Recipe: evil pumpkin patch cupcakes

Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes

The more evil a pumpkin the better so far as I’m concerned.

Outrageously for a blog with the word “cupcake” in the title, unless I’m mistaken, these are the first cupcakes to feature on here in eleven months.

I’m fairly ambivalent about cupcakes these days and have agonised with changing the name of the site… only I’ve never thought of anything better so it’s down to folks to realise that I am not a cupcake bakery. Well not very often at least.

Pumpkin cake pops

We do seem to have turned in a cake pop factory though. Or “Pop Cakes” as Ted calls them. Left with two tubs of cake pop balls after the last book shoot and supplied with some of the new Silver Spoon orange buttons (similar to Candy Melts), I set out to make some evil looking pumpkin cake balls.

Like the cookies in my last post, cake pops are also a project suitable for doing in stages with small children. You can roll the balls one day, dip them another (or let your children – as above!), decorate them yet another.

Pumpkin cake pops

Crucial to success is a block of oasis from the florist’s or a block of polystyrene. After making do with cake pops standing in Play Doh pots, I am now confirmed to the oasis method if only because I can pick several of them up at once without fear of them falling over!

The Silver Spoon orange buttons (also available in pink) are another example of supermarkets now stocking something that used to only be available in specialist stores or online; no more trekking to Hobbycraft or waiting days for parcels to arrive, you can now buy coloured buttons in mainstream stores.

I found them easy to use, they taste super, however I noticed that the finish was a bit uneven once they set. You get a more even finish with Wilton Candy Melts but I’d definitely buy these again for the convenience factor and flavour.

I also piped the faces on the pumpkins at this point although with Ted around forgot to photograph this bit.

Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes

Pumpkins mounted on sticks to dry, things took an evil turn the next day. I have on my mind all things green and with my current piping bag obsession, tinted some buttercream in lurid shades of green and at the suggestion of Helly (who frequently suggests all manner of useful things), stuffed two shades of buttercream into a piping bag at once to create a more interesting effect)

Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes

I used three types of food colouring; Bitter Lemon/Lime from Sugarflair for the lighter shade and a combination of Spruce Green from Sugarflair and Leaf Green from Wilton for the darker shade. The spruce is a bit muddy on it’s own and the leaf green too bright but mixed together they’re just right.

The buttercream is piped with a big star nozzle from a basic Tala piping bag set. The bag got wrecked long ago and I rely on plastic disposable ones for buttercream these days. Is there anything more unpleasant than washing out a greasy re-usable piping bag? I think not.

Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes

Now for the fun part. The pumpkin cake balls took on a whole new personality when pressed into their new buttercream pumpkin patch homes.

Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes

This is my favourite one. He looks really evil.

Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes

In fact let’s take a closer look. Grrr! What noise do evil pumpkins make? Do they howl? I’m sure I read somewhere in Peanuts that some evil dark spirit of the pumpkin patch makes dreadful howling noises leading up to Hallowe’en? (Whereas in Walthamstow Village it’s merely urban foxes)

Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes

This one looks grumpy. Possibly because there were no pumpkin patches left for him to sit on.

Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes

This one looks thoughtful. I’m not sure why but this looks like a Charlie and Lola type expression.

Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes

I named this one “Zippy”. If you’re a child of the 70s or 80s you’ll know why.

Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes

Here they are all together. The one at the front looks confused.

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Meanwhile a tiny person is looking impatient whilst he holds up a silver cake board as a reflector. (See I told you he was getting useful in the kitchen now!).

I thought it was time to reward him with a pumpkin cake ball!

And if you thought I’d gone completely evil, guess what… the chocolate cupcake cases are vegan.

The recipe was called “A Good Chocolate Cake” taken from the wonderful new Leon Baking and Puddings book recently sent to me to review. It’s a beautiful book and this is by no means in lieu of a review, I will gladly tell you more about it shortly, possibly there is already too much in this post today as it is!

If you really can’t face making your own pumpkin cake balls, why not CHEAT and just plonk the Silver Spoon buttons on a blob of buttercream on top of some little cakes. You don’t even need to make royal icing for the faces, you can squirt a bit of chocolate icing from a tube such as Dr Oetker.

I think that’s the most evil idea of all…


Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes

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    • Sarah, Maison Cupcake says

      Thank you! I don’t think I’ve seen cake pops for sale near me, maybe I should start selling them!

  1. says

    These are fab, and yes you should start selling them and then you could call yourself Maison Cakepop, or Maison Popcakes.

  2. says

    Fantastic! I love making cake pops with little helpers- can’t wait to get back to Sydney to have a bash with my niece at Christmas. Perhaps snowmen might work in a similar way…..

  3. says

    Love the bobblyness of your cake pops. Much more pumpkin like than the very uniform ones I have seen before! Lovely to see your boy helping too.

  4. says

    I recently got one of those blocks from the florist! she gave me some tissue paper to wrap around it for the photos so it looks pretty too!