Use Peppermint Patties to create these cute Black Cat Cupcakes for your Halloween party or any cat-themed event like a cat adoption or birthday party.
The image that comes to mind when I think about cats at Halloween is very cartoonish. I imagine a cat perched on a white picket fence with a full moon behind him in the dark night sky. He's just finished eating a fish he found in a back alley garbage can and he's howling and hissing as someone from an open window yells for him to "shut up."
I spent too many Saturday mornings watching cartoons as a kid, I guess.
So, when I set out to design these Halloween cupcakes, I couldn't get that vision out of my head.
I wanted these kitties to look as though they were a part of that scene from the cartoon.
To do this, I nestled some Peppermint Patty Black Cats on chocolate cupcakes topped with a big swirl of chocolatey black frosting and surrounded the little cakes with white picket fence cupcake wrappers. Now that they looked like they were perched on a fence, I placed a fish carcass in their paws to complete the look.
Each of these Halloween cupcakes brings the imagined cartoon to life and better yet, tastes great. So, let's make some cute cat cupcakes.
- chocolate cupcakes frosted with a big swirl of thick black frosting - I colored Wilton Chocolate Frosting with black food coloring to make my frosting.
- fun-size Peppermint Patties
- black candy melts, melted
- mini Peppermint Patties
- white jimmies (sprinkles)
- jumbo pink heart sprinkles
- ½-inch candy eyes
- pink heart sprinkles
- white candy melts, melted
- black M&Ms
- parchment paper-lined baking sheet
- food-use-only paintbrush
- optional, picket fence cupcake wrappers
- zip-top bag
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Dab a bit of melted black candy melts onto the back side of a mini Peppermint Patty.
Press the mini Peppermint Patty onto a fun-size Peppermint Patty so it's along one edge.
Dab a dot of melted black candy melts in the middle of the mini Peppermint Patty.
Attach 6 white jimmies to that dot of candy melts creating the cat's white whiskers.
Use tweezers to arrange the whiskers so they are shaped nicely.
Attach a pink sprinkle nose over the whiskers where they come together. Add two candy eyes above the nose.
Brush two black triangle ears onto the parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
Set a Peppermint patty on the bottom edge of the wet candy melt ears.
While the candy melts are wet, attach pink sprinkles to each chocolate ear.
Pop the chocolate cats into the freezer for 1-2 minutes so the chocolate ears will harden.
Pour melted white chocolate into a zip-top bag and snip off one tip.
Pipe fish bones onto the parchment paper.
You want each fish carcass to have three bones, a head, and a tail. Repeat, making enough fish bones for all of your cupcakes.
Freeze the white chocolate fish bones for about 2-3 minutes just until hardened. Peel them off the paper.
Now, you will assemble the black cat cupcakes. You'll need 1 Peppermint Patty Cat, two black M&Ms, 1 white chocolate fish bone, a picket fence cupcake wrapper, and a cupcake with a big swirl of black frosting.
Place one Peppermint Patty cat on the front side of the swirl of black frosting. If the frosting isn't firm enough, you can add a Pockey Stick into the frosting behind the cat. This will hold it in place.
Attach one black M&M below and on each side of the cat. Then press one white chocolate fish carcass in between each M&M paw.
These chocolate cat cupcakes look super cute when served in a picket fence cupcake wrapper.
- Find melting instructions for the candy melts on my Chocolate Making Tips page.
- To make the black frosting, start by using chocolate frosting and adding the coloring. Otherwise, you can stir cocoa powder into the white frosting then add the coloring. If needed, thin out the frosting with a bit of water.
- You need a good stiff frosting so that it holds a nice swirl. I love using Wilton's Ready to Use Frosting. They taste great and hold a nice swirl.
- If your frosting won't hold up the chocolate cats, insert a chocolate-dipped Pockey Stick into the frosting and set the cat up against it.
You might also enjoy making these other Halloween cupcakes. Be sure to also check out all of my Halloween recipes and see more black cat recipe ideas below the recipe card.
Watch the video to see how to put them together.
- 12 Snack Size (.6 ounce) York Peppermint Patties
- 2 ounces black candy melts, melted
- 12 Mini York Peppermint Patties
- 12 jumbo pink heart sprinkles
- 72 white jimmies sprinkles
- 24 - ½ inch candy eyes
- 24 small pink heart sprinkles
- 1-2 ounces bright white candy melts, melted
- 12 baked chocolate cupcakes topped with a big swirl of black colored chocolate frosting
- 24 black M&M's
Unwrap peppermint patties.
Brush a small amount of melted black candy melts on the back of each mini peppermint patty and attach one to each larger peppermint patty.
Dab some black candy coating in the center of the mini peppermint patty and arrange 3 white jimmies on either size to create the cat's whiskers and add a jumbo pink heart in the center on top for the nose.
Use black candy coating to attach two candy eyes to each peppermint patty.
Brush two triangle shaped ears onto a parchment lined baking sheet and set the peppermint patty cat over the bottom edge.
Immediately set 1 small pink heart sprinkle up against the peppermint patty on top of each candy ear.
Let the candy ears harden before moving your peppermint patty cats.
Pour white candy melts into a zip top bag, snip off one tip, and pipe 12 fish carcasses onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Freeze for 3-5 minutes.
Remove and peel the fish carcasses off the paper and flip over so the smooth side faces out.
Assemble the cupcakes by wrapping each cupcake in a picket fence cupcake wrapper.
Then press one peppermint patty cat on the front near the top of the frosting swirl.
Press one black M&M on either side of the frosting swirl below the cat head to create the paws.
Attach one fish carcass to the frosting swirl in between the two candy paws.
You might also like these other fun Black Cat Treats and Recipes...
Candy Filled Black Cat Cookies • Backside Black Cat Cookies
Snack Cake Cats • Peanut Butter Fudge Filled Cat Pops
Flourless Chocolate Cake Halloween Cats • Reese’s Cup Cats
Cheese Ball Cat • Caramel Apple Cats
Chocolate Truffle Cat Pops • Spooky Cat Cheesecake