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Spooky Butternut Cupcakes

Prep Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • ¼ cup oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or essence
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 cup mashed roasted butternut see below for tip°
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup dessicated coconut
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Finely grated zest of ½ orange

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 150 g cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup icing sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp orange juice

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 190°C. Line a medium 12-hole muffin tray with paper cases.
  • In a large bowl, mix all remaining dry ingredients until combined. Gently fold wet ingredients through dry ingredients until just combined. (Do not over mix, or cupcake sponge will be heavy).
  • Spoon mixture into paper cases, filling to the top. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until a skewer inserted in the centre of cupcakes comes out clean.
  • Let cupcakes stand for a few minutes before turning out to cool on a wire rack. Leave to cool.
  • In a medium bowl, mix all cream cheese icing ingredients until combined.
  • To serve spread icing over cooled cupcakes.

Notes

Tip:
Peel 350g butternut and dice into 2.5cm cubes. Roast at 180 degrees Celcius for 30 minutes or until soft. Turn once during cooking. Leave to cool and then mash.