Introduction: Chocolate Raspberry Brain Cupcakes

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These raspberry-filled chocolate cupcakes are topped with a raspberry buttercream brain and are super easy to make for your Halloween party!

Ingredients

Raspberry filling
-2 cups fresh raspberries (2 small cartons)
-2 T granulated sugar

One box chocolate cake mix

Raspberry buttercream
-1 cup butter (2 sticks)
-4 cups confectioners sugar
-3 tsp vanilla extract
-1/2 T milk
-1 T raspberry filling
-red food coloring

Step 1: Make the Raspberry Filling and Fill the Cupcakes

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Raspberry filling
-2 cups fresh raspberries (2 small cartons)
-2 T granulated sugar

After you bake your chocolate cupcakes, prepare the raspberry filling. Combine the sugar and raspberries in a bowl and mash together with a fork. Keep in fridge until ready to fill cupcakes. Reserve 1 T for the frosting.

After cupcakes have cooled, take a knife and cut a circle in the center of the cupcake on an angle. A small cone will come out. Cut off the tip of the cone, leaving just the top disk. Spoon the filling into the cupcake and return the top to the cupcake. It's okay if the top doesn't fit all the way because the buttercream will cover it.

Step 2: Make the Raspberry Buttercream

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Raspberry buttercream
-1 cup butter (2 sticks)
-4 cups confectioners sugar
-3 tsp vanilla extract
-1/2 T milk
-1 T raspberry filling
-red food coloring

Next prepare the buttercream. Cream the butter with a hand mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment. Gradually add in sugar while mixing. Once they are completely combined, mix in the vanilla. Then mix in milk. Add the raspberry filling until completely combined. While the raspberry will tint the frosting pink, it will need 1 or 2 drops to get a nice shade of pink. Make sure to add one drop and completely mix before adding a second.

Put the buttercream in the fridge to stiffen it up, about 15 minutes.

Step 3: Frost the Cupcakes and Enjoy

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Once the frosting is ready, prepare it in a pastry bag with a small round tip, or in a plastic sandwich bag with the corner tip snipped off.

First make a straight line and squiggle the frosting on the side, like you're making half a Christmas tree. Repeat for the following side. Try to make this base cover most of the cupcake.

Repeat this pattern again on top of the frosting, but keep the piping a little more centered to give a better effect.

If your buttercream softens and becomes difficult to work with, just stick it in the fridge for a few minutes.

When you're done, take a bite and enjoy your brain!

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