Braaaaaains (Cupcakes)!

Your Halloween dessert table is sure to be the talk of the town with these “bloody” good brain cupcakes!

  • Author: The Simple, Sweet Life
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


  • 12 cupcakes
  • 2 cups frosting
  • Red food gel coloring
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tbsp baking cocoa


  1. Color your frosting pink and spoon about half of it into a piping bag with a small round tip. Use the remaining frosting to frost your cupcakes with a dome shape.
  2. With the tip of an offset spatula or butter knife, make a line down the center of your frosting (this will be the center line of your brains).
  3. Pipe a winding pattern of frosting on each side of the center line to create the brain wrinkles.
  4. No two brains are alike nor are they perfect, so play around with this part. Just be careful not to push down too much while you’re piping because you don’t want to flatten down the frosting wrinkles.
  5. In a small bowl, stir together your corn syrup, baking cocoa, and a few drops of red food coloring. Drizzle or dip the tops of the cupcakes with the corn syrup “blood.”
  6. Serve immediately (the corn syrup “blood” has a tendency to slowly run so the cupcakes will look less bloody the longer they sit).


  • Remember, no two brains are alike, nor are they perfect. Play around with your brain wrinkle pattern until you get a look you like. Don’t be afraid to scoop the frosting off and start over if you’re not satisfied.
  • Because the “blood” has a tendency to slowly run off the cupcakes, you can increase the amount of time it takes by freezing the cupcakes until the frosting is hard (about 5 minutes) before drizzling.


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