Life is ironic at times in how it works. I love to bake, but I hate to cook. One of my biggest enjoyments is reading the holiday magazines for new ideas on how to make this holiday season better than the last. This year is no different, and with Halloween around the corner, I am off searching for the strangest and scariest recipes I can find, and I am going to share my favorite ones with you.
Familyfun.go.com is my favorites site, because it has fantastic recipes. Before sending them off to school or getting them ready for the yearly Halloween party, I first have to test them out.
So I decided to try Family Fun Magazine’s Brain Cupcakes. Brain cupcakes sounds gross and it looks creepy, but it taste terrific.
You will need:
12 Cup cake holders
1 cake white cake mix
1 buttery cream frosting mix
Food color (yellow, green, pink, red) Number 10 round tip
I followed Family Fun Magazine’s Brain Cupcakes to the letter, except one minor detail.
1. Preparing the cake. You will want to follow the directions on the cake box. Preheat the over and add the ingredients. This is where I changed the recipe. I wanted a red cake, but I did not want to taste cherry or strawberry. So I used red food coloring to mix to give it a bloody look.
2. Frosting. While the cake is in the oven or cooling down, add in yellow, green and pink food coloring to the frosting until you get the desired look. The goal of the food coloring is to give it a brain coloring, a light orange. You are than going to put the frosting in a pastry bag with the number 10 round tip. If you do not have pastry bags, you can use a sandwich bag. With the sandwich bag, simply cut a tiny piece out of the corner.
3. Frosting the Cupcakes. Make sure the cupcakes have cooled off entirely before trying to frost the brain cupcakes. Family Fun Magazine says to start in the middle, which I did, making zigzagging down the center. Work your way to one side, and then start back in the center to finish off the other side.
Now you have Brain Cupcakes. Mine turned out really good. I did change the recipe by adding the red food coloring to the cake, but it is not something you have to do. If you want to be even more creative, you can add some strawberry or cherry jelly to the inside of the cupcake to give it an oozing look when you bite into it. You can do this by filling the cupcake holder part way, adding the jelly, and then finish filling the cupcake holder with cake mix.
While you are trying out Brain cupcakes, I will venture into more holiday recipes, and if I find anymore I like you will be sure to hear about it. Atlas, if you have more time you should check out Familyfun.go.com for more exciting recipes and crafts.