Halloween Bleeding Brain Cupcakes

You guys, I know I know, these cupcakes don’t exactly look like brains. But I did my best with the tools I had at home. I don’t have a million piping tips because I would only use them once every 3 years. But if you are looking to make some better looking brains, here is a great instructional video! But come on, this is by far the most creative I’ve ever been in cooking or baking. Like, ever. Bleeding brains? Adorably gross! You could use this Raspberry Caramel on anything and call it bleeding ____. You’re instantly creative like me then. Do it, just do it!

You know when you have one of those days that involves multiple fits of screaming in your car? I do. I had one of those days. It started off with a dream. In my dream, I got in a car accident and was thrown from the car. I woke up from the small scream I let out. So whatever, I move past it, make some coffee, eat a muffin. Then when I decide to leave the house for the gym, I back out of my garage as usual, watching each mirror in the tiny garage I lay my car in at night. But guess what happens? Oh you know what’s about to happen. I smack a mirror. Not all the way off. But enough to send pieces flying. So what do I do? Scream “F*******ck” then pull forward and what happens? I run over the pieces that just broke off. So guess what I do? Scream “F*ck F*ck f*ck f*ck” while slamming on the steering wheel then I go about my day pouting like a mother f*cker and eating cupcakes. At least I know how to turn a sh*tty situation around. This is what I get for buying a midsize car after having a 2 door Honda Civic my entire life and having a garage the size of a tea cup. Get your life together, Juli, use your effing eyes.

You know what people can’t be trusted? The people who don’t use curse words. I think of those people as the people you see on Dateline special. I said “AF” in a post the other day and a person told me she was unfollowing me since I was no longer a decent site. B*tch, please. I need you to do two things for me before you leave my site: 1. Grow up 2. Check yourself in before you become a dateline special. A good “f*cking f*ck” here and there is good for the soul. Don’t cover it up with some fudge word. You’re an adult. You can do this. Don’t be a murderer. Murderers hold curse words in. Do you understand what I’m saying about a Dateline special person now!?!

No one told me that Million Dollar Baby was the most depressing movie of all time. No one. I finally saw it for the first time over the weekend and sadness has not left me.

Guess what? I’m about to book my flights to Jamaica for our wedding! Colors chosen, wedding dress in hand (needs to be altered still)….wait, that’s all I’ve done. If I book tickets then I’m done planning, right? Totally right!


Halloween Bleeding Brain Cupcakes

  • Yield: 10-12 cupcakes 1x




  1. Make the cupcakes then let cool completely.
  2. While the cupcakes cool, make the raspberry caramel then set aside to cool slightly, but stay warm.
  3. Then make the buttercream. Once the buttercream is whipped, place in piping bag and frost cupcakes into a brain shape (this is a great, short instructional video).
  4. Once frosted, use a spoon to drizzle on raspberry caramel however you see fit!
  5. That’s it! Now eat zombie brains!


*If you don’t have my cookbook (you should totally get it, duh!) but you can also use this Vanilla Buttercream recipe or this Dairy-Free Buttercream recipe instead!

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I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


14 thoughts on “Halloween Bleeding Brain Cupcakes”

  1. Love the pics for these! Your photography is getting so good! I’ve done the same thing with backing up and smashing my mirror. It was at like 4AM on the way to the airport, which was shitty. At least I was going to Austin. Still haven’t gotten the mirror fixed and that was almost two years ago. The clear duck tape I used works just fine haha.

    1. ugh i’m totally putting it off right now, but want it to look better since it’s a new car and i want it to feel like that for more than 1 week lol

  2. So this entire post made me laugh (out loud….. I guess) and then I saw your million dollar baby comment which I think you meant to just say in passing but NOBODY warned me EITHER when I watched it that I was going to be left in a complete state of depression post viewing and furthermore I would be discussing with my family what to do if I ever decide to pick up boxing and shit hits the fan. Mind you my work out habits are slim to none but I have been following your blog for some time and one day…. I’ll get off my ass!

    1. right?! i talked about it with my fiance right after and he was like, why are we talking about this? but you’re stuck there wondering what would happen if something like that happened to you! i was not prepared at all to watch that. how I didn’t know that happened after it’s been out for years is beyond me

  3. Yum. These look so good. Juli they didn’t look like brains at first, but the top down photos defiantly look like it. I’m not very artistic so I hope at least one of mine looks like an actual brain, 5

  4. This post seriously cracked me up. Everyone needs to f*cking chill. lol. I have officially made over half of the recipes in the cookbook (including those samoa cupcakes) and every single one has been non-paleo boyfriend approved! Thank you so much for all of your awesome recipes 🙂 Also, these pictures are amazing!!

  5. I love a good f*ck!! I love reading your posts with all the curse words!! You aren’t writing children’s books for f*cks sake here! Carry on!

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