These spicy morsels will be the hit of your Halloween party. To save time, use purchased frosting in place of homemade. You'll find everything you need such as candies and sprinkles at your local bulk food store, to make "spook-tacular" decorated cupcakes.
1/4 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup Ontario pumpkin purée
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp each baking powder and cinnamon
1/2 tsp each baking soda, ground ginger and nutmeg
1/4 tsp each ground cloves and salt
Decorator Frosting (recipe below)
1/2 cup butter, softened or shortening
4 tsp lukewarm water
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups icing sugar
Step 1: In large bowl, using electric mixer beat together butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg, pumpkin, milk and vanilla.
Step 2: In small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Add to pumpkin mixture, beating until smooth.
Step 3: Spoon into paper-lined or greased muffin cups, filling 3/4 full. Bake in 350°F oven for 25-30 minutes or until top feels firm and toothpick inserted into centre comes out clean. Let cool completely on rack. Frost and decorate as desired.
Step 1: In medium bowl, using electric mixer beat together butter, water and vanilla until smooth. Gradually beat in icing sugar until smooth. Add colour as desired. Pipe or spread onto cupcakes.