Brain Hemorrhage Cupcakes

Halloween would not be Halloween without being scary and gruesome. I love Halloween! It is one of my favorite holiday, probably because unlike Christmas there is no pressure.. (the pressure of fixing Christmas dinner, visiting family and buying gifts). Halloween is just a fun holiday… where everyone is free to do as little or as much as they want. I usually go all out. I decorate the house in and out and love to invite people over for fun gruesome Halloween treats.. that actually look like disgusting things. For one of my children cooking classes, I made Brain hemorrhage cupcake. They are yummy good and fun to make!

Ingredients for 12 big cupcakes or 24 mini ones: 1 1/4 cup of cake flour, 2 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa, 3/4 tsp of baking powder, 1/4 tsp of salt, 1/2 cup of buttermilk, 1tsp of vanilla, 1/2 tsp o f white vinegar,  10-15 drops of red food coloring, 3/4 cup of sugar, 4 tbsp of unsalted butter at room temperature, 1 large egg.

In a bowl mix the flour, the cocoa, the baking powder and the salt. In a bowl mix together the butter and the sugar until fluffy (2-3 minutes). Add the egg and combine well. Add the flour mixture in 3 times and beat at low speed alternating with the buttermilk addition. Divide the batter evenly among the mini muffins and bake for 8-1-0 minutes.

Ingredients for the frosting:

12 oz of cream cheese at room temperature, 2 tbsp of unsalted butter at room temperature, 1/2 tsp of vanilla, 1 cup of powder sugar.

In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, then add the sugar and finally the butter at little at a time. If the frosting is too soft, refrigerate for 15 minutes, place the frosting in a pastry bag and make swirls to create the brain. Drop a few drop of strawberry sugar over the frosting to make it look like blood. Et voila!

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!