Pumpkin Cupcakes!

This week we bring you some seriously yummy cupcakes, light and moist with delicious cream cheese frosting to finish. You can even make a dairy and gluten free version, using coconut oil instead of butter and gluten free flour - they'll turn out just as amazing!

Ingredients

175ml sunflower oil

175g light muscovado sugar

3 large free-range eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

200g coarsely grated pumpkin flesh

grated zest 1 orange

200g self raising flour

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

2tsp ground cinnamon

100g sultanas

For the frosting

200g tub full-fat cream cheese

85g icing sugar

blueberries or toasted chopped pecans to decorate (optional)

Method

1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tray with paper cases.

2. 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.

3. Stir in the cinnamon, flour and bicarbonate of soda, the mixture will be quite wet. Spoon into the cases.

4. 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.

5. To make the frosting, beat the cream cheese and sugar together until smooth then spread on top of the cupcakes.

6. Leave plain or decorate with blueberries or toasted pecans. Store in the fridge, but return to room temperature to serve for the best flavour and texture.

Enjoy X

Recipe from Good Food Magazine, October 2011

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