Halloween's come and gone - is your pumpkin still hanging around? Here are our three favourite ways to use up your pumpkin to avoid food waste.
1. Pumpkin Spice Cake
2. Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins
Friend of 280 Bakes, Louise G, sent us this recipe for Paleo Double Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins - sooo tasty! Remember, paleo (no flour or refined sugar) cakes don't rise as much, so full your muffin cases well.
1 cup creamy almond butter
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
(we used golden syrup - they're interchangeable here)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (plus extra for topping)
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and line a 12 cupcake tin with paper cases. Mix all the ingredients bar the chocolate chips) in a bowl - should be a fairly thick batter. Fold in the chocolate chips and divide the mixture into the 12 cups. Sprinkle with extra chocolate chips, if desired - we like this touch!
Bake for about 20 mins until the cakes are firm to the touch. Allow them to cool before serving.
3. Chocolate Pumpkin Brownies
No collection of sweet pumpkin recipes is complete without a recipe for brownies. Pumpkin is perfect for using in this kind of bake, and the brownies don't stick around long after they've baked - they're perfect snacks. This recipe uses less butter (replacing it with cream cheese) and recommends sprinkling them with walnuts, but we like them with almonds too.
Don't let that pumpkin go to waste - get baking!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
Halloween is one of our favourite times of year - there's so much creativity in cake baking on a spooky theme!
Take a look at what went down at 280 Bakes this year - all in good natured spooky fun!
Even the office pup got into the spirit of things!
Check out our recent blog post where our bakers shared their favourite scary movies of all time - have you seen them all yet?
Cakes and cupcakes, pumpkins and fancy dress - the team pulled out all the stops for our customers and party guests! Special thanks to Roberto for being such an awesome party co-host. <3
Roll on next year for more spooky fun!
Halloween is but five days away and we're getting ready for family fun - and it's not all about cake!
Fancy dress parties, Trick or Treating, pumpkin carving... We're doing the whole caboodle here at 280 Bakes! Let's check in with our bakers to find out what their favourite scary movies are - let us know yours too by commenting below.
Louise (280 Bakes owner) recently watched the new 'IT' movie and claims it's "the most terrifying thing" she's seen in a long time - well recommended if you like peering out from behind your sweaty hands! "I saw the original when I was too young," she says, "but I still summoned the courage to watch it again - 20 years later!"
Our Kayleigh still loves 'Hocus Pocus' - an oldie but a goodie!
Our most recent recruit, Lorna, says the 1984 classic 'Nightmare on Elm Street' isn't scary any more, but she just loves it. Another one from a childhood viewing - we were determined to have nightmares!
Baker Debbie steers clear of scary movies in general - and that seems pretty sensible to us, with two small children! - but they do confess to enjoying a night in with the "freaky yellow minions" from time to time! But, yes, Debbie, your love of 'Gremlins' counts, good one!
Have you seen these movies? What did you think?
If you need something to nibble on while you're having a scare-fest, cosy in your living room, why not order some Halloween themed cakes from us? They're available for 'standard', vegan and gluten free diets.
The Team @ 280 Bakes
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