch slices. Place 2 slices, side by side, on sheet pans. Press a cashew into cookie at the point the slices touch. Repeat with remaining cookie slices. Bake for approximately 8-11 minutes, or until cookies are just beginning to golden. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  4. Spoon the chocolate frosting into a resealable bag and snip a small corner from bag. Using the photograph as guide, pipe eyelashes and a dot to secure candies. Add the M&M’s for eyes.

Thanks brightideas.com!

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Owl cupcakes These owls were so much fun to make and easy enough for little helpers. Here’s what you need:

  • Brownie mix (we used puree apricots in the place of egg and filled the cups ¾ full)
  • Oreo cookies
  • M&Ms (replace with Skittles for egg and dairy free)
  • Cashews
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Cream cheese icing

While your brownie cupcakes are cooling, tint your cream cheese icing orange and divide your Oreo cookies (we removed the white filling, but you could leave it). Next, ice each cupcake, apply your cookies face up, sprinkle the top of the cupcake with chocolate sprinkles to resemble feathers and add the cashew as the hooked nose. Finally, using a toothpick, place a small amount of icing on the back of the M&Ms and apply as the owls eyes.

(Tip: Oreos tend to get soggy when not kept in airtight containers. Plan to ice and decorate within an hour or two of serving.)

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