I was having a mooch round our local garden centre about a month ago when I saw this baking tin which instantly reminded me of mini pumpkins.
I’d been planning on doing some kind of pumpkin cake for Halloween this year anyway, so when I saw this tin, it had no choice but to come home with me so I could trial it out.
I had a picture in my mind of what these pumpkin cakes looked like and honestly, this tin made them the perfect shape. So, I obviously had to share it with you guys today.
I wanted to make a really simple Halloween pumpkin this year and I think these are just right. They are simple to make, simple to decorate and look like proper mini pumpkins (if I do say so myself haha).
Plus, this carrot cake recipe? It’s my aunties and it’s full-proof. The best carrot cake I’ve ever tried.
So if your looking for something simple to bake with your little ones this Halloween or you just want something quick and easy to make last minute for something like a party, I think today’s bake will be the answer to all your prayers…
Category: Sweet Treat
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 Minutes
Decorating Time: 20 Minutes
Overall Time: 65 Minutes
Equipment You Need:
- Webake Mini Ring Cake Tin: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Webake-Muffins-Cupcake-Bronnies-Pudding/dp/B074DM32HC/ref=mp_s_a_1_35?dchild=1&keywords=fluted+ring+12+hole+baking+trays&qid=1630688540&sr=8-35
Ingredients You Need For Cakes:
- 2 Large Eggs
- 150ml Of Cornoil
- 175g Of Soft Brown Sugar
- 112g Of Self-Raising Flour
- 112g Of Carrot, Grated
- 112g Of Walnuts, Finely Chopped
- 1tsp Of Cinnamon
- 1tsp Of Vanilla Extract
Ingredients For Decorating:
- 100g Of Unsalted Butter, Softened
- 100g Of Icing Sugar
- 200g Of Full Fat Cream Cheese
- 2 Drops Of Orange Food Colouring
- Green Fondant Icing
How To Make Carrot Cake:
- Firstly, gather together your equipment and ingredients, grease your baking tin with butter and preheat the oven to 200C / 180C Fan / Gas Mark 4.
- Secondly, in a large bowl, whisk together the 2 eggs, 150ml of cornoil, 1tsp of vanilla extract and 175g of brown sugar until throughly mixed.
- Next, using a large metal spoon, fold in the 112g of self-raising flour and 1tsp of cinnamon.
- Then, fold in the 112g of grated carrot and 112g of finely chopped walnuts.
- Place the cake mixture into a piping bag, cut the tip of the piping bag off and pipe the cake mixture into the tin.
- Now, place your baking tin into the oven and bake for around 20 minutes until risen and firm. You’ll know it’s cooked when you place a skewer into the centre of the cake and it comes out clean.
- Once baked, leave in the tin to cool for 10 minutes before transferring the cakes onto a wire rack to further cool.
How To Decorate Carrot Cakes:
- In a medium sized bowl, using an electric whisk, whisk the 100g of softened unsalted butter until paler in colour, soft and an even consistency.
- Next, using the electric whisk, beat in the 100g of icing sugar until a buttercream is made.
- Now, add in the 200g of full fat cream cheese and using a wooden spoon, slowly mix into the butter cream (TIP: don’t use an electric whisk for this, you don’t want the mixture to become too loose).
- Add in 2 drops of orange food colouring and fold it into the cream cheese.
- Once your cream cheese is made and coloured, place into the fridge for 10 minutes.
- When the 10 minutes is up, take out the fridge. Using a palette knife, spread the cream cheese over the top of the mini carrot cakes and fill the centre (TIP: do a thick layer of cream cheese so the colour is prominent).
- Finally, now that your carrot cakes are frosted, using a small amount of green fondant, roll into a stem and place into the centre of the pumpkins.
That’s your Carrot Cake Pumpkins prepared, baked, decorated and ready for you to enjoy!
How cute are these though?
What I love about today’s bake is that they aren’t perfect. They aren’t perfectly decorated and honestly… I don’t think they need to be. Pumpkins come in all shapes, sizes and colours so I think having these pumpkin cakes be a little ‘rough’ around the edges adds to vibe.
Let me know if you end up making these yourself and what your thoughts are on them! Did you have fun making them?
Sending you all tons of love & hugs as always,