Its Halloween! Yay! That means all sorts of goodies. At work, we were having a Bake Off (no competition, just an excuse for lots of cake to be consumed in one morning really!) I decided beforehand that I would like to experiment with pumpkin cake, but I didn’t want a pumpkin puree sponge cake. I was looking for something more like a carrot cake. This is what I came up with. I found a carrot cake recipe and heavily modified it. So here it is;
250g Butter, Very Soft
225g Plain Flour
1tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
300g Golden Caster Sugar
1tsp Ground Cinnamon
1tsp All Spice
300g Grated Pumpkin
2tbsp Golden Syrup
- Preheat oven to 160C.
- First, you should carve the top of the pumpkin off and empty out the insides. then carve it into small chunks (the outside of the pumpkin is curves so if the chunks are too large you will loose a lot of flesh).
- Grate the pumpkin. 300g of pumpkin is roughly half of a small pumpkin.
- Cream the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy.
- Add the flour and other dried ingredients slowly to the butter and sugar mixture. it will become stiffer but should still be soft.
- Crack the eggs into a mug and beat them until combined. add them slowly to the mixture. If you add them too quickly or do not mix it in thoroughly enough, the mixture could split. (If it splits, you can rescue it by adding a little more flour.
- Add the carrot and mix in thoroughly. This is another opportunity for the mixture to split, some pumpkins have more moisture than others and if your pumpkin has a lot of water, it may reject the fats. Again this can be remedied by adding a little more flour to bind it back together.
- Finally, stir in two tbsp of golden syrup.
- Spoon into the cupcake cases prepared earlier and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. they should be golden in colour but still a little sticky. A skewer inserted into the center should come out clean.
- Leave to cool and Ice as desired. I used Vanilla frosting and Halloween coloured sprinkles.
Let me know if you give them a try. I would live to know what you think!