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Bat Cupcakes

Even my adult children love these Halloween cupcakes! We serve them every year at our pumpkin-carving party. You can also make them with the fudge stripes on their wings facing up for variety. —Joyce Moynihan, Lakeville, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (16 ounces) chocolate frosting
  • 24 fudge-striped cookies
  • 24 milk chocolate kisses
  • White decorating icing


  • Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions for cupcakes. Cool completely.
  • Spread frosting over cupcakes. For bat wings, cut cookies in half; insert two cookie halves into each cupcake.
  • Gently press chocolate kisses into frosting for heads. Add eyes with decorating icing.
Editor's Note
Decorative cupcake liners can be found at
Nutrition Facts
1 cupcake: 284 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 249mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • bonito15
    Aug 10, 2016

    Now these are adorable and my grandkids thought they were so special - they do have already prepared eyes at WalMart which I used - less work - great idea-very fun

  • Queenlalisa
    Oct 27, 2014

    These are so adorable and so easy! A cute idea that I will make again and again. Thanks for the idea!

  • BigDuck40
    Sep 11, 2012

    Made these for my son's 2nd grade class last year, and they were a huge hit! They were easier than I thought and absolutely worth the effort.

  • kaskas
    Oct 27, 2010

    Made these with my 9 year old for her birthday and they were so easy and great. Just break the cookies. We even made them with vanilla frosting and had the stripes showing with the face.

  • bscherping
    Nov 4, 2009

    I made 92 Bat cupcakes for our local school. They were a hit!! Bev from Mn

  • joycerm53
    Nov 2, 2009

    Hi, This is my recipe!  I used a very sharp paring knife to cut the cookies in half.  It helps to cut them from the front. A few do break but those are fun to eat! I agree, the cookie does take on moisture from the cupcake and the cookie gets soggy. If this bothers you, make them right before eating. Remember- it is a cupcake!! It doesn't have to be perfect!!! Just have fun!!! Good luck! Joyce  

  • silaygirl
    Nov 2, 2009

    Hi, I also tried to make this recipe but could not get the bat wings to look perfectly without cracking the cookie. How did others make it to work? Curious, what other type of cookies can you use without breaking it? Adorable bat cupcake but my son got frustrated and we decided not to use bats instead we used the cupcakes as "Witchy-ies" and I added the witchy hats. The children loved them just the same. Pls share your experience and share some tips on how to make these bat wings perfectly for future use. Thank you!

  • warrenwoman58
    Nov 2, 2009

    I found this to be a cute way to do cupcakes for Halloween. However, I do not understand how the person got the scalloped look without breaking the cookie. And you must serve them soon or the "wings" will be soggy.More detail needed in recipe directions in making the face etc.

  • joannsmith
    Oct 26, 2009

    its real cool

  • castlek
    Oct 30, 2008

    All of us pitched in to make these for the school Halloween parties. Super cute. A lot of work, but darling to look at.