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Halloween Pumpkin Cupcakes

Kid-size and super-easy to make, these Halloween cupcakes will be the hit of your party.

Halloween Pumpkin Cupcakes

Photo credit: © Eatwell101.comYou can’t have Halloween party without any kind of creepily delicious looking pumpkin desserts. Kid-size and super-easy to make, these Halloween cupcakes will be the hit of your party. It will be hard for anybody to resist these mini sized pumpkin bites with their cream cheese frosting. The recipe is not only just adorable, but really easy to make! If you lack of time or don’t want to bother making the frosting, go for ready-made, the most important thing being to make them luscious and “spook-tacular”.

Ingredient list for the pumpkin cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes:

  • 1 lb (250g) pumpkin, cooked and mashed
  • 3 1/2 oz (100g) soft butter
  • 3/4 cup (145g) brown sugar
  • 2 2/3 cup (260g) flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Ground cinnamon powder
  • 1 pinch of salt

1. Cook the pumpkin: boil or steam without adding anything else. Then mix and set aside.
2. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon powder.
3. In another large bowl, beat butter and sugar until the mixture gets smooth and creamy.
4. Add the eggs one by one and incorporate well after each addition.
5. Then add the vanilla extract and pumpkin puree and mix until the dough is smooth.
6. Add the the mix of flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Mix well.
7. Pour into cupcake paper liners, 3/4 full and bake for 30 minutes in a preheated oven at 360°F (180°C). Then allow to cool on a wire rack.

For the frosting

  • 2 oz (60g) soft butter
  • 1/3 lb (150g) Philadelphia
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • 4 tbsp (30g) icing sugar

1. In a bowl, beat the butter until it becomes creamy.
2. Gradually add the Philadelphia cheese and whisk until the mixture gets smooth.
3. Then add the vanilla and icing sugar and beat until everything is well mixed.

For the spider webs

1. Cover the surface of the cupcake frosting with a spatula.
2. Melt a little dark chocolate.
3. Put melted chocolate in a cone or in a piping pastry bag fitted with a very small plain tip.
4. Make a point on middle top of the cupcake, then make circles around the point until you reach the bottom of the frosting.
5. Using a toothpick, draw a line from the central point to the bottom of frosting. Repeat the process around the cupcake and you’ll get a creepy-nice spider web

(Image Marion G)

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