17/10/2016

Spooky Halloween Pumpkin Cupcakes

I am never really one to celebrate Halloween but having popped into my local *Homesense I couldn't resist in picking up some of these cupcake kit for £4.99! Spent last Sunday doing a spot of baking and playing around with some spooky cobwebs which got rather messy the more you pull it apart.... The cakes turned out rather well so I thought I would share a few photos / recipe with you all so you can give them a try.

Pumpkin Cupcakes
Ingredients / Serves 24 
280g plain flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
110g butter, softened
200g caster sugar
5 tablespoons brown soft sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
180ml milk
250g pumpkin, cooked and pureed

Method:
  • Preheat an oven to 190 C / Gas 5. Grease 24 muffin cups, or line with paper muffin cases. Sift together the flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, allspice, salt, baking powder and bicarb; set aside.
  • Preheat an oven to 190 C / Gas 5. Grease 24 muffin cups, or line with paper muffin cases. Sift together the flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, allspice, salt, baking powder and bicarb; set aside.
  • Beat 110g of butter, caster sugar and brown sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in colour. Add the room-temperature eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Stir in the milk and pumpkin puree after the last egg. Stir in the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Pour the cupcake mixture into the prepared muffin cases.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, about 25 minutes. Cool in the tins for 5 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack. Recipe source
  • For the icing I was too lazy to make my own so I brought some pre made chocolate icing from Dr Oetker for convenience and just sprinkled some decorations on top.


"Get set for the most ghoulist time of the year at Homesense. Pop into store to discover our spooky selection of decorative dining, baking kits, partyware and fancy dress for the kids (and even the cat), all with savings of us to 50% every day. How frighteningly fabulour."




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