With pumpkins and squash in abundance in the supermarkets at the moment , I thought I would have a go at making something other than a cake or some soup with it. Having been sent a jar of ready made chilli sauce with cacao , I thought I would attempt my very first vegetarian chilli con carne.
Halloween is not far away now and there were so many bake ideas that I pinned last year, that I never had time to make, that I am already happily baking some now!! Knowing how much fun a pinata style cake is to not only make but serve, I thought that for Halloween it is the perfect excuse to make one because you can fill it with treats (and tricks if you were that way inclined!!) . Therefore, if you are having a party at home, the kids get to have treats with their cake which is what trick or treat is all about really.
These cute Jack o’ Lantern inspired Candy Filled Pumpkin Cakes are chocolate cakes that are baked inside orange cases! Perfect for some Halloween fun.
Halloween is a great opportunity to get creative in the kitchen and bake some fun cakes and party food. I have wondered for a while if it were possible to bake a cake in an orange and I thought that Halloween would be a perfect time to test this theory as the oranges could look a bit pumpkinish and would be fun for parties.
If you have any pumpkin flesh leftovers at Halloween, why not use them up in this delicious Pumpkin Traybake with a Maple Syrup Cream Cheese Frosting.
With Halloween fast approaching, homes across the land will be busy carving out pumpkins for their children. this means that there will also be an excess of pumpkin flesh left, which rather than throw away can be used up in soups, bakes and other meals. There are so many ways of using pumpkin in baking, but this Pumpkin Traybake with a Maple Syrup Cream Cheese Frosting, is very easy to make and tastes delicious too.
small bar of milk chocolate, grated
for the sponge
make a cup of black chai tea using 3 teabags and allow to stew for at least 5 minutes to get good flavour
Place all your dry ingredients in a bowl.
Beat together the oil and eggs and pour onto the dry ingredients and mix lightly.
Add the soaked sultanas and pumpkin/squash – a little bit of liquid will enter the mix which is ok but not too much else the cake batter will be too wet
Grease and line a large baking tin I used a round one due to it having a removable base!
(shallow square tin would ned to measure 20 x 30cm)
Pour batter into tin
and bake for 50-60 minutes approx until cake is cooked through and a skewer comes out clean
Once cooked remove and allow to cool
for the topping
Obviously you can make your own buttercream but I had a tub of the ready made that needed using up which I simply mixed with the cinnamon.
Once your cake is completely cooled, cover with the cinnamon and vanilla buttercream
Then scatter the grated chocolate over the top for garnish
And thats it! Its got a lovely fragrant spicy flavour, is very moist and the buttercream compliments it really well.
Chai Spiced Pumpkin Cake – yummy!
Thank you xx