Halloween cupcakes are a total hoot when you add chocolate eyes and almond feathers. These owl cupcakes will fly off your holiday dessert table.
Tint Butter Frosting yellow; set aside. Spread the head and body of owl with Chocolate-Sour Cream Frosting, leaving a wedge-shape area for the stomach on the body unfrosted. Spread the entire unfrosted wedge-shape area with yellow frosting. Insert rows of almond slices into yellow frosting for feathers.
For each cupcake, place two chocolate chips on top of head for ear feathers. Add two white candy coating discs for eyes; attach two brown miniature candy-coated chocolate pieces to centers of candy discs using yellow frosting. Add orange miniature candy-coated chocolate pieces for a beak and four claws.
In a large saucepan melt chocolate pieces and butter over low heat, stirring frequently. Cool for 5 minutes. Stir in sour cream. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until smooth. This frosts tops and sides of two 8- or 9-inch cake layers.
In a very large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Gradually add 2 cups of the powdered sugar, beating well. Slowly beat in the 1/3 cup milk and the vanilla. Gradually beat in the remaining powdered sugar. Beat in enough additional milk to make spreading consistency. (This frosts the tops and sides of two 8- or 9-inch cake layers.)