Mini pumpkin cupcakes
Makes 24 mini cupcakes
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp allspice
- 2 cups wholemeal plain flour
60g light creamed cheese
20g butter, softened
Orange food colouring
12 Pretzel twigs
Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C. Grease a 24 mini muffin tray with butter.
In a medium bowl, beat together the olive oil and maple syrup with a whisk, then beat in the eggs. Mix in the pumpkin puree, milk, baking soda, vanilla extract, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and a pinch of salt.
Add the flour and stir through until just mixed, don’t over mix.
Distribute the mixture between 24 mini muffin holes. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top is golden and when a bamboo skewer inserted into a cupcake comes out clean.
Remove the cupcakes to a wire rack and cool completely.
To make the icing, beat together creamed cheese, butter. Add a few drops of food colour and mix, continue to add drops of colour and mixing until you have a pumpkin orange colour.
Smear a heaped tablespoon of icing onto cooled cupcake with a butter knife and smooth out. Use the back edge of the knife to create 6 grooves from the middle of the cupcake to make the pumpkin look. Stick a pretzel twig into the middle of each cupcake to make the stalk of the pumpkin.
This article was written by Susie Burrell for Philips Sonicare and Kidspot NZ.