Pumpkin and maple cupcakes Recipe

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makes:

12

Skill:

medium

Total Time:

00:38

Prep:

00:20

Cooking:

00:18

These little jack-o’-lantern cakes with real pumpkin in them, make sweet trick-or-treat gifts on Halloween. Get the kids to help you decorate them.

Ingredients

  • For the
  • pumpkin and maple cupcakes:
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • ½tsp ginger
  • ½tsp nutmeg
  • ½tsp allspice
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • ¼tsp baking soda
  • ¼tsp salt
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 170g pureed pumpkin
  • 2 large eggs
  • 125ml vegetable oil
  • 2tbsp maple syrup
  • For the
  • cream cheese frosting:
  • 60g butter, softened
  • 60g cream cheese, softened
  • 240g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • Dark green, black and orange food colourings

Method

  • For the pumpkin and maple cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake cases.

  • Sift the flour with the spices, baking powder, soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

  • In a separate large bowl mix together the sugar, pumpkin, eggs, oil and maple syrup.

  • Gently fold in the flour mixture.

  • Spoon the mixture into the cupcake liners, filling ¾ of the way and bake for 18 mins or until a cocktail stick inserted into the centre of each cake comes out clean. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

  • For the cream cheese frosting: In a large, clean mixing bowl, cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth, gradually add the icing sugar and continue to cream until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla until combined.

  • Place 2 scoops of the frosting into a separate bowl and colour with dark green food colouring.

  • Place 1 scoop into another bowl and colour with black food colouring.

  • Colour the remainder orange. Use the orange to pipe a pumpkin design around each cupcake.

  • Use the green to pipe the pumpkin stalks and the black to pipe the pumpkin face.

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