Halloween wouldn't be Halloween without pumpkins – and these fun muffins not only look like pumpkins, they're made of pumpkin, too! Flavoured with ginger and cinnamon and enriched with sultanas, their sweet buttercream icing is topped with fun pumpkin features pulling all kinds of scary faces


For the muffins

  • 225g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 125g caster sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 200ml milk
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 100g sultanas
  • 125g pumpkin, peeled and grated

For the icing

  • 100g butter, softened
  • 200g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • orange food colouring

For the decorations

  • 150g white ready-to-roll fondant icing
  • green food colouring
  • brown food colouring
  • black writing icing


  • STEP 1

    Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4/Fan 160°C. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with muffin cases

  • STEP 2

    Measure all of the muffin ingredients into a free-standing electric mixer. Whisk until blended. Spoon the mixture into the cases

  • STEP 3

    Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, until well risen and lightly golden on top. Remove the muffins from the muffin tin and leave on a wire rack to cool completely

  • STEP 4

    Measure all the icing ingredients, except the orange colouring, into a bowl. Whisk until fluffy. Now add the colouring to turn the buttercream orange

  • STEP 5

    Now colour two-thirds of the ready-to-roll icing green and one-third brown. Roll out the green icing and shape 12 leaves. Use a toothpick to draw the veins on the leaves. Roll out the brown icing and shape 12 stalks

  • STEP 6

    Spread the orange icing over the muffins

  • STEP 7

    Decorate each muffin with eyes, a nose and a mouth using the writing icing. Then add the leaves and stalks to complete the pumpkin effect

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