Owl Take a Chance

My oldest child turned 10 this past May and was excited to have a birthday party with her friends. She is very much into the Harry Potter craze and has been reading the books for the past year. I don’t know much about Harry Potter (not my preferred genre), but I know it has an owl in it and she likes owls so I ran with it as the theme.

I found these ADORABLE owl cupcakes on Pinterest. I was under the impression they would be simple. I did not take the original picture that is featured on the site and I’m not sure if I can share it on here, so I’ll refrain. Let’s just say the owl cupcakes are supposed to resemble the picture attached to this post, but cuter. Much, much cuter.

First off, I’m not sure how big the cupcakes were in the original post’s picture, but the “eyes” and such fit much more comfortably than they did in my kitchen. I had the hardest time trying to keep all the items on top of these stupid cupcakes.

Secondly, how did this person separate the Oreo cookies so cleanly? I only wasted 15 sets of these things trying to get one set of eyes. I am just going to assume I got a faulty bag. It’s definitely not user error, right?!

Once I finally got the M&Ms and Oreos placed, I patted myself on the back for this cupcake creation that “SLIGHTLY” resembled an owl. Then, this happened:

What. The. Crap.

That little guy melted faster than a popsicle in an Alabama summer. I was so aggravated at this project. I used almost all of the frosting on only a few of the 24 cupcakes trying to keep everything in place. I ended up scrapping the poor, melting “owl” cupcake and took the successful cupcakes to the party. Unfortunately, only two made the cut.


My daughter had one of the owl cupcakes and gave her best friend the other one. The rest of her friends had the non-owl cupcakes and, wouldn’t you know, I didn’t hear a single complaint. My daughter would have been perfectly happy with the plain cupcakes had I decided to forego the owl idea entirely. I think that it is us, the parents, that usually put more pressure on ourselves than necessary for birthday parties. To be honest, children just expect sugar at birthday gatherings. I don’t think the form that it takes is that important to them.

The cupcake mix came from a box and the icing from a plastic tub (because her birthday was smack dab in a crazy time of the school year), but I’ll leave you the directions on how to “fashion” the owls. Good luck!!!

Owl Faces

  • Oreos
  • M&Ms (brown and orange)
  • patience (big heaping loads of it)
  1. Separate the Oreo cookies by gently twisting the two pieces in opposite direction. Separate them according to the ones that come off with frosting and the ones that come apart “clean”.
  2. Take two of the brown M&Ms and put a tiny amount of frosting on the back of each and attach one to one of the frosted Oreos
  3. Take two of the frosted Oreo cookies with M&Ms and place them on the cupcake next to each other.
  4. Cut or snap one of the “clean” Oreo cookie pieces in half and place above the “eyes” at a slight angle to act as the owl’s eyebrows.
  5. Press an orange M&M firmly into the cupcake vertically and centered underneath the two “eyes”.
  6. Use your patience to tweak them however they need to be tweaked to work properly.

24 thoughts on “Owl Take a Chance”

  1. Oh I have so been there, thinking a pinterest project should be a snap and then…. I’m glad I’m not the only one! The ones that worked look adorable! I think it is true that our kids just want something yummy for their birthday parties. If it was me I might have just eaten all the oreos myself though. šŸ˜‰

    1. I think there’s actually a website because there are so many Pinterest fails. I’m glad to know I’m not alone! If I could eat chocolate I would have definitely made use of the leftover ones. Although, I can definitely put away some vanilla Oreos!

  2. Priceless!! That’s brilliant. Couldn’t be any worse than any attempt that I would make. I don’t even try anymore. Thanks for putting a smile on my face. Nicely written post. šŸ™‚

    1. I have one more attempt and then mine may be over. I’m planning to make a three layer cake for my son’s birthday on Friday. Pray for me! haha Thank you so much!

  3. Those are adorable! Even a bit messed up, LOL! Sounds like my adventures with Pinterest. The two final ones are fantastic, and the non-owl ones look tasty too!

    1. Thank you! My daughter was very pleased with the two that made it. And the others were tasty! I managed to sneak one. šŸ˜‰

    1. I thought I remembered hearing that! Sadly, I have a few craft fails as well. I could likely populate that page more!

  4. I think the owl cupcakes are adorable, but I love how your kiddo proved that even the simple things are perfect! Honestly, all of my pinteret attemps have been pinterest fails (even the recipes).

    Happy Belated Birthday to your daughter!

  5. Adorable! Good for you for trying. I see these masterpieces all the time, and I’m never brave enough to do it.

    Kimberly Love, Author, kimmilove.com, Author of upcoming novel You Taste Like Whiskey and Sunshine, facebook.com/kimmilovetheauthor, twitter.com/kimmiloveauthor, Instagram/kimmiloveauthor

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