Are you excited for the spookiest of them all celebrations, darlings?
I have never been much bothered about Halloween because we never celebrated it when we were children and the first time I ever dressed up and joined the hype was in my first year at university. I love October as a month in general, with all the pumpkins, colourful leaves and my so favourite Pumpkin Spice Latte! Continuing the tradition I rushed through half of October without even thinking of Halloween until today… My friends did bring up the conversation of what our plans for the “fright night” were and now, I promise you, I am filled with enormous excitement! Everyone has already planned and got their costume and I still have no clue of what I am dressing up as and only now I realised there is just like under two weeks left! But the most important part is that we came up with a plan!
This year we decided to stay away from the typical students Halloween night out and have our own house party (we are all so grown now!) and we decided to organise it properly for once, not a last minute thing as we usually do. So now I am on a mission of digging interesting food recipes because moa is responsible for the Halloween treats! Earlier today I tried to make a Halloween Pumpkin Cake and it turned out great so I am going to share the recipe with you (I’d eat it any day even if it isn’t Halloween!!)
- Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter and line a 30 x 20cm baking or small roasting tin with baking parchment. Put the flour, sugar, spice, bicarbonate of soda, sultanas and salt into a large bowl and stir to combine. Beat the eggs into the melted butter, stir in the orange zest and juice, then mix with the dry ingredients till combined. Stir in the pumpkin. Pour the batter into the tin and bake for 30 mins, or until golden and springy to the touch.
- To make the frosting, beat together the cheese, butter, icing sugar, orange zest and 1 tsp of the juice till smooth and creamy, then set aside in the fridge. When the cake is done, cool for 5 mins then turn it onto a cooling rack. Prick it all over with a skewer and drizzle with the rest of the orange juice while still warm. Leave to cool completely.
- If you like, trim the edges of the cake. Give the frosting a quick beat to loosen, then, using a palette knife, spread over the top of the cake in peaks and swirls. If you’re making the cake ahead, keep it in the fridge then take out as many pieces as you want 30 mins or so before serving. Will keep, covered, for up to 3 days in the fridge.
I am not a fan of icing but this one isn’t that bad, however, I am going to make the cake again and experiment with something else!
Enjoy it everyone! 🙂 And if you have some interesting ideas for Halloween Costumes, please, be nice and share them with me!
And finally, excuse me please, dear people, for my mistakes! I found it rather difficult to gather up my mind and make much sense so I am certain my post is filled with some idiotic sentences. I will have a check tomorrow, but right now my eyes are closing against my will!
Have a good night everyone!