Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween Pumpkin Bread Cupcakes



Today’s recipe is another great idea for your Halloween party, easy and delicious. I hope you give it a try.

Makes 12 large cupcakes
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ C All Purpose Flour
  • 1 C Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • ½ C Softened Unsalted Butter
  • ½ C + 2 T Milk
  • ½ C Granulated Sugar
  • ¾ C Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 ½  Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 ½ Tsp  Cinnamon
  • ½ Tsp Ginger
  • ¼  Tsp Allspice
  • ⅛ Tsp Cloves
  • ⅛ Tsp Nutmeg
  • Pinch Salt


For the Icing:
  • 8 oz Cream cheese
  • ½ C Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 C Powdered Sugar
  • 1-2 T  Black Food Coloring


For garnish:
  • Gummy Eyeballs
  • Chocolate Pumpkin candies


Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Combine the flour with the baking powder and rest of the spices: cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, allspice and a pinch of salt, mix well and set aside for a minute.


In an electric mixer cream the butter with the granulated sugar and the brown sugar, then add in the eggs one at a time, mixing each egg for 30 seconds before adding the next one.  Then add in the vanilla extract and the pumpkin puree,  mix for one more minute until well combined.

Reduce the speed and add in half the flour mixture followed by half of the milk, right after add in the rest of flour and the rest of the milk. Continue to mix for one more minute until all the ingredients are well incorporated.

Line your cupcake pan with cupcake wrappers and spray them with cooking spray, pour the batter into the cupcake wrappers, don’t fill them all the way to the top, just ¾ of the way, and then bake them at 350ºF for about 20-25 minutes or until cooked.

To know if your cupcakes are done, insert a toothpick right in the center of the cupcake and it should come out with a bit of crumbs.

Let the cupcakes cool completely before decorating them.

To make the Icing:
In an electric mixer cream the butter with the cream cheese, then add in the vanilla extract and the sugar, mix on high speed for about 3 minutes or until the icing is thick and fluffy.

Place half the icing in another bowl and set aside for a minute.

Add about one or two tablespoon of black food coloring to the icing in the electric mixer and mix on high until well incorporated.

Place the black colored icing in a piping bag, with the start tip, and fill the surface of the cupcake with stars, you want the stars to be very pointy, you want them to look like spikes, so stretch them out right at the tip, and just keep on doing this until the surface is all covered with spiky stars,

then right on the center of the cupcake add a pair of gummy eyeballs… and that’s it, just keep on repeating this step until you are done..

Now place the white icing on a piping bag with a petal or round tip, and decorate the leftover cupcakes like if they were mummies, just place random icing ribbons to simulate the bandages, place a pair of gummy eyeballs right on the center of each mummy cupcake.

Keep on decorating the cupcakes until you are done..

Enjoy!

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