Oct 052014
 

Easy Halloween Treats Brain Cupcakes

That cold snap in the air followed by pumpkins appearing in grocery stores and aisles of costumes ranging from adorable cartoon characters to questionable nurses wearing short skirts and fishnet stockings can only mean one thing – Halloween!

Autumn is approaching and so is one of the holidays Americans will spend billions on when it comes to decorations. According to a consumer reports and retailers, in 2013 shoppers spent a total of $7 billion on costumes, home décor and party supplies. Halloween spending is second only to Christmas. (Link to consumer report via NPR:  http://www.npr.org/2014/09/03/345575950/the-business-of-halloween-means-you-can-buy-an-arm-and-a-leg)

You can save yourself some cash and stress with these easy, fun and affordable Brain Cupcakes that will please any ghoul at school or ravenous haunted houseguests.

You Will Need:

*Your favorite cupcakes, cooled and ready to be iced

*1 tub (per dozen cupcakes) of white-hued frosting

*Cupcake wrappers (You can buy them or create your own with construction paper.)

*Piping Bag

*Red food coloring

Brain Cupcakes Collage

To Create Brain Cupcakes:

1.  Mix one drop of red food coloring into your chosen white icing. If you’d like a deeper pink color, continue adding drops one-at-a-time until you have the desired brain-pink hue. (Don’t be afraid if it isn’t thoroughly mixed and you have deeper-colored ribbons running through the frosting. It will look more realistic!)

2.  Using a spatula, transfer brain-pink frosting into your piping bag.

3.  Snip the tip of the bag. Depending on the size of your cupcakes, you will need to adjust the size of the cut.  Start with a small test ribbons and trim more off until you rich a thick-string consistency.

4.  Start squeezing a solid line down the center of the cupcake making sure you continue in a smooth line.

5.  Begin a zig-zag pattern in thick, tubular strings to avoid a ribbon appearance. Continue in a solid pattern until you have filled half of the cupcake.

6.  Repeat steps 4 and 5 on the remaining un-iced half of the cupcake.

7.  Chill the cupcakes and then place them in the wrapper sleeves or leave as they are.

Get the kids involved in the fun. Have them cut strips of construction paper and color in skeletons for DIY cupcake wrapper sleeves.

Easy Halloween Treat  Brain Cupcakes

  172 Responses to “Easy Halloween Treat: Brain Cupcakes”

  1. These look delicious and such a cute idea and easy to make.

  2. Wow, these cakes look really scary but I believe that they are very tasty! It will be interesting for kids to deal with them 🙂

  3. Those are so stinkin cute. I love how they came out.

  4. These are so awesome. I am going to try to make these with my youngest granddaughter as I am teaching her how to cute. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Those look so cool – I really love thos skeleton cupcake holders! xoxo

  6. These are really neat looking. I will have to try them.

  7. Love these and totally pinned to try for the girls now 🙂

  8. I seen you posted this on facebook. They are totally CUTE!! My Daughter is always looking for Halloween ideas.

  9. Such an adorably spooky idea for a children’s Halloween party! Might have to give these a go! Thank you x

  10. Wow, those are actually kind of amazing! A perfect Halloween trick and treat!

  11. Very simple and cute. The cupcake holders are over the top. I’ve never seen anything like these.

  12. Son saw these cupcake while I was reading and was all like mom we got to make these. Guess i’m making brain cupcakes this weekend.

  13. Wow! Great job on these! You need good, steady hands to make them that perfect! Lovely!

  14. These are so cool, my boys would love them. I wish my frosting looked as good as yours!

  15. Those are so creative! I saw so many fantastic cute Halloween ideas today at target actually. There is no end to fun baking ideas!

  16. This looks so fun to make! Haven’t done some cupcake in a while so this might be the one I end up making with my son.

  17. Those cupcakes rock! And I really want those wrappers. They are too cool!

  18. These are way too cute. My kids would love to make these.

  19. These are adorable. I love those pinkish brains! Where did you get those skeleton cup cake holders? 🙂

  20. These are absolutely the cutest Halloween cupcakes I have seen! Adorable!!

  21. These are adorable!!! I want to make them for our halloween party. gonna send post to my sister. Love them!

  22. These are so great and something even I may be able to handle without watching a few episodes of “Cake Boss”. I am not blessed with baking skills but I like this idea and they would definitely go with our baby shower theme!!!! Thanks I love these pinning them.

  23. These looks so eekky.. but they seem delicious!! 🙂

  24. Those are super cute! And they look delicious, maybe I’ll have to make them for the Halloween Potluck this year.

  25. Those came out really cute, and they actually look like something I could pull off! I love those cupcake wrappers!

  26. This is such a cute recipe. I may have to give this a try.

  27. Those are so cute. Finally a way to decorate with icing that I could actually do. Now to find the cupcake holders and make sure my youngest will not be afraid of them. I am sure even if he is that he will still eat them!

  28. oh these are super cool! I may just try this one out!

  29. Those are super fun and look so easy! Kiddos especially will enjoy thinking they’re eating “brains” 🙂

  30. Those cupcakes are adorable! You did a great job with the frosting, and I love the DIY wrappers.

  31. Those are fun! I got cupcake holders a long time ago that had cool wrappers. I’m trying to think what they were now. Isaak took them to preschool as a treat.

  32. That is such a cool idea! I love the cupcake wrapper.

  33. That is creepy in the best way! Very cool Halloween idea.

  34. What a creative and fun way to frost cupcakes – and so easy too. Love crafts and snacks that are simple and yet make a statement. – katy

  35. Wowza! These look SO good. My boys would go absolutely nutty over these.

  36. You did a great job on these. I love the “brain” frosting. I don’t think I’d have steady enough hands to do that.

  37. These are a must! Love them. My boys would get a kick out of these. Thanks for sharing.

  38. Wow, these look amazing! I hope you are hosting some type of Halloween get together, these would be a big hit!

  39. wow you are really good at piping – I stink at it! Looks like you have a nice gentle hand!

  40. I have never seen this idea before for a cupcake. I love that it’s something different. They came out perfectly too!

  41. Those are very ickily cute. I know my kids would love them. 😉

  42. What a clever idea & so inexpensive. I will be adding these to our Halloween treat table,

  43. These are super cute and look simple enough that I could pull them off for school party.

  44. These are so cute! I love the cupcake wrappers so much. Very creative!

  45. Ha, ha, ha… those are just awesome. I love the wrappers, super-unique… and the cupcakes; how cute. Love them

  46. Anyone who knows me knows I love a creative recipe, and this is a great one. From the DIY cupcake cups to the brain frosting – I just love everything about this.

  47. Very intersting! I never thought to make brains out of icing before.

  48. These are popular every year. I see the kits on sale right now at Walmart for $5- well worth it for an activity the entire family can get involved in!

    • I agree. Projects like this are a great activity around Halloween. It’s so much fun to get the whole family in on it.

  49. Super cute! I love all things Halloween!

  50. They really do look like brains. These are gross in a good way and the only way I’d ever eat brains!

  51. These are so fun and yummy. I will have to make for the goblins!

  52. Those are so fun! I love the cupcake wrapper.. makes it even better. Thanks for sharing how to do this.

  53. Awesome idea and so easy too. Just what I like!

  54. great work, these are so cute and festive.

  55. These are awesome and such a simple treat too. I love when the cupcake holders do half the work for me 😉

  56. They look awesome (and horrible!!!). Thanks for sharing!

  57. How fun. They look amazing. I bet the kids love eating them.

  58. These are deliciously gross. I absolutely love it!

  59. These are too stinking cute! I love those cupcake wrappers, great idea!

  60. I love how creative these are! These would be perfect for the annual Halloween get together I have with my friend. We always try new Halloween sweets every year!

  61. These are great! I love how easy they are to make and look fantastic!

  62. Oh my gosh! Those are just too cute! I will have to make some soon!

  63. haha how cute are these!? We are having a Halloween party this year for my nephew (who was born on Halloween!) and I think I’m going to have to give these a try, I’m sure to kids will get a kick out of them!

  64. These are adorable Robin! My son would absolutely love them. He is all about brains (spoken in zombie voice). 🙂

  65. Oh man those are awesome.. i am going to show my daughter and see if her and my wife can make these.. they are really cool!

  66. Oh gross, that looks absolutely disgusting! I LOVE IT! ~hehehehe~ Great idea and thanks for sharing.

  67. Holy crow! Those are adorable! I know my kids will love making these!

  68. Cool idea and pretty easy to make. Who’d think something so simple could be so creepy?

  69. What a really cool idea! These are so unique and I know a ton of kids that would get a kick out of them! You are very talented!

  70. Those look great. I love the cupcake holder.

  71. Those are fricking awesome. Would be a hit for my kids.

  72. These are so cool. I can not wait to try making them. They will be a hit for sure.

  73. Oh my word! Those are awesome! Will have to make these with the kiddos.

  74. Okay, this idea is beyond genius! LOVE this! Looks easy enough for even me to do.

  75. Seems like a fun Halloween treat. My son would like making something like this.

  76. These are TOO cute! Love those cupcake wrappers!

  77. We do not celebrate halloween but we are doing anatomy for our homeschooling science this year, these would be fun to make for that class.

  78. Those are so cute and would be perfect for any Halloween party. They look easy enough that I might be able to actually make them!

  79. Those are hilarious! The kids would love the spooky factor at our Halloween party for sure. We’ll have to try these. 🙂

  80. My boys would love these! They’d pretend to be zombies and eat the brains!

  81. Very cute cupcakes! Love the whole brains idea for sure!

  82. These are so cool! Thanks for the directions! I might give these a try.

  83. I love the way you use the icing! I’d also love to know where you got those wrappers, they’re awesome!

  84. That is such a fun treat. I love the look of it.

  85. Oh these are great! My son is going to go crazy over these cupcakes!! Love them!

  86. These are awesome! My man-child husband would love these. I say man-child with the utmost love. 😉

  87. That is such a fun idea! Spooky and delicious. Great combo

  88. Those cupcake wrappers are wicked awesome. And the icing looks pretty easy to do.

  89. Cupcakes are great any time. The brains make them so much fun!

  90. Thanks for the tutorial – these are perfect for Halloween parties. I hope I could ice them as well as you did!

  91. These are so cute. They are just the right mix of cute and gruesome. I love it!

  92. Oh my goodness! Those are so creepy, perfect for Halloween.

  93. Wow! I would have never thought to do a cupcake like this but they look perfect! So real and spooky!!

  94. These are absolutely adorable! I’ll have to try these for the boys. They will get a kick out of them.

  95. These are awesome! Every year we get together for a Halloween dinner after trick or treating, I definitely think I’m going to try these out. My boys are obsessed with zombies so they should seriously love this!

  96. My kids would love these cupcakes. What a great idea and I love the cupcake cups!!

  97. Those are so awesome, and they go perfectly with the cupcake liners. My boys would flip for these. They are up for anything gross.

  98. I love those cups, and the brain frosting is great. I’ll have to make these this year for my daughter.

  99. You are very talented. Mine would look nothing like that. I would be a Pinterest fail!!

  100. These are adorable, my kids would love them. They seem easy to make too, big plus!

  101. These would be fun for a party with older kids. My littles would run screaming! Nice baking cups!

  102. Yummy treat for halloween! I love it, very sophisticated design and a little bit creativity makes it madly beautiful!

  103. Whoa, that’s awesome! I love those cupcake wrappers!

  104. I don’t know if I’d have a steady enough hand for the icing work. They look amazing!

  105. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! This is a perfect addition to my party spread! Thanks 🙂

  106. this is so awesome! simple steps I can do it with my little boy! yay so excited for Halloween. Thank you for sharing!

  107. Bet your boys loved eating these. Spooky and fun!

  108. Wow, these cupcakes look so fun and delicious.

  109. I love these! Halloween is the best and these would be adorable for school.

  110. Oh those are really fun! I absolutely love Halloween!

  111. OMGOSH! These would be sooo cute at a class party or even with my co-workers! Thanks for the instructions, they do look simple enough to try…let’s see how I do! 😉

  112. These are definitely super cute and holiday ready!!

  113. My girls would love these cupcakes! Time to start baking 😉

  114. This is super cute yet easy! With just a different piping design it really looks brainish!

  115. Oooh these look easy enough to do and I think the boys would get a kick out of them!

  116. These are the coolest thing. I need to get these holders and make them.

  117. This looks super cool. I really love it!

  118. Ha! Love these! My daughter would love them, too!

  119. Those are so neat – my sn would love those for Halloween!

  120. Woah! These look awesome!! I love the idea of coloring in cupcake covers but I’ll be on the lookout for some skulls like the one you pictured or other heads if I find them.

  121. Oh my gosh they are amazing! What a spooky cupcake treat 🙂 x

  122. This are so clever! My daughter would love them!

  123. Ahhh! How cute! My 5yo and I made cupcakes last night and we will be decorating them after school today! Sadly they won’t be this adorable, as I would SO mess up the brains but SO cute and look yummy!

  124. Those are so cute! I’m thinking of getting into the Halloween mood sometime soon. These will be on my tables to celebrate.

  125. These are the cutest little cupcakes! I am going to have to make these for my boys! Thanks for the idea.

  126. Now that, Robin, is super clever! And it doesn’t gross me out, which I would think brain cupcakes would.

  127. You are so clever. I love the brain cupcakes and am surprised by how easy that looks – even I might be able to do it.

  128. These cupcakes are spooktacular!!!!!! 🙂 I love how they came out.

  129. These are really cute and I will have to try making them for Halloween. I love the design of the frosting.

  130. What a creative idea…and they turned out so great! Very spooky!

  131. These are so cute! And I could mess them up and I could just say zombies got to the brains, lol.

  132. So creative! I love it so much! This will definitely be on my number 1 list of things to prepare this Hallow’s eve! Thank you! 🙂

  133. Those are so cool! My son would have so much fun eating them. Wonder if I can find the cupcake wrappers or construction paper with skulls here…

  134. These look like so much fun. Hubs and kiddo would love them.Pinned to my “Pin All the Cupcakes” board.

  135. Oh how fun! My little KJ (the chief) wants to try this now!

  136. These are amazing and very creative. I might just have to recreate these for my own party!

  137. lol – those are some really cool cupcakes! My nephew would love if I made some of those for him.

  138. That’s really cute! I also love how easy it looks to do, and I do NOT do baked goods! 🙂

  139. Those would be such a hit at a Halloween party! I know they’d be a hit with my son and his friends.

  140. That looks so cute and it’s so easy even I could do it! =-)

  141. Those cupcakes look so delicious! The brains I’ll pass on but give me two of the rest.

  142. I love this idea! They are so cute!

  143. I can’t wait for Halloween to come! These cupcakes are so creative and look like a lot of fun to make.

  144. These are spooktacular! I love Halloween and all of it’s fun with the creative food and costumes.

  145. I saw these on Pinterest and absolutely pinned them!

  146. Super cute idea! I bet these would be awesome for a kids class party!

  147. Thanks for the simple how-to on the frosting. I’m totally making some this year…with a cherry pie filling center! LOL

  148. those looks so cute. now i really want a cupcake.

  149. I love these! What a clever idea! Takes some brains to think of these. HAHA!! Couldn’t resist!

  150. These cupcakes look awesome and would creep anyone out. It looks like a lot of work but it is so simple and quick. I am going to do it for Halloween.

  151. Such a great idea!! I love the cupcakes wrappers!

  152. What agreat and easy idea! Perfect for my sons Halloween party at school!

  153. Ha! Those cupcakes are awesome! Perfect for a Halloween treat at school.

  154. OK, these looks so cute! Creepy but looks yummy. Great idea Robin 😉

  155. OMGosh love love these!!!! They turned out great.

  156. those cupcakes are soooo hillarious :)…looks like fun to make…I hope I have enough energy to try baking them 🙂

  157. These are so cute girl! I would love to make some of these! Thanks for sharing.

  158. These look so cute it’s ridiculous! I may have to make some of these myself for Halloween.

  159. These look so perfect, I would totally pinterest fail these for sure! This would of gone great for my son’s “zombie” theme cupcakes he wanted for his birthday.

  160. Looks cute though the thought of it made me feel eeky.. hahaha I bet they tastes so good! 🙂

  161. How fun are these? My daughter would get a charge out of making these!

  162. What a fun idea for Halloween. I think my son would really get a kick out of these. I might have to make them for the kids.

  163. Very cook idea and it is so simple to do. I will have to pin it for future reference.

  164. Can I come hang at your place when you’re making all these cupcakes?? Pleez?

  165. These are SO adorable! I’ll definitely make them for my Halloween party!