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It’ll take minutes to make one of these little menacing critters. Just dip a cupcake in a bowl of dark sanding sugar, stick on gummy red eyes, and—here’s the brilliant part—slice up some Peppermint Patties for wings. Try using a sharp paring knife to cut notches in the chocolate and mint candies. To make sure the wings stay secured, cut little notches in the cupcake and stick in the ends of the halved candy. We think these shady cakes would look pretty displayed on a festive bright orange tablecloth. Bonus points if you festoon some fake cobwebs around them too.

Kristen Evans Dittami


Credit: Joseph De Leo

Recipe Summary

5 mins
5 mins
Serves 1


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place the sugar in a small bowl. Dip the cupcake in the sugar to coat. Top with the Jujubes pieces to make the eyes.

  • Cut notches into the cut-edge of the Peppermint Patties to mimic bat wings.

  • With a sharp knife, make a 1-inch slit on the outside of each eye, inserting the knife towards the center of the cupcake at a 45 degree angle. Insert the corner of a York Peppermint Pattie piece in each slit to make the wings, pressing gently to secure.

Nutrition Facts

699 calories; fat 26g; saturated fat 16g; cholesterol 97mg; sodium 283mg; protein 6g; carbohydrates 114g; sugars 90g; fiber 1g; iron 1mg; calcium 61mg.