Inspired by one of our favourite Halloween activities- Pumpkin Carving, Blanch and I decided to use the leftovers to create a pumpkin cake to be enjoyed long after the Halloween weekend. The recipe is super similar to a carrot cake but using the inside of a pumpkin instead as well as orange zest and sultanas for added texture. Using pumpkin flesh gives the cake an amazing deep orange colour thats perfect to serve to all your ghostly guests over the Halloween weekend and beyond.
In order to create this spooktacular cake you will need the following ingrediants;
For the Cake-
300g self raising flour
300g light muscovado sugar
3 tsp mixed spice
2 tsp bicarbonate soda
4 eggs/ beaten
200g butter, melted
Zest 1 Orange
1 tbsp orange juice
500g pumpkin or butternut squash flesh
For the Frosting-
200g soft cheese
100g icing sugar
Zest of 1 orange and juice of half
Whilst the oven is heating up to 180c/ fan, butter and line a baking or small roasting tin with baking paper. Next put the flour, sugar, spice, bicarbonate soda, sultanas and salt into a large bowl and stir to combine.
Beat the eggs into the melted butter, stir in the orange zest and juice, then mix with the dry ingredients till combined. Once all combined stir in the pumpkin. Pour the batter into the tin and bake for 30 minutes, or until nice and golden on top.
To make the frosting, beat together the cheese, butter, icing sugar, orange zest and 1 tsp of the juice until smooth and creamy. Then set inside the fridge to cool.
Once the cake is baked and smelling delicious, cool for 5 minutes then turn onto a cooling rack. Prick it all over with a skewer and drizzle with the rest of the orange juice while still warm and then leave to cool completely.
To finish spread the frosting over the top of the cake and enjoy!
In our eyes spooky themed decorations are one of the best bits of Halloween, its the perfect excuse to unleash your inner goth and go to town turning your home into the scariest haunted house for the holiday. Making your own Halloween decorations is super easy and a great excuse to have your friends over for an evening of crafting over a couple of drinks. See below for some of our favourite homemade decorations ideas from the Halloween weekend.