These healthy Halloween pumpkin cupcakes are the perfect themed treat.


  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree

  • ¼ cup milk

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • ½ tsp ground ginger

  • ¼ tsp nutmeg

  • ¼ tsp allspice

  • Salt

  • 2 cups wholemeal plain flour

  • Icing

  • 60g light creamed cheese

  • 20g butter, softened

  • Orange food colouring

  • 12 Pretzel twigs


  • 1.

    Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius. Grease a mini muffin tray with butter (you will need approx. 24 moulds in the tray).

  • 2.

    In a medium bowl, beat together the olive oil and maple syrup with a whisk, then beat in the eggs. Mix in the pumpkin puree, milk, baking soda, vanilla extract, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and a pinch of salt.

  • 3.

    Add the flour and stir through until just mixed, don’t over mix.

  • 4.

    Distribute the mixture between 24 mini muffin holes. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top is golden and when a bamboo skewer inserted into a cupcake comes out clean.

  • 5.

    Remove the cupcakes to a wire rack and cool completely.

  • 6.

    To make the icing, beat together creamed cheese, butter. Add a few drops of food colour and mix, continue to add drops of colour and mixing until you have a pumpkin orange colour.

  • 7.

    Smear a heaped tablespoon of icing onto cooled cupcake with a butter knife and smooth out. Use the back edge of the knife to create 6 grooves from the middle of the cupcake to make the pumpkin look. Stick a pretzel twig into the middle of each cupcake to make the stalk of the pumpkin.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (24 servings)

  • Energy 119kj
  • Fat Total 5g
  • Saturated Fat 1g
  • Protein 2g
  • Carbohydrate 14g
  • Sugar 3g
  • Sodium 116mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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This recipe is part of Philips Sonicare for Kids Healthy Halloween campaign.

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