Sunday, 25 October 2015

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes!


Autumn means the long awaited return of the Pumpkin Spice lattes, something that seems to be like Marmite amongst everyone, you either love them or you hate them. Well, I wanted to do some pumpkin spice themed baking and thought, "Why not add a little twist to a traditional cupcake recipe?", so that's exactly what I did! 
For those who may be a bit "ick" when they hear about a recipe containing the word "pumpkin", don't fret... There isn't a pumpkin in sight.

If you follow me on Twitter, you'll be aware that I attempted to make these cupcakes earlier in the week using a completely different kind of recipe, which did in fact include pumpkin, it's safe to say that they basically exploded. I suppose that's what I get for trying to stray from my traditional way of baking, we learn from our mistakes! 
Waste of a pumpkin though!!! >:(
Moving on from that catastrophe, I decided to stick with your bog standard vanilla cupcake recipe, I will write the one I used below but any recipe is fine, they all taste the same anyway. 


Cupcake ingredients
100g Unsalted Butter (softened)
100g Caster Sugar
2 Eggs
120g Self-Raising Flour
2 tbsp Milk
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Nutmeg
1 tsp Mixed Spice
2 tsp Cinnamon
Few drops of food colouring (Optional)

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 180°c/Gas Mark 4. Tip the butter into a bowl and add the sugar, using a hand whisk or wooden spoon to cream the two together until a creamy consistency.
2. Crack 1 of the eggs in and whisk before then adding the other. Pour the flour into the bowl and use a wooden spoon to work it into the mixture.
3. Add the milk, vanilla extract, spices and food colouring and mix until you have a smooth batter. 
4. Pour your mixture into cupcake cases and bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and a knife comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the cupcake. 

Buttercream ingredients
150g Unsalted Butter (softened)
250g Icing Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Cinnamon (Measure to taste)
Few drops of food colouring
Milk (if necessary)

Method
1. Put all the ingredients, minus the food colouring, into a bowl and mix together using a wooden spoon.
2. Slowly add the food colouring (too much could end in a disaster) and beat until it is incorporated into the mix.
3. Apply to cupcakes with knife or a piping bag and decorate with your choice of sprinkles.



These honestly taste incredible if I do say so myself and were so easy to make, I'd highly recommend giving them a go!

Have you ever made anything pumpkin themed?

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25 comments

  1. I definitely want to try and bake these on my week off soon! They sound scrumptious! x

    Christina Marie - xtinagsays.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Oo I hope you do, they are delicious! x

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  2. These look amazing!! I'm so hungry and really want one ahah, I'm such a sucker for cute cakes xx

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    1. I'll send you one in the post haha, might be a bit squashed! xx

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  3. These look AMAZING. Love the effect of the icing :)

    Hannah | Oh January

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    1. Ah thank you! My mum's wonderful icing skills... they would NOT look like that if it was down to me and my shaky hands, haha! x

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  4. They look tasty! Can't wait to start my halloween baking!

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    1. Halloween baking is so much fun, I can't believe I had never done any before this year!

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  5. Awww I can only imagine the exploded ones but then again, you bake-you learn :) That's how I go about it anyway. These look so so lovely and delicious. I am definitely saving this recipe and when I make them, I will be referring to you hon ;)
    Hope your week is going great!
    xox Nadia
    http://mielandmint.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. They were a disaster, haha!
      Thank you so much, I hope you make some. :) x

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  6. These look amazing - especially that icing! Haha at least these ones turned out well after the exploding cupcakes ;) xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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    1. I'm extremely glad these ones didn't explode, that would have been a right mare!
      Thank you for your comment. xx

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  7. Oh dear, exploding pumpkin cupcakes - not good! At least these ones turned out well though, I love the decoration and the cupcake cases! I really want to make a pumpkin pie.

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

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    1. Definitely not good! The sprinkles and cases are from Asda.
      Ooh I've never tried pumpkin pie but I would love to one day! x

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  8. These look so pretty! I don't like cupcakes (or cake) but I would def make these in my spare time for my friends and coworkers!

    xo Jenn | Hello Wench

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    1. Aw yay, I'm sure they would love you even more for that!

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  9. These sound soooo good (besides the first exploding version haha). I tried to make pumpkin spice now sugar muffins yesterday and they were ... bitter :( but that's what I get for trying to be healthy haha. Now craving some 'proper' ones, as these look yummy!

    http://fourcatsplusus.co.uk - Amy x

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    1. Oh no! I'm hopeless at using new recipes, I'd rather just stick to the classics so I know they'll be good haha, but we learn from it I guess! x

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  10. Is it too late to make these....considering halloween has gone...

    icarus-city.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. These look absolutely delicious and the decoration is adorable ^.^

    Tore | atinymew.com xo

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