Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Halloween cupcake recipe

So, I've given you decoration inspiration, video guides to spooky make-up, an activity booklet to download and a party to attend to celebrate Halloween. All you need is something to munch on.

These aromatic pumpkin cupcakes are perfect for Halloween, but you can eat them any time of the year, especially if you use canned pumpkin, as the recipe states.

Pumpkin CupCakes
2 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon each: cinnamon, ground cloves, ginger, nutmeg
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
3 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
One 15-oz. can of pumpkin

3/4 cup of walnuts, pieces
Decorations: gummie candies, candied fruit

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.) In a medium-sized bowl, sift together flour, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
3.) In a large bowl, place butter and sugar and beat together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
4.) Add the eggs to the wet ingredients (large bowl) one at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in the vanilla.
5.) Stir 1/3 of the flour mixture (from Step 2) into the wet ingredients (large bowl), then 1/2 the can of pumpkin. Follow that with 1/3 flour mixture, then the rest of the pumpkin and then the remaining flour mixture.
6.) Pour the batter into each cup until three-quarters full.
7.) Bake cupcakes for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
8.) Let the cupcakes cool completely in their pan on a wire rack. Then take each cup carefully out of the tray.
9.) Frost each cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting and add decorations on top.

Cream Cheese Frosting
This scrumptious frosting works really well as a topping for our Pumpkin Cake and Cupcakes. It's delicious as a cookie topping or as filling between cake layers.

Two 8 oz. packages of cream cheese, softened
2 sticks butter, softened
Two 1 lb. boxes confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla

1.) Place the cream cheese and the butter in a bowl. Beat with electric mixer until soft and evenly combined.
2.) Add the confectioners' sugar and vanilla and beat until combined and smooth.

If you want to turn it into chocolate frosting, add 1/4 to 1/2 cup dry cocoa during Step 2, according to how rich you like it.

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