Sunday, October 30, 2011

Easy Pumpkin Loaf for Halloween

So I spent today baking up a storm of Halloween goodies to take to work for morning tea tomorrow.

On the agenda was...

Pumpkin Loaf
Spider Web Cake
Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Cake Balls

For the pumpkin loaf you will need:

650g butternut pumpkin peeled and deseeded
100g softened butter
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
2 eggs
2 cups self-raising flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
1 tspn ground cinnamon
1 tspn mixed spice
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Preheat oven to 180°C and line your loaf tin with grease proof paper.

Cut the pumpkin into 4cm pieces and place in a microwave safe dish. Microwave on HIGH (100%) for 3 to 4 minutes or until pumpkin is tender. Mash until smooth and set aside to cool.

Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together.

Add eggs, beating until well combined.

Add pumpkin, flour, bicarb and spices. Beat on low until just combined.

Pour mixture into your prepared tin and smooth surface.

Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Stand in pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack.

This is a great recipe packed full of flavour and you can serve it warm or cold which makes it great for lunch boxes, morning teas or even breakfast!

And here is the spider web cake....I cheated and just used a packet chocolate cake mix and decorated it with vanilla buttercream, licorice and oreos!

Looks pretty cool hey!

Stay tuned because I'll post the recipe for the Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Cake Balls tomorrow!!

Em x

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