Getting PSYCHed to Eat Brains

Last Saturday my brilliant baby sister graduated from Ol’ IU with Highest Distinction. To say we are proud is an  understatement, because this girl has accomplished SO much that her neck must be sore from the weight of all of those honor cords she had to wear with her regalia. We made the trek over to Bloomington to attend the graduation ceremony (which was outdoors and sidebar the early start time+ <80 degree weather + football bleachers= one uncomfortable pregnant lady) and celebrate our girl in style.

And because I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t go for something over-the-top to make her feel special, I decided she NEEDED Psychology themed graduation cupcakes.  I’d seen lots of cute graduation cap cupcakes on Pinterest so I knew generally how to capture that element, and for her major psychology which is the study of the mind, I searched for brains and found this pin .

So I got to baking! I went with Red Velvet Cake and Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting baked in adorable fancy paper wrappers to be served on party-ware in the school colors   

The nice thing is that though slightly time consuming, the frosting plan wasn’t that difficult, essentially two straight lines down the center and bunch of squiggles. Then it was just a matter of assembling the caps. I popped the fruit roll-ups in the freezer for a few minutes to make them easier to cut, then used a little frosting to put together the base of the cap (Reese’s cup), mortor board (Godiva square), button (mini M&M), and tassel (fruit roll-up). Just an FYU, the caps are really easy, so if you have a graduate in your life but aren’t sure you’re up to the frosting challenge, these could also be put atop any store bought cupcake.

Graduation Brains!

Graduation Brains!


  • Red Velvet Recipe or Mix of Your Choosing (I like this one, but am not afraid to modify the box kind when short on time)
  • Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting (I used this one, and recommend doubling for cupcakes with decorative frosting)
  • Piping Bag (Don’t forget these, I did and had to make due with ziploc bags which created a lot more work, mess, and frustration as they exploded)
  • Pastry tip with round hole (like this one)  and coupler
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures
  • Godiva Chocolate Squares
  • Mini M&M’s
  • Fruit Roll-ups
MMM Brains!

MMM Brains!

Back soon with graduation photos and the details on how our dog Totle was styled for the celebration!

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