Spiced pumpkin and turkey (happy Thanksgiving!)

Spiced pumpkin chai cupcakes and chocolate turkeys

I love having an excuse to bake something new! Thanksgiving (even though we don't celebrate this in Australia) was a chance to try out something a little bit different. The pumpkin chai cupcakes were a big hit - some people liked them so much that they cam back for seconds and thirds!
thanksgiving cupcakes

Making the cakes:

These cupcakes were inspired by this recipe from food52, I ended up using:

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 120g butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 500 g pumpkin pie mix
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
This made heaps of batter, enough for about 30 medium cupcakes.

pie mix from an American store
heaps of batter
the pumpkin cupcakes cooling

Decorating - Chai frosting:

I basically followed the frosting recipe and instructions from the food52 recipe. For the chai syrup I used used brown sugar instead of white. I used a plain round tip to pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes, and added a piece of candy corn to finish.

chai syrup ingredients

sugar starting to dissolve 

finished syrup cooling
frosting ready to be combined

chai cream cheese frosting
frosted cupcakes
pumpkin chai cupcakes with candy corn decoration

Decorating - Chocolate turkeys:

These super cute turkeys are from a blog I follow called Whipped (http://whippedbaking.com). They are made with candy corn, white chocolate bits with black fondant for eyes and chocolate sprinkles. I used chocolate cream cheese frosting.

white chocolate bits for the eyes
dark chocolate fondant for the heads, black vanilla fondant on white chocolate bits for the eyes with candy corn beaks
turkey cupcake