Creepy Brains in a Jar Cake treats make the perfect Halloween food! Get how-to recipe instructions, plus free party printables.
Brains in a Jar Cake is the perfect Halloween food!
Spooky Halloween treats always make fun party food and gifts! I’m so happy to show you this fun Halloween 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!!
Download the FREE Halloween Brains in a Jar Cake Tags
Download the Free Party Printable Tags here–> Halloween Brains in Jar Labels & Tags ©2017 LivingLocurto.com – For personal use only.
Download the Free Party Printable Tags here–> Halloween Brains in Jar Labels & Tags
©2017 LivingLocurto.com – For personal use only.
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.
- 1 Box Strawberry Cake Mix
- 1 cup water
- ? Cup Vegetable Oil
- 3 Large Eggs
- 1 Jar Seedless Raspberry Jam
- 1 Stick Butter, room temperature
- 8 oz. Cream Cheese, room temperature
- 2½ c. of Powdered Sugar, sifted
- Black Food Coloring Gel
- Pink Food Coloring
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Fill muffin tins with cupcake liners.
- In a mixer blend cake mix, water, oil and eggs for a few minutes.
- Fill cupcake liners ⅔ full of cake batter.
- Bake 19-23 minutes. When a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, your cake is done. Cool 10-15 minutes.
- Make frosting by whipping butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar until fluffy.
- Add one drop of black food coloring and 1-2 drops of pink food coloring. Keep adding drops until you get a yucky grayish pink color of brains.
- Assemble your brains in a jar cake by placing a cupcake inside of a half pint mason jar.
- A a large spoonful of raspberry jam over the cake, covering the surface and making sure it reaches the edges of the jar.
- Put some frosting in a piping bag with a #5 round tip 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.
- Cut small pieces of another cupcake and place in the center of the "brain frosting".
- Holding the piping bag at a 90 degree angle again, loosely squeeze frosting all over the top of the cake.
- Place lid on the jar and add the Brains in a Jar Printable Tags and serve.