Halloween Pumpkin Cupcakes

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A carved pumpkin is a great Halloween decoration but none of us like wasting food unnecessarily so we’ve created ways of using up the leftover pumpkin flesh. In the past, we’ve made pumpkin soup and even found that roasted pumpkin seeds are great for snacking or to top a salad or finish off a soup. But, now we’re taking leftover pumpkin to a whole new level by entering the sweeter side of life with this recipe for Halloween Pumpkin Cupcakes! Eat these super-moist, tasty cupcakes straight from the tin or decorate them and serve at a Halloween Party. Go wild with your topping ideas whether it’s spider, witch, ghost or black cat inspired!

For more ideas on how to adapt the recipe for gluten free diets and also tips on how to best store, we’ve put together the answers to some frequently asked questions.

Frequently asked questions – Pumpkin Halloween Cupcake recipe

What texture does this Pumpkin Halloween Cake recipe make?

You’ll be making very moist cakes that retains a light sponge. It’s very similar in taste and texture to a carrot cake. After all it’s a vegetable cake!

How many cupcakes does this recipe make?

This recipe makes 12 generously sized cupcakes.

How should the pumpkin cupcakes be stored?

To keep them fresh, store these pumpkin cupcakes in an airtight tin.

How long will this pumpkin cupcake recipe keep?

Once baked and undecorated, the cupcakes will last up to 1 week.

Can you make ahead of Halloween and freeze the pumpkin cupcakes?

These cupcakes freeze really well so long as they are not decorated.

What additional ingredients can be added to the Halloween pumpkin cupcakes?

For added crunch and a nutty flavour, we’d recommend stirring in 75g of finely chopped walnuts into the mix at the same time as you fold in the grated pumpkin.

Can I make this recipe gluten free as well as dairy free?

Simply swap self raising flour with a gluten free alternative. You may need to add a 1/4 teaspoon of xantham gum if your mixture looks too wet. The xantham gum acts as a replacement to the gluten that you find in ‘traditional’ self-raising flour.

Why do you use two sorts of sugar in this recipe?

We’ve added a small amount of dark brown muscovado sugar as this adds a treacle flavour to the bake. If you love this flavour – then feel free to add more (but remember to reduce the amount of soft brown sugar making sure that the total amount used remains at 175g).

Decorate or dessert?

These cupcakes can be enjoyed as a dessert by gently heating in the oven or microwave (don’t over bake or over heat in the microwave as it’ll go rubbery). Enjoy with lashings of creamy custard and vanilla ice cream.

Decorate with fondant: Fondant can be used to make some great, fun toppers. You’ll seen some of our creations in the photos but you can make lots of fun toppings using the pliable fondant:

– mini fondant pumpkins, wrapped ‘Mummy’ style bandage fondant, witches hats, black cats, broomsticks or zombies –

Spider’s Webs are best made simply from icing sugar mixed with a couple of drops of water or stem ginger syrup for spice. Then, use a dark icing to make the ‘web’ effect.

How to make Cream Cheese Frosting – this could be coloured in traditional Halloween colours of oranges, greens and purples. Beat 100g butter until really soft and mix in 200g sifted icing sugar. Then add in 100g soft cream cheese. Add food colouring if preferred.

Halloween Pumpkin Cupcake

Spookily spicy, this Pumpkin Cupcake recipe is a great way to use up the leftovers from a carved Pumpkin. Decorate with kids for family fun.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 12 cupcakes


  • 125 g Muscovado or Light Brown Sugar
  • 50 g Dark Muscovado Sugar
  • 200 g Self-Raising Flour
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1.5 tsp Mixed Spice
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 Eggs
  • 150 ml Sunflower Oil
  • 200 g Pumpkin grated


  • 75 g Walnuts finely chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C /Fan 160°C / Gas 4.
  • Grease a 12 hole muffin tin or loose based mini sponge cake tin.
  • In a large bowl, mix the sugars, flour, bicarb and spices together.
    Dry ingredients for Pumpkin Cupcakes recipe
  • In a separate bowl or measuring jug, whisk in the eggs into the sunflower oil. No need to over whisk, just make sure the ingredients are mixed well.
  • Add the wet mix to the dry mix and stir until all of the ingredients are combined.
  • Fold in the grated pumpkin and walnuts if using.
  • Spoon out the batter into the greased baking tin.
  • Place in the centre of the oven and bake for 20 minutes – or into a skewer is clear.
  • Leave to cool completely in the tin before turning out.
    Freshly Baked Pumpkin Cupcakes
  • Have fun decorating with fondant, buttercream or frosting.
    Mummy Decorated Spooky Halloween Pumpkin Cupcake
Keyword Baking, Halloween, Leftovers
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