The Best Wisconsin Badger Cupcakes: A Recipe for Fanatic Fans

The Best Wisconsin Badger Cupcakes: A Recipe for Fanatic Fans

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Are you a fan of the Wisconsin Badgers? Do you want to show your support for your favorite team with some delicious cupcakes? Well, you’re in luck! In this blog post, we will teach you how to make badger-themed cupcakes that are sure to please any fan. Whether you’re tailgating at Camp Randall Stadium or watching the game from home, these badger cupcakes are sure to give you a boost of energy and spirit! Let’s get started!

How to Make Wisconsin Badger Cupcakes: A Recipe for Fanatic Fans

Badger Cupcake Ideas

Today, Miss Sarah starts college. She’s too young to be on campus, so has to go through the online program but she is currently the youngest UW badger at the age of 9! You can read more of her story on her site: Sarah Lyn Gay

In honor of that incredible accomplishment, I have a very fun cupcake today: one for any UW Badgers.

Why are the University of Wisconsin students called badgers?

Well, back in the 1800s when Wisconsin was still a territory, miners came to work in the lead mines near Dodgeville. These miners were called badgers because they lived in burrows underground. When they came up for air, their faces were covered in dirt and they looked like badgers!

The University of Wisconsin got its start as a mining school, so the badger nickname stuck. And now, over 150 years later, UW students are still known as badgers!

Badger Cupcakes Recipe

This is a pretty straight-forward chocolate cupcake that we top with our custom-made badger face. No worries – we walk you through all of it!

Chocolate base cupcake Ingredients: 

  • 1 3/4 C Flour
  • 2 C Sugar
  • 1 C Cocoa Powder
  • 1 1/2 TSP Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 TSP Baking Powder
  • 1 TSP Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 C Whole Milk
  • 1/2 C Oil
  • 2 TSP Vanilla extract
  • 1 C Boiling Water
how to make these adorable badger cupcakes

Badger Cupcakes Tutorial: 

Line the cupcake tins with paper liners and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together.

In a separate, smaller bowl add the eggs, whole milk, oil, and vanilla.

Add the bowl containing the eggs, whole milk, oil, and vanilla to the bowl holding the dry ingredients. Mix all together until fully incorporated then beat for 3 minutes on medium.

Slowly add the boiling water starting with a small amount then pour in the remaining boiling water. No worries if the batter seems a little runny.

Scoop batter into cupcake-lined cups until 3/4s filled and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before taking them out of the cupcake pan placing on a wire rack until completely cooled.

Vanilla Frosting

We wanted a white frosting to be the base that lets the badger face topper really stand out.

Frosting Ingredients: 

  • 1 C soft unsalted butter
  • 4 + C powder sugar
  • 4 TBSP heavy whipping cream
bucky badger cupcake

Frosting Directions: 

Cream the butter and powder sugar until it looks light and creamy. If it doesn’t cream add several drops of the heavy whipping cream until it creams.

Pro tip: Test to see if the frosting can form and hold a stiff peak by taking a spoonful of frosting and turning the spoon upside down. If the frosting stays on the spoon it is ready if not then add more powder sugar 1/2 C at a time and make sure to mix well.

Place a piping bag into a large glass and fold the sides of the bag over the rim of the glass. Scoop the vanilla frosting into the piping bag. Bring the pastry bag edges up and twist them together to start decorating.

Add a 1 mm star tip to your gray bag.

If you don’t have a piping bag, try a plastic bag with the tip snipped off. Frost the cooled and filled cupcakes.

Start the frosting on the outside edge of the cupcake working to the center of the cupcake.

close up of bucky badger cupcakes

Badger Cupcakes Topper

We use Roya icing to make these sugar-based Badger Faces

Royal Icing: 

Icing Ingredients: 

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 C powder sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • Red and black gel food coloring

Icing Directions: 

Combine all ingredients but your food coloring in a mixing bowl mixing on medium speed for 4 minutes.

Pro tip: If icing is not stiff enough add 1/4 C powder sugar.

Divide the icing equally into three bowls.

  • With icing in bowl #1, add several drops of red gel food coloring. Mix well.
  • With icing in bowl #2, add several drops of black gel food coloring. Mix well.
  • The icing in bowl #3, remains white.

Put the icing into small pastry bags and a #2 tip for each.

go badgers cupcakes

Badger Cupcakes Decoration:

This is where your art skills come in – you can do this with ANY picture, as long as you aren’t selling these and using their trademarked name.

I went to Google and looked for a UW Badger logo. Print the individual picture of the UW Badger in color. Tape this picture with lots of individual small images of the logo onto a cookie sheet.

Tape wax paper over that so you are covering the copies of the logo to the cookie sheet.

Use those small pastry bags for each color of icing!

Start by outlining the logo first in black. Fill in the Badger face with more black gel food coloring. Following the guidelines as outlined in the picture leave the white areas untouched with the black icing. After allowing the black icing at least 30 seconds to dry fill in the open space with white icing as outlined. Outline and fill in the collar in red last.

Set these aside and allow them to dry for four or more hours.

When they are dry, Place the Badger face logo in the center of your frosted cupcakes.

ready to serve university of wisconsin cupcakes


Easy Badger Cupcakes

Use a dressed-up boxed cake mix.

How do you store Badger Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.

You can make all parts of this in advance and then assemble on the day you want to serve them. The longer you wait to eat them, the higher the chances that your Badger faces will get mushy where they sit in the buttercream frosting.

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