Halloween Ghost Pumpkin Cupcakes

October is well underway which means its almost Halloween! Miffy loves to celebrate by baking some spooky themed treats. This year she wants to share her Halloween Ghost Pumpkin Cupcake recipe with you, so shall we get started?

What you need to make pumpkin cupcakes:
350g pumpkin flesh, chopped into 2cm squares
200g unsalted butter
200g golden caster sugar
280g self-raising flour
½ tablespoon baking powder
½ tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon mixed spice
3 eggs, beaten
4 tablespoon milk

Icing:
150g unsalted butter
75g soft cheese
250g icing sugar
120g marshmallow fluff
Edible eye decorations

Step 1

You’ll need an adult helper for this recipe, so make sure yours is close by.

Firstly, ask your adult helper to cook the pumpkin in a pan of boiling water for about 5 minutes until soft. Once cooked through drain the pumpkin into a bowl, then mash it up until nice and soft. Then leave it on the side to cool down.

Step 2

Preheat the oven to 160˚C and line a 12-hole muffin tin with some Halloween themed cupcake cases. Use the same pan to gently heat the butter and sugar together until melted. Give the mixture a gentle stir until its all combined, then add this to your bowl of  pumpkin mash.

Step 3

Next, in a large bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, mixed spice and a pinch of salt. Using a wooden spoon, beat in the pumpkin mixture. If your arms get tired you can always ask your adult helper to have a go, cake making is hard work after all! Next add the eggs and milk and mix until everything is fully combined.

Step 4

Divide the mixture among the cupcake cases, then ask your adult helper to pop the cupcakes into the oven. On the centre shelf will do nicely, baking for 40-45 minutes until they’ve risen up and are golden brown. Once they’re done, carefully pop the tray out onto a wire rack for them to cool completely.

Step 5

Now it’s time to make the icing! Use a whisk to beat the butter in a bowl until it’s as light and fluffy as a cloud. Add the soft cheese and beat again until all combined. Gently sift the icing sugar over the soft cheese mixture and give it another extra big stir. Now for the tastiest bit – it’s time to fold in the marshmallow fluff! If you want a little taste of the marshmallow fluff, Miffy won’t tell anyone!

Step 6

To turn your cupcakes into ghoulish creations, firstly peel away the cases then turn the cupcakes upside down. Ask your adult helper to spread the icing into a rough mound shape over each one, starting from the base of the cupcake all the way over the top.  Finish by decorating them with some edible eyes and there you have it, your very own little ghostly cupcakes!

You can share them with all your family and friends for an extra spooky Halloween treat.

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