Halloween Pumpkin Cupcakes

These Halloween cupcakes are well overdue now as I made them on Halloween itself for our Halloween party. They are slightly adapted from my cupcake calender and despite the decorating part being a bit fiddly, they went down a treat. With the cupcakes containing pumpkin puree and the addition of spices such as cinnamon and allspice, they are definitely a taste of autumn and Halloween!

Ingredients (makes around 16 medium sized cupcakes)

1 300g jar of pumpkin pieces (it´s very difficult to find here in Spain, I found it in Aldi but nearly ended up having to leave the pumpkin out which wouldn´t have been the same!)(use all pumpkin pieces but only added a little of juice from the jar)

1 1/2 cups plain flour

1tsp ground cinnamon

1tsp baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)

1 tsp baking powder

1tsp allspice

1 1/4 cups sugar (preferably caster)

1/2 cup olive oil (mild is best so doesn´t affect taste of cupcakes)

2 lightly beaten eggs

1/2 cup milk

orange & black fondant

Halloween cookie cutters

apricot jam


1. Puree the pumpkin pieces with a little of syrup/juice from jar in a blender-should make about 1 cup.

2.Preheat oven to 350ºF (175ºC) and place cupcake cases in muffin tray.

3. Mix all dry ingredients together.

4. Beat oil, eggs and milk in a large bowl and add pumpkin puree.

5. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir till well combined.

6.Spoon into cupcake cases and bake for 20-30 mins (depending on your oven).

7.When cool, brush with apricot jam. Cut out black and orange fondant circles using cookie cutters and stick on top of cupcakes.

8. Using Halloween cookie cutters cut out Halloween shapes in orange and black fondant. Brush with apricot jam and stick on top of fondant circles and voila you have some cute, scary(ish) Halloween cupcakes!

I used some Halloween cookie cutters I got at Target when I was in the USA, which were great for this project.However, it was a little fiddly as you had to cut out the eyes, nose and mouth with a knife so patience was definitely a virtue! Also, the cupcakes didn´t rise very much so I´m not sure if this was due to using olive oil but they tasted great,which is the main thing!


  1. They look fab! Well done on having patience to cut them out! Bet they smelt lovely when cooking too

  2. Thanks Anne!Yeah, was definitely very fiddly work particularly as I ended up having to rush them as was still making them almost right up until the party started!!x

  3. Qué ricos los cupcakes de calabaza!! los tengo en mi lista de pendientes. un biquiño

  4. Muchas gracias, Pilar! Me alegro mucho que te gusta! besos ; )


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