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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
Brain Cupcakes

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.

Reviews (19)

  • Rita Bakke 9 Sep, 2012

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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!

  • 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??

  • dobeandschnauzers 8 Oct, 2008

    YOU ARE SO FUNNY!!!!!!!!!

  • annbraden 8 Oct, 2008

    A little peach or copper gel paste food coloring gives these a creepy fleshy color. More gross, more fun!

  • Alaskacuisine 8 Oct, 2008

    One could also make chocolate cupcakes with some red food coloring added...
    Then dip walnut 1/2's in white chocolate.... dry them to harden the brained shell.
    and place them onto the cupcake with some chocolate frosting.

  • purplegal 8 Oct, 2008

    Yeah, the gel would help. Otherwise, they look more like walnuts!

  • ladybleak 8 Oct, 2008

    Try adding a little of red food gell over the top for a little more realistic look

  • foodstylist 8 Oct, 2008

    How inspired and SIMPLE! I'm going to try these, tinting teh sicing green for Franken-brain cupakes. My boys will love them!

  • Gussiecat 27 Sep, 2008

    I made these to celebrate my husband completing his Ph.D., and they were a hit! Hilarious. Also, not very difficult to decorate for the results.

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