Pumpkin Cupcakes


Pumpkin Cupcakes

 

It’s this time of year again, Halloween! I love buying a pumpkin! I have so much fun carving out funny faces! Alex and I like to have a competition, to see who can carve out the best face…..of course I always win!! Another thing I love about carving out a pumpkin, is getting to make a large pan of pumpkin soup. What a perfect, warm snack to have this time of year; on the cold, dark nights! Of course with a portion of homemade crusty bread! Over the years of eating pumpkin soup every Halloween, and visiting America, tasting pumpkin pie for the very first time; I soon realised how versatile the root vegetable is! This recipe proves exactly that!!!

Have a go and let me know what you think?! 

Happy Halloween!

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Ingredients 

pumpkinspice

Sponge: 

180ml Milk

280g Self-Raising Flour

200g Caster Suger

40g Light Brown Sugar

110g Butter

2 Eggs

250g Pumpkin 

3 tsp Pumpkin Spice (see below)

1/2 tsp Salt

Frosting:

250g Butter

500g Icing Sugar

1 tsp Grounded Cinnamon plus extra for dusting

 

 

Method

  1. Prepare the pumpkin; cut the pumpkin into pieces, removing all the seeds. Place in a pan of hot water and boil for 20 minutes, until soft.
  2. One soften, mash it up with a potato masher, or in a food processor to make it into a puree. Put aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 140 degrees.
  4. Cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.
  5. Add the eggs one at time, mixing well between each one.
  6. Add the milk and pumpkin. Carefully stir in.
  7. Add the pumpkin spice and flour, and fold. 
  8. Using an ice cream scoop or a large spoon; spoon one scoop into each bun case and bake for 35 – 40 minutes.
  9. Once cooked, leave to cool on a wire cooling rack.
  10. While cooling, make the cinnamon frosting. Beat the butter and icing sugar together to create a smooth frosting. Stir in the cinnamon and fill a piping bag.
  11. Cut the end of the bag and pipe the frostings on top in a large spiral pattern or a pattern of you choice. 
  12. Sprinkle the frosting with a dusting of cinnamon.
  13. If your feeling extra creative, why not model some sugarpaste mini pumpkins to place on top!

 

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