Serves: 12
Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 18 mins

PUMPKIN MAPLE CUPCAKES

Perfect Halloween Treat

Ingredients

  • 200g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 170g pureed pumpkin
  • 2 Large Baking Eggs
  • 125ml vegetable oil
  • 2tbsp maple syrup

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 60g butter, softened
  • 60g cream cheese, softened
  • 240g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Equipment

  • 12 hole muffin tin

Method

  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with cases.
  2. 2. Sift the flour with the spices, baking powder, soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. 3. In a large bowl mix together the sugar, pumpkin, eggs, oil and maple syrup.
  4. 4. Gently fold in the flour mixture.
  5. 5. 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.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. 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.