For fun owl cupcakes that are sure to be a HOOT during the holidays, check out this idea from Better Homes & Gardens!
Use your favorite white or yellow cupcake recipe or mix and bake accordingly.
Following my example photos below, frost the cupcakes with chocolate and then a yellow frosting (which I brilliantly made using a white frosting with yellow coloring. You have to take food science courses to become an RD. That's about the extent of the challenges.) Add white SweetTarts for the eyes, halved orange M&M's for the feet, a whole orange M&M for the beak, and sliced almonds for the feathers.
Then dab a little yellow frosting in the center of the eyes as pictured. Special guest appearance made by The Husband here! He helped! Place a gold M&M in the center for eyes. Don't have gold? Use brown. (Moment of silence now for the loss of the original tan M&M's. #candynostalgia #kindgergarten1989.)
Now, I was really determined to decorate these little owls perfectly like I was Martha Friggin Stewart. I had made a special trip to a candy store on Boylston for the candies, which I had warded off The Husband from eating all week. And, though you might know I'm a writer and a poet, an artist through using skilled hands I am not, exemplified if you've ever seen my handwriting. Frosting these little owls was wicked hard. I was almost getting frustrated enough to bite their little faces off. But I persevered. Which is why I was especially disappointed when I realized we didn't have chocolate chips for the owls' ears, which the BH&G recipe calls for.
...The reason we didn't have the chocolate chips is because... I ate them. ...All of them. The whole bag. In less than a week. I had told myself I'd save enough for the ears, but then when I realized I'd probably eaten more than I should have to save enough, I reasoned I could just swing by the store and get more... But when I swung by the store, they were clean out.
There's a moral in there, somewhere. Anyway, the Trader Joe's semi-sweet chocolate chips are delicious, FYI.
When I expressed my disappointment about the missing ears to The Husband, which I think came out in bitter sadness as something like "I'll never be Martha!" and self-directed anger as "the price is WRONG, witch!", The Husband consoled me and then radically surprised me. Using his lifetime of videogame playing, which included countless hours of Angry Birds, no doubt, The Husband picked up the sliced almonds and showed me how to make the owls' eyebrows, improving upon the BH&G owls. The Husband saved the day! Ingenuity > Perfectionism!
So, next time you feel the masochistic need to spend half a day decorating scary little predator bird cupcakes, you have the instructions. My advice: go to a bakery. Your friends will be none the WISEr, nor will they give a HOOT.