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Oozing Brains Cupcake Recipe

These creepy Oozing Brains Cupcakes can be made with any flavor of cupcake (show here in a Funfetti cupcake) with vanilla buttercream frosting.

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  • 1 box cake mix (we used red dotted Funfetti)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can vanilla buttercream frosting
  • Red and black food coloring
  • A piping bag with large round tip


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.

In a large bowl, mix the cake mix, eggs, oil and water. Stir to combine and remove lumps.

Fill the liners about 3/4 of the way full with batter. Bake for 18 minutes or until tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Remove cupcakes from pan and let cool completely on a wire cooling rack.
Meanwhile, mix red and black food coloring into the vanilla frosting to create a light pink/gray color. Put frosting into the piping bag and secure the tip.

Once cupcakes have cooled, pipe one solid line down the middle of the cupcake. Then, on each side, pipe a series of squiggly lines (to look like a brain). Add some red icing gel for "blood" and enjoy!

Yields 12 cupcakes.

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