Spooky Halloween treats always make fun party food and gifts! I’m so happy to show you this fun food idea that I collaborated on with the talented Kristan Roland. We hope to creep you out in a fun way by these Brains in a Jar Cake. Enjoy! ~ Amy
It’s almost Halloween, so… Surprise! We made you Brains in a Jar Cake!! Isn’t that just what you’ve been wanting? Obviously these are not real brains (much to the disappointment of our sons), but they’re close enough and are the perfect combination of creepy and gross.
These fun cupcakes 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*. Anyway… These treats are seriously easy to put together.
- Small jars — I buy a box of half pint canning jars, 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 x 13 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, Walmart or here on Amazon for about $1.)
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.
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.
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.
It should look like a gross brain in a jar.
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!!
How easy and cool is that? We practically did all the work for you!!
Halloween Brains in a Jar Cake Free Printable Tags
Download the Free Party Printable Tags here: Halloween Brains in Jar Labels & Tags
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We hope you are disgusted by these in a good way. Enjoy your Halloween!!
Watch Amy make these creepy Brains in a Jar Cake on Youtube.