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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.

Photo Credit: Photobucket and Sandyspider with bloody gore.

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 and Pastry Bags, 100-Count
Wilton 12-Inch Disposable Cake Decorating and 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.

Fun Eyeball Cupcakes

Mix away some cupcakes today

Measuring Cup Set

OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Angled Measuring Cup Set
OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Angled Measuring Cup Set
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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    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Susie, it may be fun to make these any time just for fun.

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      Susie Lehto 

      4 years ago from Minnesota

      This is a hub I have missed before. I think this is a good idea for a spooky Halloween treat for those who love to go all out. Oh, the thought of eating brains though! Oooooo!

    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      peachpurple Nice play on words. But most children can take scary.

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      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wow, this cupcakes looks scary for kids, they would rather pass it to mummy, thanks for the idea

    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Margaret Schindel , Great idea with the cherries. Make them extra special.

    • Margaret Schindel profile image

      Margaret Schindel 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Sandy, these look easy and fun and they're not so scary that kids wouldn't enjoy them. I'm thinking that injecting them with a thick puree of maraschino cherries might make a suitably gooey faux blood filling. :)

    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Brite-Ideas, Yeah it really is a no brainer. Pun intended.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      hahahaha, love these! have to add this idea to my party board! hilarious

    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Totally by the punch bowl full of eyeballs.

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      5 years ago

      I love the look of these cupcakes, and they sound delicious, too! I can totally see them sitting next to a punch bowl full of "eye balls" and some other cool zombie-inspired treats. Nice job!

    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      MartieG It will be Halloween before we know it. Good tasting treats are part of it.

    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      esmonaco Easy is always good. Fun to make and a conversation piece as well.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

      5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      What fun for Halloween! Thanks for some good ideas

    • esmonaco profile image

      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      5 years ago from Lakewood New York

      These seem easy enough for even me to make, I just may have to give it a try. Thanks, nice recipe :)

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      7 years ago

      Those are hilarious!!!!! And they look yummy too.. even if they are shaped like brains :0 )

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      Donnette Davis 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Precisely what my kids do, volunteer ME to do all sorts of weird and wacky things lol...

      Delicious looking cupcakes, well worth a try...

      Liked & Blessed x

      (You might like to add this lens to October Blessings )

    • Grandma-Marilyn profile image


      7 years ago

      Cool cupcakes. I think using a cake mix is just great.

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      Tracey Boyer 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      These are really cute. Thanks for sharing.

    • PaulWinter profile image


      7 years ago

      Congratulations for getting a purple star on this lens. Well deserved

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Very cute idea for Halloween! Congrats on a well-deserved purple star!

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      7 years ago

      These cupcakes look so cute!

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      7 years ago

      Mmm... brains. Thanks so much for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

    • Joy Neasley profile image

      Joy Neasley 

      7 years ago from Nashville, TN

      These look and sound great. I am going to have to give them a try.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Very cute! They look very brainlike.

    • queenofduvetcover profile image


      7 years ago

      Too cool! You can add some red strawberry jam in the center, to mimic blood. ;)

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      Hannah Writes 

      7 years ago

      What a great idea to bake for my twins class parties!

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      7 years ago

      Love these! Thanks for sharing!

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Great cupcake idea and lens title! Made me smile.

    • NicoleDean profile image


      7 years ago

      Oh my gosh! These are hideous and gross and awesome! I bet my kids would love them!

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      Wendy Leanne 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Ewww. They look so gross that I had to bless this lens. Ha! =)

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Cute idea for those who aren't too grossed out to eat them, which means most boys would devour them and ask for more.

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      7 years ago

      A perfect marriage of delicious and gross. Happy Halloween 2012!

    • roamingrosie profile image


      7 years ago

      lol - very cute idea for halloween!

    • DecoratingEvents profile image


      7 years ago

      These would be awesome for a Halloween party! Thanks for sharing!

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      7 years ago

      What a cool idea :) Sure I'd dare to eat them :)

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      Faye Rutledge 

      7 years ago from Concord VA

      Well, these are certainly easy enough, and icky enough for Halloween, too!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      What an awesome and easy Halloween cupcake idea!

    • LisaDH profile image


      7 years ago

      That is a great (gross!) idea for Halloween. I think I'm going to make some this year to go with our 3-D skull cake.

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      Lisa Auch 

      7 years ago from Scotland

      hehe....these are fabulous!

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      7 years ago

      I love it! What a great idea! VERY clever!


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