Wednesday, 14 October 2015

#20 Halloween pumpkin spice cupcakes |halloween mini series|

Hello! As Halloween is fast approaching I thought I would make a mini series of Halloween inspired blog posts and after watching Zoella's most recent baking video I knew that these cupcakes would be perfect to start of my mini series!

Ingredients (for the cupcakes)...
  • 280g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 110g butter/margarine
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 5 tablespoons brown soft sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 180ml milk
  • 250g pumpkin puree

In her video Zoe used 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg however I didn't have any so it's up to you if you use it or not!

The cupcakes....
The first thing you need to do is preheat your oven to 190°C or gas mark 5 or 160°C if you have a fan oven like I do! Now in a large mixing bowl add all your dry ingredients (minus the caster sugar!! We ended up missing this step as we were following Zoe's video as we baked...oops)
Or alternatively you can cream your butter or margarine with the caster sugar first before adding the rest of the dry ingredients - it's up to you!

After you've combined your dry ingredients with the butter/margarine and sugar you now need to add your eggs, making sure it's all mixed in!

Next is the pumpkin! Trying to find this was a nightmare! Just a heads up, it's not sold in Sainsburys or Morrisons but it is sold in Waitrose for £2 and I think Tesco might sell it too!

Once you've mixed in the pumpkin your cake batter should look something like this and have quite a thick consistency!

Whilst in Hobbycraft at the weekend I spotted this super cute cupcake decorating kit for about £3 and I had to have it! The kit comes with 24 witch cupcakes cases, a packet of yellow decorative stars and a packet of witch legs and feet!

All you need to do now is line your bun tray with bun cases of your choice and fill the cases up with your mixture then bake for 20 - 25 minutes!

The cream cheese frosting...
Before I start I need you to know this tastes incredible!!!

  • 200g cream cheese, softened
  • 50g butter/margarine
  • 350g icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a bowl cream together the cream cheese and the butter/margarine then add the icing sugar a bit at a time!
Once it's all been added you can then add your vanilla extract and the cinnamon!

For some reason we couldn't get our frosting thick enough to pipe so we had to resort to just spreading it on - they still look fab though!

Let me know in the comments if you make these and what you're plans for Halloween are!

Vicki x
Disney princess in training ♛


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