Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Okay so, I know i'm embarrassingly late to the Halloween party but these cupcakes were far too delicious not too share, even if it is ridiculously late. You know I thought I didn't even like pumpkin in baked goods before these and these little cakes changed my mind. The cake was so moist and soft, even after a few days in the fridge and it had the perfect amount of autumnal spice going on. And the icing was beautifully smooth and sweet and complemented the spiced cake beautifully!! I could rant and rave about these cupcakes all day long but maybe I should just give you the recipe instead. This recipe is adapted from the BBC Good Food website. Here's a wee picture of my Halloween decorated cupcake,

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes

For the Cake:
175ml groundnut oil
175g dark muscovado sugar
3 large eggs
1tsp vanilla extract
200g tinned pumpkin puree
zest of one orange
2tsp of ground cinnamon
200g self-raising flour
1tsp bicarbonate of soda

For the frosting:
250g icing sugar
80g unsalted butter
25ml whole milk
1tsp vanilla extract
red and blue gel food colouring

1.Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.
2.Line a 12-hole muffin tray with paper cases.
3.Pour the oil into a large bowl and add the sugar, eggs and vanilla. Beat, then add the pumpkin puree and orange zest
4.Stir in the cinnamon, flour and bicarbonate of soda, it will be quite a wet mixture. 5.Spoon into the cases. Bake for 25 mins and test with a skewer making sure it comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack until cold.
6. To make the frosting, beat the icing sugar and butter together. Combine the milk and vanilla together in a separate bowl and add to the butter and sugar mix gradually whilst beating. Add your colour in at this point, start with a tiny bit as you can always add more in.Continue to beat at a high speed for a few mins until it is light and fluffy. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes and decorate how you wish. Then eat up!!

There you go, a yummy recipe for pumpkin spice cupcakes. I really recommend that you give these a wee go, I will definitely be making these every autumn from now on. Yum yum. Let me know if you made these and how they turned out for you!

Happy Baking,

Rachael xx.