Bloody Brains Cupcakes

Bloody Brains Cupcakes Recipe

Bloody Brains Cupcakes Recipe

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Prep Time:10 mins

Cook Time:15-18 mins

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Be a zombie for a day and get your teeth into some bloody brains cupcakes. Buttercream frosted brains with red brain matter sugar chunks. Much more tasty than real brains!



  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter
  • ⅔ cup (130g) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups (195g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup (60ml) milk
  • strawberry or raspberry jam


  • 2 cups (230g) icing (confectioners’) sugar
  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbsp milk or single (light) cream
  • a drop of red gel food colouring


  1. Preheat the oven to 180℃/350℉/Gas Mark 4. Line a muffin pan with 12 paper cases.
  2. Warm the milk with the butter until the butter has melted. Set aside.
  3. Whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla until thick and creamy.
  4. Mix in the milk and butter mixture.
  5. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until just smooth with no flour lumps.
  6. Fill cases until ¾ full and bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool on a wire rack. Once cool, core the cupcakes and add a tablespoon of raspberry or strawberry jam replacing the core.
  7. To make the buttercream frosting; cream the butter with the icing (confectioners’) sugar until thick and creamy. Mix in the vanilla and add 1-2 tbsp milk. Add a drop or two of red gel food colouring to colour (I used red and burgundy) don’t worry if the colour isn’t fully incorporated, the blotchy look will add to it.
  8. Pipe a half crescent on 2 sides of the cupcakes with an open nozzle tip (Wilton #10). Then pipe a continuous squiggly sausage slightly overlapping the crescents. Place in the refrigerator to firm up.
  9. To create the blood, place some liquid red food colouring in a small container and dip in a pastry brush. The pastry brush needs to be wet but not dripping wet so strain on the side of the container then with a dabbing motion repeatedly dab the colour onto the firmed buttercream frosting.
  10. (Optional) To make the brain matter chunks (yummy!) place some white sanding sugar or granulated sugar in the liquid red food colouring. Spoon out onto kitchen paper then randomly place chunks in no uniform pattern or shape on top. The chunks really add to the theme, heh!


It helps to have domed cupcakes to create the brain shape. A better way of creating domed cupcakes is to change the method in making them. Instead of creaming the butter and sugar, I whisked the eggs, sugar and vanilla almost like a meringue: thick, foamy and creamy. When baked, the cupcakes had the perfect domed top.

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  1. says

    Oh my boys would go NUTS over these!! I am with you….LOVE this time of year. Maybe I should have gone trick or treating early….all I ever got was junk candy!

    Thanks for sharing….I think we’ll be giving these a try!