Halloween Pumpkin & Ginger Cupcakes!!

Usually I don’t pre-make holiday bakes. I know that’s what all the stores and multimedia things do, but I don’t. I like to bake and eat my holiday things on or closely around the holiday in question.

However I will make an exception for the Treat Petite baking challenge hosted by Cakey Boi and The Baking Explorer! When I saw that the theme was Halloween I was all over that! Halloween is my favorite holiday!!  Did you know it's less then a week away?? 

I wanted black and green swirled frosting but the black paste was very liquidy. It was no way a paste, even though it said paste on it. It turned out gray. However I didn't want too add too much more coloring. I was annoyed, but not annoyed enough to not use it. 

I let my girls do some decorating and they had a lot of fun! Plus it kept them busy. They turned out really good! I loved the extra spice the ginger preserve gave them! 

Happy Halloween!! (early) :0) 

Pumpkin & Ginger Cupcakes:

120g unsalted butter, room temperature
250g light muscovado sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs, lightly beaten
85g canned pumpkin puree
250g self-rising flour
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
110ml double cream
12 tsps of Mackays Spiced Ginger Preserve

Pre-heat the oven 180C/gas4 and line your cupcake tin with Halloween themed cases!

Beat the butter, sugar, and vanilla together until noticeably lighter. Little by very little add the beaten eggs until fully incorporated. Beat in the pumpkin mixture.
Mix the flour and spices together.
Mix in a third of the flour mixture, then half of the double cream. Repeat until everything is used up and it’s all incorporated.
Spoon in 1 heaped tablespoon (just a regular dessert spoon) into each of the cupcake cases. Then using a teaspoon make a dip in the batter before spooning in 1 level tsp of Mackays Spiced Ginger Preserve. Top with another tablespoon of the batter. You may need to push the batter down on the sides a bit to hold the preserve in.
I had some batter still left over so I made 6 fairy cakes and left out the ginger preserve. I figure most kids wouldn't like the ginger. So yeah.
Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

Cream cheese frosting:

75g unsalted butter, room temperature
100g full-fat cream cheese
240g icing sugar
black & green coloring paste
Halloween Sprinkles

Beat the butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add the icing sugar a little at a time. Then split the icing in half, should be about 200g, add black paste to one and green to the other. Then put them in the same icing bag or Lakeland’s duo icing kit and pipe! Then add sprinkles.

notes: Treat Petite Baking Challenge! Mackays Spiced Ginger Preserve #bakingwithmackays  Lakeland’sDuo Icing Kit is currently on sale! I bought this product myself please see contact/policy for further information. Recipe was adapted from Love Bakery by Samantha Blears.

1 comment:

  1. Great combination Lisa - thanks for entering Treat Petite =)


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