Halloween Recipe – Brains in a Jar Cupcakes {Free Printables}

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Spooky Halloween treats always make fun party food and gifts! I’m so happy to show you this fun food idea that I collaborated with the talented Kristan on. We hope to creep you out in a fun way. Enjoy!

It’s almost Halloween, so…  Surprise!! We made you Brains in a Jar!!  Isn’t that just what you’ve been wanting?

Obviously these are not real brains (much to the disappointment of my 7 year old son), but they’re close enough and are the perfect combination of creepy and gross.  They can be put together ahead of time, and would be great for a Halloween party dessert table or class party.

Or you can do what I do and take one to your child’s teacher and say, “here’s a Brain in a Jar…and I look forward to my kid getting A’s on his work for the rest of the year…”  and give a giant awkward *WINK*.


These treats are seriously easy to put together.  You’ll need:

  •  Small jars –I buy a box of half pint canning jars at Walmart, but you can buy bigger ones if that’s what suits your fancy.
  • Seedless Raspberry Jam–Because blood doesn’t have seeds in it, mmmkay?
  • Pink cake–I used strawberry but you could color white batter if you prefer.  I baked mine in a large jelly roll pan so it would be thin, but you could bake it in 9 x13 or do cupcakes and cut them in half.
  • Frosting–I made my own using THIS easy recipe.  Just add a few drops of pink and a tiny drop of black to get that pinky grey color.
  • Piping bag fitted with a #5 round tip  (You can buy these at Michaels or Walmart)

Once your cake is cooled, cut a circle of cake the size of your jar.  I used a round biscuit cutter, but you could also use another jar or a small glass.

Spoon some raspberry jam over the cake, covering the surface and making sure it reaches the edges of the jar.

Put some frosting in your piping bag.  Hold the bag at a 90 degree angle and squiggle the frosting along the edges of the jar.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, just squeeze and make a zig zag motion along the inside of the glass.

Halloween Recipe- Brains in Jar Treat

It should look like this.

With a smaller glass or cutter, cut a piece of cake small enough to rest in the center of the “brain frosting”.  Place the piece of cake in the middle.

Halloween Recipe- Brains in Jar Treat

See?  That way you don’t go hurting your hand trying to pipe frosting all in the center.


Holding the piping bag at a 90 degree angle again, loosely squeeze frosting all over the top of the cake.  Just let it squiggle all over.

Halloween Recipe- Brains in Jar Treat


It should look like a gross brain in a jar.


Halloween Recipe  Brains in Jar Cake | Free Party Printables | Living Locurto

Isn’t that totally disgusting?


But it tastes good, I promise.  I even tried a few one for quality control.


All that is left to do is attach the cute free printable tags that Amy designed!!


Halloween Recipe Brains in Jar Cake | Free Party Printables | Living Locurto

How easy and cool is that?  We practically did all the work for you!!


Halloween Brains in a Jar Free Printable Tags

Free Party Printables - Halloween Brains in Jar Labels

Download the Free Party Printable Tags here:

Halloween Brains in Jar Labels & Tags


We hope you are disgusted by these in a good way.  Enjoy your Halloween!!



Kristan is a fun mom from rural Arkansas with an amazing talent for creating cute recipes along with humorous stories. Find her on Confessions of a Cookbook QueenTwitter Facebook.

About Amy Locurto

Amy is a creative mom of two and graphic designer. When she's not working on Living Locurto, she's busy designing Printable Party Supplies and working on I Heart Faces, her photography blog. Find Amy on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Instagram.


  1. Annita M. Escobar says:

    What a cute and fun idea!!!

  2. I have made Halloween preserves for many years and sold them in grundy mason jars with cool labels: "eye of newt", "creepy spiders" , " vial of lost souls"… and the most popular "Abby normal" brains… a real hit.

  3. You can bake the cake in the bottom , in the jar , it cuts out the need to cut into anything smaller !

  4. I won’t let me click on the tags to print.

  5. Thanks for the great idea! I’m going to put mine in clear disposable cups. Going to take them to a party at a park and we can’t have glass

  6. LOVE THESE Thanks Kristan and Amy

  7. So great, just shared these in my Halloween Recipes post.

  8. Just found this and it will be PERFECT for my daughters Monster High Birthday party. I am making foods that each Monster High Dolls loves and Brains is on the list. thanks so much!

  9. Deborah Montagna says:

    I can not wait to try these!!!!! Such fun!

  10. Love this! Adding it to my collection of gory/zombie foods. My daughter is going to love this on our next zombie movie night. Also posted on my site =)

  11. Laura(wr) says:

    These are fantastic! Definitely pinning these for later use.

  12. Hi! I am a brain tumor survivor who is a miracle. I should not be here but I am. Thanks be to GOD! I used this idea to bring a treat into my Neurosurgeon’s office today when I was having my latest MRI results interpreted. He loved it@ Every time I go into his office for a check up, I try to bring some ‘brain’ treat, so this was a hit. Thanks for sharing! I also posted it on my blog : http://www.bussjessica.blogspot.com

    Thank you again.

  13. Miosotistar says:

    The perfect party favor for my 7 year old’s Plant vs Zombie’s birthday party. Thanks for sharing!

  14. How did I miss this? Brains in jars… #nom http://t.co/plFBkOi1

  15. E para a sobremesa… CÉREBRO! http://t.co/H0rMXj41 …ok, é só um bolo.


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