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Brain Cupcakes in a Jar Recipe

These creepy Brain Cupcakes in a Jar treats make the perfect Halloween party food! Great dessert recipe idea for a zombie or Halloween party.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Halloween Food
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Amy Locurto



  • 1 box Strawberry Cake Mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 cup Seedless Raspberry Jam


  • 1 stick Butter room temperature
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar sifted
  • Black Food Coloring Gel
  • Pink Food Coloring
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  • 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 2/3 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.
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