Saturday, 24 October 2009

Pumpkin Cupcakes

I found this recipe on the Pioneer Woman's website, and thought it would be perfect for halloween cupcakes. They are pumpkin spice cakes, with cream cheese frosting. You can find her recipe here, as well as other amazing recipes and interesting things.
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius.

Mix together 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 teaspoons mixed spice. Leave to the side (you will need it at the end)

In a bowl, sift the plain flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and mixed spice.
Add 4 TABLESPOONS of butter to the flour mixture, and cut in with 2 knives until it is all incorporated and looks like breadcrumbs.
In a seperate bowl, mix the pumpkin, egg, evaporated milk and vanilla essence.
Add the pumpkin mixture to the flour mixture, and fold gently until all ingredients are combined.

Pour the mixture into a prepared muffin/cupcake tray.Sprinkle the sugar and mixed spice that you mixed up before, on top of the cupcakes. This will give them a nice crunch on top!

Place in oven for 20 - 25 minutes.

Allow cupcakes to cool before turning them out onto wire cooling rack. Let cool completely before icing.Pioneer Woman recommends the cream-cheese frosting. It does go well with it, but you don't need very much icing at all!
They're just as good without icing!

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