Halloween Bloody Brain Cupcakes
This is a really fun way to decorate your cupcakes for halloween.
1 recipe Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes
1 recipe American Buttercream
Red food coloring to taste
Black food coloring to taste
1 cup seedless raspberry jelly
Medium-small round piping tip
Medium-large piping tip
Small round piping tip
Disposable piping bags
Use the back of a clean piping tip to core the center of the top of each cupcake, leaving a small indent for the jam. Reserve the cake taken off the top.
In a small saucepan or in the microwave, briefly melt the jam and mix in a teaspoon or so of water to thin it out.
Pipe or spoon about a tsp of jam per cupcake into the indents of the cupcakes and cover the jam with the reserved cake pieces.
Color your buttercream with black and red to reach a gross, brainy, off-white color.
On top of the covered jam, pipe a small mound of buttercream in the center of each cupcake. Use your medium large tip for this.
To make the brain design, use your medium-small tip. Pipe a D shape starting with a vertical line down just right of the middle (going over the mound you piped in step five.) Holding your tip slightly higher than normal helps. Turn the cake 180° and repeat with the vertical line of the second D splitting the center with that of the first. Fill in the hole created by each D with squiggles of icing.
Using a small round tip, pipe on remaining jelly to resemble blood to taste.