Cupcakes for Zombies🧁🧠

This recipe was fun to make and I am now a self-proclaimed brain surgeon. 😷💉


  • 140g butter, at room temperature
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 170g self-raising flour
  • 1 tbsp milk

For the Zombie icing

  • 300g icing sugar
  • 150g unsalted butter
  • Red food colouring
  • 12 cupcakes
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder


  • Preheat the oven to 180˚C/160˚C fan/gas mark 4 and line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper cases.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the butter and the sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Fold in the flour and add the milk. Spoon into the cases and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool completely.
  • For the Zombie icing
  • In a bowl, beat together the icing sugar and butter until thoroughly combined.
  • Stir in enough food colouring to make it pink and mix vigorously until evenly combined.
  • Spread a smooth layer of pink icing over each cupcake in a domed shape.
  • With the tip of a knife, make a line down the centre of each cupcake. Pipe a winding pattern of icing on each side of the centre line to create the brain wrinkles. Place the iced cupcakes in the freezer until needed.
  • In a shallow bowl, stir together the golden syrup, cocoa powder and a few drops of red food colouring.
  • Remove the cupcakes from the freezer and drizzle the tops in the syrupy “blood,” allowing any excess to drip off

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