Sunday 2 November 2014


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Its always great to experiment with pumpkin recipes around Halloween, and I have come across this fantastic recipe for pumpkin cupcakes.  So now no excuses not to eat cake this Halloween.

  • 175ml sunflower oil
  • 175g light muscovado sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 100g sultanas
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g coarsely grated pumpkin 
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 orange
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda


  • 200g  full-fat cream cheese
  • 85g icing sugar
  • Halloween decorations

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/ gas mark 4. 
  2. Pour the oil into a large bowl and add the sugar, eggs and vanilla and beat together. Grate the pumpkin and the zest from the orange and mix into the bowl along with the sultanas. 
  3. Stir in the cinnamon, flour and bicarbonate of soda.. 
  4. Line a 12-hole muffin tray with paper cases.  Spoon the mixture into the cases. 
  5. Bake for 25 mins until firm and springy to the touch.  Insert a skewer in the centre of a cupcake to ensure it comes out clean. 
  6. Cool completely on a wire rack. .
  7. To make the frosting, beat the cream cheese and sugar together until smooth then spread on top of the cupcakes. Decorate with Halloween figures.
  8. Store in the fridge, but return to room temperature to serve for the best flavour and texture.
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