Pumpkin cupcakes with a bonfire topping!!
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Recipe type: Cupcakes
Cuisine: Baking
Serves: 12
  • 1½ cups plain flour
  • ¾ cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree from your leftovers
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup water
  • For the Frosting and Bonfire topping
  • 100g Unsalted butter
  • 200g Icing sugar
  • 1tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1tbsp Whole milk
  • Chocolate matchmakers
  • Red sugar sprinkles
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line tin with parchment papers.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. You can add some cloves at this point (a pinch) but I dont tend to. Depends on your taste.
  3. In a larger bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, vegetable oil, water and vanilla. To give extra dimension you can add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar as well.
  4. Add together the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients in the larger bowl and mix together. You can whisk together or pop it in an electric mixer.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the cupcake liners, filling them about ⅔ full.
  6. Place them in the oven and bake for 16-18 minutes. I stick a skewer into the cakes, and if it come out clean you know they're done. Set them aside to cool and move onto the frosting and bonfire topping.
  7. For the butter icing, make sure the butter is at room temperature. Using an electric or hand mixer beat the butter and gradually add the icing sugar.
  8. Gradually add in the milk and vanilla and continue to beat until the buttercream is light and fluffy. I usually then pipe it on, but depending on how pretty you want it, you can just use a spoon and pallet knife!!
  9. Sprinkle the red sugar decorations into the middle of the cupcakes on top of the icing. Cut the matchmakers in half, and make yourself a little campfire. Et voila!!! You now look an expert baker for bonfire night.
Recipe by Kitchenfella - Cook well and boss your kitchen at http://kitchenfella.com/pumpkin-cupcakes-with-a-bonfire-topping/