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Bat Wing Cupcakes with Royal Icing Wings

Take a bite out of these royal icing Bat Wing Cupcakes, before they take a bite out of you!

You’ll be glad you did because they’re BATtastically delicious, and not at all threatening to make. Let me show you how.

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The ingredient list for making Royal Icing Bat Wing Cupcakes:

  • confectioners sugar 
  • meringue powder 
  • almond extract
  • light corn syrup
  • black gel food color 
  • butter
  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • vanilla paste or extract
  • egg
  • all-purpose flour salt
  • baking powder
  • mayonnaise
  • milk
  • cocoa powder
  • royal icing eyeballs
  • sprinkles 

**Important Note – There are four components to making these Royal Icing Bat Wing Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting. Since the royal icing bat wings and the candy eyeballs take time to completely dry, please plan accordingly and start those elements at least 4 days before assembling the cupcakes.

The four components in making Royal Icing Bat Wing Cupcakes are as follows:

  • Make the royal icing bat wings and eyeballs 4 days in advance.
  • Make the cupcake batter and bake.
  • Make the buttercream frosting.
  • Assemble the royal icing bat wing cupcakes.

Who in their right mind would want to take the time to make these cupcakes?

  • LOL. Good Question!
  • Someone who wants a bit of a baking challenge.
  • Someone who likes to surprise and delight people with fun food creations.
  • Someone like YOU, and ME!
  • Someone slightly BATTY!

The instructions:

  • In a large bowl, blend together softened butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, mayonnaise, egg, vanilla, and milk.
How to make Royal Icing Bat Wing Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting photo tutorial - kudoskitchenbyrenee.com
  • Add the cocoa powder, espresso powder, salt, all-purpose flour, and baking powder to the bowl and blend until incorporated and smooth.
  • Line 8 cupcake wells with liners.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the 8 cupcakes.
  • Bake at 350-degrees for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Set the cupcakes aside on a wire rack to cool completely.
  • In a large bowl, blend softened butter with vanilla until creamy.
  • Add confectioners sugar and a splash of milk.
  • Blend until thick and creamy.
  • Add black gel food color to the frosting until you reach your desired color.
  • Spoon the buttercream icing into a piping bag that has been fitted with a Wilton 1M tip.
  • Pipe the buttercream icing in rosette form (starting in the center and working out to the edge of the cupcake), and subsequently build the frosting up so it’s high enough to accommodate the royal icing bat wings.
  • Gently and carefully press two bat wings into the icing.
  • Sprinkle the top of the buttercream frosting with black sprinkles (if desired).
  • Add royal icing eyeballs.
  • Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
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Yield: 8

Bat Wing Cupcakes

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Take a bite out of these Royal Icing Bat Wing Cupcakes, before they take a bite out of you! You'll be glad you did because they're BATtastically delicious, and not at all threatening to make.

Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
drying time 4 days
Total Time 4 days 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

To make the royal icing and eyeballs;

  • 6 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • warm water
  • black gel food color

To make the cupcakes;

  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

To make the buttercream frosting;

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk, more if needed
  • black gel food color

Instructions

To make the royal icing bat wings and eyeballs - Must dry for 4 days, so plan accordingly.

  1. Mix the royal icing ingredients in a large bowl. Remove 1 cup of white icing and set aside. Add the warm water sparingly. The icing should be thick, but not too thick. Use the water to thin the icing for piping as needed.
  2. Use cardboard to draw out two bat wings approximately 3" in length and 1½" in width. Cut with scissors.
  3. Color the largest amount of royal icing with the black gel color until you reach your desired shade of black. Spoon the outline icing into a piping bag, zip-top bag, OR parchment triangle.
  4. Trace 16 wing shapes onto parchment paper. Flip the paper and pipe the outlines of the wings. (watch video)
  5. Thin the more black icing with water to achieve the flood icing. Flood each of the outlined bat wings and use a toothpick or paintbrush to flood the entire wing evenly. (watch video) 
  6. Set the wings aside to air dry for 4 days in an uninterrupted place
  7. For the eyes; pipe white dots onto parchment paper. Pipe black royal icing dots into the white dots to form the eyes. Allow to dry completely for 4 days.
  8. **Note - the eyeballs may be kept indefinitely by storing in a cool, dry place in an airtight container.

To make the cupcakes;

  1. In a large bowl, blend together softened butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, mayonnaise, egg, vanilla, and milk.
  2. Add the cocoa powder, espresso powder, salt, all-purpose flour, and baking powder to the bowl and blend until incorporated and smooth.
  3. Line 8 cupcake wells with cupcake liners. Divide the batter evenly between the 8 cupcake liners.
  4. Bake at 350-degrees for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Set the cupcakes aside on a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the buttercream frosting;

  1. In a large bowl, blend softened butter with vanilla until creamy.
  2. Add confectioners sugar and milk. Blend until thick and creamy.
  3. Add black gel food color to the frosting and blend until you reach your desired color.
  4. Spoon the buttercream icing into a piping bag that has been fitted with a Wilton 1M tip.
  5. Pipe the buttercream icing in rosette form (starting in the center and working out to the edge of the cupcake), and subsequently build the frosting up so it's high enough to accommodate the royal icing bat wings.
  6. Gently and carefully press two bat wing into the frosting.
  7. Sprinkle the top of the buttercream frosting with black sprinkles (if desired).
  8. Add royal icing eyeballs.
  9. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1 grams

Amount Per Serving Calories 992Total Fat 34gSaturated Fat 19gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 103mgSodium 468mgCarbohydrates 171gSugar 162gProtein 2g

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Valentina | The Baking Fairy

Wednesday 10th of October 2018

These are bakery-worthy, Renee! So pretty!

Renée

Friday 12th of October 2018

Thank you, Valentina!!

Karen

Wednesday 10th of October 2018

These are amazing Renee! Always so talented.

Renée

Friday 12th of October 2018

Thank you so much, Karen!

Christie

Monday 8th of October 2018

Those bat wings! AWESOME! These cupcakes are so fun.

Christina

Monday 8th of October 2018

These are absolutely adorable and perfect for Halloween! The kids love them!

Renée

Monday 8th of October 2018

Glad to hear it. Thank you!

Claire

Sunday 7th of October 2018

I got so distracted reading all the scrummy sweet treats that I almost forgot to comment! I have the wings drying in my pantry at the moment. Can't wait to assembly these cookies for my sons Batman themed birthday party!!!! As soon as I saw these I knew they would be perfect. Thank you for a perfectly timed recipe and the video so much help for someone not confident with icing.

Renée

Sunday 7th of October 2018

These will be awesome for a Batman party!!! Brilliant idea!

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