How to Bake Black Bat Cupcakes

One of the best things about Halloween is the excuse to make spooky treats and food. And bats are synonymous with Halloween, dark, mysterious and able to scare many a normally placid person. Black bat cupcakes are a fun and easy way to add a spooky touch to your Halloween party table.

Servings: Approximately 24 cupcakes


Cupcake mix:

  • 1 1/2 cups (190g) self-rising flour
  • 1 1/4 cups (160g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups (400g) sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup (240 ml) milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 5 cups (600g) confectioners sugar (icing or powdered sugar), sifted
  • 1 cup (230g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk
  • Orange and black food colors (to make orange and black frosting)
  • Orange and black sprinkles (optional)
  • Black fondant (or black candy bats)


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    Preheat oven to 350ºF or 180ºC.
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    Line two 12 capacity (standard) muffin pans with cupcake papers.
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    In a small bowl, intermix the flours. Set aside.
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    In a larger bowl, soften the butter until it is smooth. Add the sugar slowly and purée until it is frothy, for about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, whipping well after each supplement.
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    Insert the dry ingredients in 3 parts, mixing with the milk and vanilla. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are mixed well in.
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    Carefully ladle the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them about 3/4 full.
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    Let the mix bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let it cool before frosting.
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    For frosting part, place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Add the sugar and then the milk and vanilla. On the medium speed of an electric mixer, purée the mix until smooth and creamy, about 3 to 5 minutes.
    • Divide the frosting in half. Add a few drops of orange food coloring to one half and black frosting to the other (if you wish) and blend well.
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    When entirely cooled down, frost the cupcakes. The frosting looks best if you use half and half––one side of the cupcake orange frosting, the other side black. Frost in this manner, or simply frost with a single color if that is easiest.
    • Decorate with black and orange sprinkles. This step is optional.
    • Make black fondant bats. To make, cut out a small template of a bat design using thin card. Roll out the fondant and cut around the shape 24 times. Alternatively, use a small cookie cutter in the shape of a bat.
    • Place the black fondant bats onto the cupcakes. They can either sit flat or you can poke them in one end and make them stand up.
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    Arrange the black bat cupcakes on a stand for display. A few bat toys can be added to the display for more effect.
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  • Red frosting or raspberry jam can be used as blood, to suggest that the bat has just had a meal...
  • The fondant bats can be substituted with black candy bats if you can find some.
  • Another alternative to fondant or candy bats is to simply pipe bat shapes onto the top of the first layer of frosting. Use an orange or yellow frosting background, then pipe an outline of a bat onto each cupcake, using black frosting. If you have the patience, you can fill in the whole bat.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 standard 12 capacity muffin pans
  • Cupcake papers
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Mixing implements
  • Frosting applicator
  • Display stand for cupcakes

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