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No Brainer Brain Cupcakes

Updated on February 7, 2015

Brain Cupcakes Are a No Brainer

Making cupcakes for a last minute party is easy with cake mix, pudding and whip cream. For the cooks who make everything from scratch, you may have gasp with the mention of cake mix. After all, making a cake from scratch is easy to do.

I love to cook and make many recipes from scratch, even without a recipe to follow. However, there are times when a cake mix simplifies a hectic day. When my child was younger, often the school or group that she belonged to needed a dessert. This she volunteered for me to make and told me the night before.

These no brainer cupcakes are simple enough for even the novice cook to make.

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Scary No Brainer Brain Cupcakes - Eat Them If You Dare

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  • Eggs
  • water and oil according to the back of the cake mix package
  • 1 package of chocolate cake mix
  • Few drops of red food coloring for cake
  • 1 (3.4 oz. size) package vanilla instant pudding
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 -cup milk
  • 2 cups whipped topping (Cool Whip or store brand)
  • 2 drops red food coloring


  1. Directions for Cupcakes:
  2. 1. Preheat oven to 350F. In a 24-cup non-stick 3.5 oz. muffin / cupcake pan, Place the cupcake paper lined cupcake liners into the pan.
  3. 2. Mix the eggs, water and oil in the cake batter according to the directions on the cake mix package. Add a few drops of red food coloring to give it a reddish look.
  4. 3. Spoon cake ingredients into the 24 lined muffin cups (about 3/4 full).
  5. 4. Bake at 350F. for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the centers. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove to wire racks to completely cool.
  6. Directions for Topping:
  7. 1. Beat the instant pudding, sugar and milk in large bowl with a wire whisk for about 2 minutes. Blend in the whipped topping and add the red food coloring.
  8. 2. Spoon topping in a pastry bag with a fitted round tip. Begin with the center of the top of the cupcake, zigzag the topping mixture in a pattern that resembles the brain. Work your way out to the outer part of the cupcake tops.
  9. 3. Refrigerate no brainer brain cupcakes until ready to serve.
5 stars from 2 ratings of No Brainer Brain Cupcakes

Needed From the Kitchen

Thunder Group 24-Cup Muffin Pan

Thunder Group 24-Cup Muffin Pan
Thunder Group 24-Cup Muffin Pan
Seriously, it is a no brainer that to make cupcakes you need a good 24-cup muffin/cupcake pan. The Thunder Group 24-Cup Muffin Pan is made of heavy professional made aluminized steel to guarantee even heat distribution to all your baked goods. Dishwasher safe and oven safe sturdy baking pan.

Cupcake Aprons


More From the Kitchen

Wilton 100-Pack Disposable Decorating Bags

Wilton 12-Inch Disposable Cake Decorating Pastry Bags, 100-Count
Wilton 12-Inch Disposable Cake Decorating Pastry Bags, 100-Count
Decorate those cupcakes with fancy flowers and other pretty items. That is if making a brain topping cupcake is too scary for you.

ollapsible Cupcake and Cake Carrier

Progressive International BCC-1AZ Cupcake Carrier, 24, 2 Layer, Red
Progressive International BCC-1AZ Cupcake Carrier, 24, 2 Layer, Red
Easy to carry and easy to transport those cupcakes that you made to the party.

Fun Eyeball Cupcakes

Mix away some cupcakes today

Measuring Cup Set

OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Angled Measuring Cup Set, Black
OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Angled Measuring Cup Set, Black
A good measuring cup set is a must to make sure that you have used the right amount of needed ingredients to your recipe.

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