Halloween Pumpkin Mini Cakes

Makes 6
Halloween Pumpkin Mini Cakes
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    For the cake sponge

    • 100g Siúcra Rich Dark Sugar
    • 120g unsalted butter, softened
    • 2 eggs
    • 150g self-raising flour
    • 70g dark chocolate, melted
    • 3 tbsp milk

    For the filling

    • 120g butter
    • 200g Siúcra Icing Sugar
    • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
    • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1 orange, zest only

    • Siúcra Roll Out Icing, for the stems and leaves of the pumpkins
    • Orange colouring
    • Gold shimmer dust (optional)

    • Materials - mini bundt baking tray

    1.    Preheat the oven to 180°C /Fan160°C/Gas 4. Brush the mini bundt cake tray very generously with melted butter.
    2.    To make the cupcakes, cream the Siúcra Rich Dark Sugar and butter until pale and fluffy. Whisk in the eggs.
    3.    Fold in the flour, melted chocolate and milk to form a batter.
    4.    Spoon the mixture into the tray and bake for about 8 to 11 minutes until cooked i.e. when a skewer is inserted in and it comes out clean.  Allow them to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning them out onto a rack to cool completely before sandwiching them together.
    5.    To make the butter cream, cream the butter, Siúcra Icing Sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon and orange zest together until smooth and light.
    6.    To assemble, when the cakes are cold, to form a “pumpkin”, sandwich the bases of two mini cakes together with buttercream. 
    7.    Knead an orange colour paste into the Siúcra Roll Out Icing Sugar. Shape out 6 pumpkin stems and leaves to decorate the cakes.
    8.    Place on the “pumpkins” and dust with golden shimmer.

    Recipe supplied by Catherine Fulvio