So let’s talk American Horror Story on FX.
Have you seen it?
That show is CREEPY with a capital-C.
And also disturbingly DELIGHTFUL. I’m hooked.
Initially, I didn’t turn in right away, so I had my mom relay information to me one day last weekend while we were out shopping. “It’s really disturbing. There are naked butts in it! Male naked butts. I didn’t know they could show naked butts on TV.”
If they can show Snooki on TV, Mom, they can show male naked butts.
After apparently being intrigued by the idea of male naked butts, along with the fact that she supplied me with information about twins being slaughtered by a “half human, half animal” thing with sharp teeth (which was later discovered to be what I can only describe as a demented baby clown), a rubber suit and a Wednesday Addams-type daughter, I tuned in to the saved first episode on my DVR.
And it was like visual crack.
Now, with four episodes under my belt, I have so many pressing questions. Is the creepy boy who appears in their basement and who calls himself “Taint” a ghost? Why did Constance (Jessica Lange) put epicac in a chocolate cupcake–and how did the Mom (Connie Britton) eat it without barfing her brains out all over the place–while leaving that job for the home intruder who looked like one of the creeps in The Strangers. Why does Hayden (Kate Mara) look like a martian, with an unusually large forehead and very compact facial features?
SO MANY QUESTIONS.
And with this cliffhanger Halloween Pt 1 episode behind me, I’m eager to know SO. MUCH. MORE.
One of the things I noticed (among many, believe me) were the creepy brains and baby body parts in jars down in the scary basement, and I began thinking that brain cupcakes would be kind of cool, if not a little (or a lot) disgusting.
But, like American Horror Story, brain cupcakes must be both awesomely outrageously cool and a little (or a lot) creepy and disturbing.
Done and DONE!
Oogy Boogy Brain Cupcakes
24 strawberry cupcakes, baked with strawberry pudding in the batter and cooled
2/3 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 tsp milk
About 4 cups powdered sugar
Wilton pink and black food gel colorings
Piping bag attached with an 7mm or 8mm tip
1. First, prepare your frosting: in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together softened butter and vanilla extract until creamy, about 2 minutes. Gradually add powdered sugar, about 1 cup at a time, until a paste consistency is reached. Add milk, one teaspoon at a time, until frosting is a nice soft but spreadable consistency (not runny or gloopy).
2. When your frosting is a nice consistency, begin coloring it. Start small as these gel colors are highly concentrated and a little goes a looong way. I like using a butter knife’s tip of color; it usually is enough for a pastel-y shade. First, use pink and scrape it along the bottom of your beater, beating the pink into the frosting. Then, add black, an even smaller amount than pink, as black reallllly goes a long way. I went for a pastel-y pink shade with a tinge of gray, but you can add brown for a darker, dingier color, or more black for a more grayish pink, or whatever depending on what color brain you prefer.
3. Put your frosting into your piping bag attached with a 7mm or 8mm baking tip (a perfect round circle tip). Mentally divide the cupcake into two sections, like the two hemispheres of the brain.
4. Begin making squiggles with your piping bag on the left side of the brain, starting from the center and squiggling outward, toward the left edge of the cupcake. I layered my squiggles by threes, so after the first squiggle is done, do another on top of the first, and a third on top of the second. Repeat on the other side, leaving a small space in between your “hemispheres.” Once you have squiggles on both sides, draw a line or two down the center of the squiggles, representing the brain stem/dividing line between the two sides. If there are any open spaces, pipe frosting on them in a small squiggle pattern or as a small dot to cover.
5. Creep out, impress, and enjoy with your friends!
If you’re hosting a Halloween party this weekend, this cupcakes would be an awesome last-minute party favor or treat to adorn your food or dessert table. You could place them on a normal cake stand, or get creative and place individual cupcakes in glass cups or jars like a “brain in a jar.” In my photos and my video staging, I used simple glass cups I picked up at Crate and Barrel awhile back. It makes for a spooky presentation!
Despite their oogy boogy appearance, these brain cupcakes are a yummy and festive Halloween treat, so enjoy them!
Happy Halloween! Have a safe one and stock up on plenty of yummy candy and watch the American Horror Story marathon on FX!!