Pumpkin passion cupcakes

Pumpkin passion cupcakes

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(50 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins

Easy

Makes 12

Use grated pumpkin or butternut squash for these gorgeous, spiced cupcakes

Nutrition and extra info

  • un-iced

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal386
  • fat23g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs43g
  • sugars30g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4.3g
  • salt0.45g
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Ingredients

  • 175ml sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

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  • 175g light muscovado sugar
  • 3 large eggs
    Eggs

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    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g coarsely grated pumpkin or butternut squash flesh
    Pumpkin

    Pumpkin

    pump-kin

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  • 100g sultanas
  • grated zest 1 orange
    Orange

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  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
    Cinnamon

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  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

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For the frosting

  • 200g tub full-fat cream cheese
  • 85g icing sugar
  • toasted chopped pecans to decorate (optional)
    Pecan nuts

    Pecan

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    Related to the walnut, pecans are native to America, and grow enclosed in a glossy, browny-red…

Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tray with paper cases. Pour the oil into a large bowl and add the sugar, eggs and vanilla. Beat together, then add the grated pumpkin, sultanas and orange zest.

  2. Stir in the cinnamon, flour and bicarbonate of soda, the mixture will be quite wet. Spoon into the cases. Bake for 25 mins until firm and springy to the touch and a skewer inserted in the centre of a cupcake comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack. At this stage you can freeze the cakes for 4 months.

  3. To make the frosting, beat the cream cheese and sugar together until smooth then spread on top of the cupcakes. Leave plain or decorate with toasted pecans. Store in the fridge, but return to room temperature to serve for the best flavour and texture.

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alvaston16
29th Oct, 2012
5.05
My daughter and I made these, what a triumph. We even sprayed the pecans with edible gold spray for added effect. We made fairy cakes instead of cupcakes which gave us enough mixture to make a cake aswell.
whipp3dcream
28th Oct, 2012
5.05
Had a go at these as my first ever attempt at baking, and they came out an absolute treat, couldn't be happier with the results! I don't know if it was just because I was learning as I went but the prep time was a lot longer than the suggested 15mins, I spent at least that on the pumpkin alone. I went with 1.5tsp ground cinnamon and .5tsp ground ginger. I left out the sultanas until the mix had been added to the tray cases, then added sultanas to half, and white chocolate chips to the other half. I used the suggested frosting here for the sultana ones, but for the white chocolate ones, I topped them with white chocolate spider webs, as per Angela Nilsen's muffin recipe. I also had enough mix over to make 3 more muffins, so chopped up some pecans and added those to the mix along with the sultanas. Difficult to pick a favourite, can't wait to bake some again! :-)
harrietturton
27th Oct, 2012
5.05
Great recipe! Lovely moist muffins delicious! Great way to use up pumpkin skin. I poured maple syrup over mine instead - Bliss!
sammarlowuk
30th Jul, 2012
5.05
Super quick, super easy and super delicious... and that's without the icing! The first batch was so good, I doubled up and made a second batch for the freezer and tried tweaking with some white chocolate chips, as suggested in another review! The most perfect pumpkin cupcakes... check out my blog post http://www.theannoyedthyroid.com/2012/07/30/pumpkin-passion-cupcakes/
bridalzone
21st Feb, 2012
I thought this recipe included passion fruit. After all it is called pumpkin and PASSION cupcake. That is what attracted me to this recipe. Oh well let me keep searching for a cake recipe that includes passion fruit.
bridalzone
21st Feb, 2012
I thought this recipe included passion fruit. After all it is called pumpkin and PASSION cupcake. That is what attracted me to this recipe. Oh well let me keep searching for a cake recipe that includes passion fruit.
bridalzone
21st Feb, 2012
I thought this recipe included passion fruit. After all it is called pumpkin and PASSION cupcake. That is what attracted me to this recipe. Oh well let me keep searching for a cake recipe that includes passion fruit.
heidipea
25th Nov, 2011
4.05
The flavour of these cupcakes is absolutely delicious and moreish. Did anyone else find them a bit greasy though? They left greasy stains on the cake stand I displayed them on. Wondering if the oil could be reduced and replaced with apple puree. Or how about butter instead of oil. If anyone has tried that I'd love to know.
maryechappell
22nd Feb, 2015
I used to make carrot cake with oil and like you found it a bit greasy so now I do it with soft margarine, so I am going to try this recipe with the same weight of soft marge. Following above comment I did use soft marge in the recipe, I made it as a one stage cake ie beat everything together except the grated squash, orange rind & dried fruit which I stirred in after. It was delicious, favourable comments all round
tweetie-pie
23rd Nov, 2011
5.05
Mmmm, these were lovely!! Deliciously moist cupcakes. I used half olive oil as i didnt have enough sunflower, but they turned out fine...I also did raisins instead of sultanas as i didn't have any, and mixed chopped pecans with the mixture instead of putting them on top. Also added some cinnamon to the icing, and they were yum - went down well with all the family! My cake cases were quite small so the mixture made 24 instead of 12.

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