Ghoulishly Delicious Bloody Brain Cupcakes for Halloween


Blood and brain cupcakes – where ghastly meets yummy all in the name of Halloween baking fun!

Get your bake on this Halloween and create these ghoulish brain cupcakes with a simple piped icing piping and a sweet raspberry coulis. So easy, you don’t need supernatural baking skills to pull them off. Even the kids can do it.

Let’s get our brain baking game ON!

Halloween Blood Cupcake Recipe

Cupcake ingredients:

  • ¾ cup + 2 tbs plain flour
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • ¾ tsp McKenzie’s Baking Powder
  • ¾ tsp McKenzies Bi-Carb Soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup boiling water

Butter cream icing ingredients:

  • 250g unsalted butter, softened
  • 5 cups pure icing sugar
  • 2 tsps vanilla essence
  • 4 tsps full cream milk

Raspberry coulis ingredients:

  • 125g raspberries
  • 1 ½ tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp water


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C conventional or 160°c fan-forced. Line 12 x 1/3 cup capacity muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  2. Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Add the sugars and stir to combine.
  3. Add the egg, milk, oil and vanilla and beat until combined. Add the boiling water and mix until just combined.
  4. Pour the batter into each patty case until ¾ full.
  5. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until cake skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool.
  6. To make butter cream icing:​ Beat butter with icing sugar using an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla essence and milk until smooth, adding extra milk or icing sugar if necessary.
  7. To make raspberry coulis:​ Place raspberries, sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for several minutes. Remove from heat, puree and chill.
  8. To decorate: ​Pipe butter cream onto each cupcake in a swirling pattern. Drizzle the cooled coulis over the butter cream to resemble dripping blood.

CHEAT TIP: If you don’t want to bother making your own raspberry coulis, just grab a bottle of good old Cottee’s strawberry topping!

A dozen Halloween blood drizzled cupcakes, the perfect brain food! In the mood for some more spooky baking? Try our cute bat cupcakes.

This is an original McKenzie’s recipe.

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South Australian mum and self proclaimed foodie, Lexi can most days be found in the kitchen, apron tied firm and armed with a whisk or wooden spoon!

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