Monday, 23 October 2017

Easy Autumn Baking: The Top 5 Recipes To Try At Home This Halloween

Easy Autumn Baking Recipes - Skeleton Shortbread Biscuits & Pumpkin Spiced Cupcakes

Pumpkin season is in full swing. I've personally already carved up two for my doorstep, and have two more to decide on whether to carve, or decorate with paint and glitter.

But one of my other big pumpkin passions, is baking with them. Though it's more of an American Thanksgiving tradition, the last few years I've had a go at making pumpkin pie. Now one of my autumn highlights, this year I wanted to try experimenting with more pumpkin and autumn inspired recipes, and create an array of cinnamon spiced treats to tuck in to.

Easy Autumn Baking Recipes - Skeleton Shortbread Biscuits

Easy Autumn Baking Recipes - Pumpkin Spiced Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I ended up spending my Sunday morning in the kitchen, whipping up a batch of Skeleton Shortbread Biscuits and the Pumpkin Passion Cupcakes you'll find referenced below - mine look a little different since I decided to leave out the pecan nut topping, and instead opted for edible glitter. Are they Instagram worthy? Probably not. But I love the satisfaction I got from making something from scratch, and how relaxed it made me feel.

So having caught the baking bug, I let my belly do the browsing, and shortlisted five recipes (including the cupcakes I made photographed in this post) which I think sound utterly delectable, to add to my personal baking list.

Who doesn't love cupcakes? These spicy, cream cheese frosted cakes are about as autumnal as you can get. Plus they'd be perfect for impressing your colleagues at work.

Nothing sends me back to firework nights as a kid, quite like a sparkler or a toffee apple. Though my tastesbuds havent changed, these days the idea of biting into a rock hard, toffee-covered apple sends my mind into a frenzy, fearing emergency dental work. So what better way than to encapsulate the taste sensation of a toffee apple, than by putting it into a cake?

Plus if you're feeling brave, the option to create a showstopper, worthy of Great British Bake Off, is there by adding spun sugar. Though I saw the contestants have a go at that, and I don't think I'd have the same flair for it..

Sweet and spicy with ambitious tiering, this cake will look super cute on any cakestand this Autumn. I'm already picturing a slice of this with a cup of coffee on a Sunday afternoon, whilst I lounge about watching Netflix - perfection!

I must admit I haven't ever had s'mores, but have always loved the idea! These beauties combine succelent pumpkin, with melting marshmallows for an American taste sensation that'll help you keep warm by any fireside this Autumn.

And finally, what baking list would be complete without the addition of pumpkin pie? A must-have, October treat for me every year that all my friends and family enjoy too.

Easy Autumn Baking Recipes - Skeleton Shortbread Biscuits & Pumpkin Spiced Cupcakes

When I get round to making these I'll hopefully share them on Twitter if they haven't been a total disaster! I know sometimes it's hard to source cooking pumpkins for recipes, but thankfully all of these suggest switching pumpkin for butternut squash - I won't tell if you dont!

Until next time..


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