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Ghost cupcakes

Serves   12
Prep time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 15 - 20 mins

With a tasty pumpkin spice flavour, these easy to make cupcakes are the perfect Halloween treat.

  • Baking
  • Halloween
  • Cupcakes
Ghost cupcakes




  • 1 ½ cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp Gregg's Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Gregg's Ground Ginger
  • ¾ cup soft brown sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree (approx. 350g uncooked pumpkin)
Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 125g spreadable cream cheese
  • 2 ½ - 3 cups icing sugar
  • ½ tsp orange zest
  • Dark chocolate bits


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (fan assisted). Place paper cupcake cases into muffin tins. Alternatively grease a 12-cup muffin tin.
  2. Sift flour, baking soda, Gregg’s Ground Cinnamon and Gregg’s Ground Ginger into a mixing bowl.
  3. Whisk together brown sugar, vegetable oil, eggs and pumpkin puree until well combined. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in pumpkin mixture. Stir to mix.
  4. Spoon mixture into cupcake cases. Bake for 15-20 minutes until cooked and golden.
  5. Transfer to a baking rack to cool.
  6. Once cupcakes are cold, pipe cream cheese frosting onto the top of the cupcakes. Place 3 choc bits on the frosting to make the eyes and mouth.
Cream Cheese Frosting: 
Beat together cream cheese with 2 ½ cups of the measured icing sugar and orange zest until creamy. Add extra icing sugar if necessary to make a firm but piping consistency.

Top Tips:
To make pumpkin puree: peel and cut pumpkin into small pieces. Steam or microwave pumpkin until tender. Steaming helps reduce the amounts of retained water that you get when boiling. Puree in a food processor or mash until smooth.