Brain cupcakes

February 26, 2009


Funny “Brain” cupcakes!


  • 300g (2 cups) self-raising flour
  • 2/3 cup caster sugar
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 175ml/6 fl oz buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 teaspoons good-quality strawberry jam mixed with some red food colouring to make it as bloody looking as possible

1. Preheat oven to 180°C and line a cupcake tray.

2. Sift the flour into a medium bowl, then add a pinch of salt and the caster sugar. In a jug, combine the vegetable oil, egg, buttermilk and vanilla extract. Add to the dry mixture and stir to only just combine. It will be thick and puffy. Place 1/2 tablespoonful of the mixture in each muffin hole and make an indent in the centre. Fill each indent with a heaped tablespoon of the strawberry jam.

3. Cover the jam with the remaining cupcake batter. Bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly.

Brain buttercream

  • 250grams butter softened
  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Red and Brown or Black food colouring

Beat butter in a small bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy, beat in sifted icing sugar and milk in two batches until fluffy. Add in a couple of drops of red and brown or black food colouring until a grey pink shade is reached. My black powder has a very green tinge so I used red and brown and a small amount of black at the end. Gels are better as you don’t need very much and I find that it’s easier to accidentally use more liquid colour.

Thanks for the link Sylvie 🙂


3 Responses to “Brain cupcakes”

  1. […] Are bigger brains necessarily better brains? Sometimes, yes, but not always. It’s the quality of the grey matter that counts and, of course, how you use it. For instance, Einstein had an average size brain, but had a humungous area of his parietal lobe, the part of the brain responsible for visual imagery and mathematical thinking. Women have smaller brains than men overall because we tend to be physically smaller. But that doesn’t make us dumber, we just use our noodles differently, and, some say, make better use of a smaller space. Also, the additional surface area offered by deeper folds and convolutions on the brains surface can also give the average size brain more thinking power. {via Boing Boing, brain cupcake image courtesy of Me, Myself and Meningioma} […]

  2. Forlaniz3 Says:


  3. John Says:

    Anybody who has had meningioma and can make and bake “brain cupcakes” is somebody who’s got their head together

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