Pumpkin and California Walnut Cupcakes

Light and full of flavour, these punchy pumpkin cupcakes are a great idea for National Cupcake Week (18th-24th September)! 

Brought to you by California Walnuts

These pumpkin cupcakes from California Walnuts are a great addition to afternoon tea (and perfect eaten on their own, too).

Ingredients

For the base

  • 80g California Walnuts
  • 40g brown sugar
  • 20g butter, melted

For the cupcakes

  • 200g nutmeg pumpkin, peeled and chopped
  • 140ml orange juice
  • 200g low-fat cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • small pinch of ground nutmeg, cloves, allspice and ginger
  • 80g sugar
  • 1 packet of vanilla sugar
  • 30g flour
  • 40g breadcrumbs
  • ½ tsp baking powder

For the topping

  • 75g California Walnuts, chopped
  • whipped cream
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Equipment

  • 12 cupcake cases

Instructions

1
Preheat the oven to 175°C.
2
Grate the pumpkin, then place into a medium saucepan along with the orange juice and cover leaving to simmer for 15 minutes. 
3
Next, place the contents of the saucepan into a blender and whizz to create a puree, then leave aside.  
4
To make the base, toast the California walnuts in a dry pan over a low heat until golden brown, stirring frequently. Then crush the California Walnuts into smaller pieces, place into a medium sized bowl and mix with the brown sugar and melted butter. 
5
Line a 12-hole muffin tray with the cupcake cases. Divide the base mixture between them and push down firmly.  
6
Beat the cream cheese with the eggs, sunflower oil, spices, sugar, vanilla sugar and pumpkin puree until you get a smooth mixture. 
7
Add in the flour, breadcrumbs and baking powder and beat together. 
8
Divide the mixture between the cupcake cases. Bake in the oven for about 30-35 minutes or until risen, and a skewer comes out clean. 
9
Leave the cupcakes to cool, then place in the fridge for around 2 hours to set.  
10
For the topping, add whipped cream to each cupcake, along with a pinch of cinnamon and a sprinkle of chopped California Walnuts. 

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