Sorry for the flurry of recipe posts but I had some deadlines to meet. I’m entering some Halloween recipe contests.
When I read about a recipe contest, I immediately thought about those pumpkin bread cakes with nutella filling I previously made using this pan.
I really wanted to make them look like jack-o’-lanterns rather than just pumpkins, so I set about making jack-o’-lanterns.
I changed the recipe up a little. These cakes have a lighter crumb compared to my previous version. The nutella filling inside is a delicious surprise that works well with the cake.
For the decorations, I used ready-made icing frosting by Betty Crocker that I bought at the store. It even comes with four icing tips including one to make leaves. So used that tip to pipe some green leaves on each pumpkin. Then I took an edible black pen to draw the eyes and the mouth. I think these came out pretty cute while still fitting the Halloween theme.
Jack-o-lantern Pumpkin Cakes with Nutella Filling
Yield: 12 pumpkin cakes
3/4 cup of sugar
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup Nutella
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Combine the sugar, oil, pumpkin and eggs in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon. Add flour mixture to the wet mixture and mix on high speed for about 5 minutes until batter is smooth and no clumps of flour remain.
2. Grease cupcake pumpkin molds. Spoon batter into each mold until about 1/2 full. Add one heaping teaspoon of Nutella into the middle of each mold. Spoon more batter into each cupcake liner so that the Nutella is covered and cupcake molds are about 2/3 full.
3. Bake in preheated oven for approximately 15-20 minutes or until tops are firm and a toothpick inserted on the side comes out clean. If you insert it where the Nutella is, only melted Nutella should cling to the toothpick and not uncooked batter crumbs.
4. After cakes have cooled, use ready made green icing to pipe leaves on top. Decorate jack-o-lantern faces with edible black pen.