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Brain Cupcakes


Close encounters of the sweet kind are coming soon to a kitchen near you. Though you might expect frosted cupcakes to have sugary personalities, don't be fooled. These desserts have a dark side!

  • Yield: Makes 2 dozen

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Fall 2005


  1. Prepare chocolate cupcakes according to recipe. Cool completely.

  2. While cupcakes are cooling, make buttercream.

  3. To decorate, use a medium round tip (such as Ateco #12) to pipe a mound of buttercream in the center of cupcake, then outline and pipe a brain design over it.

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  • wegner
    31 OCT, 2009
    @ Alaskacuisine The human brain does not bleed very much when cut into, so adding red food coloring to the cupcake mix would not make for a more realistic look. The icing recipe did not work for me at all. It curdled when I added the butter and never recovered no matter how long I whipped it. I'm considering storebought icing or making a cream cheese icing.
  • engineeringirl
    13 DEC, 2008
    I made these for my office at Halloween time. The cake was very chocolately and everyone loved them! I followed the example and made little namecards
  • JeanneML
    31 OCT, 2008
    i just made these. well, i couldn't commit to the time to make the homemade cake itself, so i used a box, but i made the icing...IT WAS RIDICULOUSLY GOOD. i can't believe how delicious the frosting was--i usually HATE frosting!!!
  • rockycat
    31 OCT, 2008
    I used cream cheese frosting, and put streaks of red icing color inside of the icing bag to make them look a bit bloody.
  • MlleGena
    24 OCT, 2008
    Try using store brought ready made icing. The consistency is much stiffer for this kind of decorating.
  • graysonsgrandma
    21 OCT, 2008
    This just didn't work. I had to add a bunch of powdered sugar in order to make the stuff thick enough to use. Once piped on, they have to be refrigerated, because the frosting melts like butter melts when it gets warm. Tasty though. Any ideas on what I did wrong?
  • foodie133
    13 OCT, 2008
    I have to agree with Ilovecakemore, poor little goats! -roflol
  • roseetazz
    11 OCT, 2008
    Did you mean 1 cup plus 1 stick of butter? I stick is 1/2 cup isn't it?
  • Cakesthatrock
    11 OCT, 2008
    I would try Wiltons size 10 or 12 tip. I would also use a different buttercream recipe, the smbc has too much of an adult favor ( I think). I have always had good results with this recipe: 1 stick/1 cup of butter 4 cups of powedered sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp pure vanilla 4 tablespoons of whipping cream ( adding more for a thinner icing) If you want a crusting icing use 1/2 shortening and 1/2 cup of butter.
  • sdr19899
    9 OCT, 2008
    Anyone got a recommendation for which tip to use??