Golden Cloud Pumpkin Spiced Vanilla Cupcakes with Beacon White Chocolate Centre

The Christmas spirit is a time for kindness and joy and with Golden Cloud and Beacon, Christmas comes early on Expresso as we search for South Africa’s best baking duo.

Serves: 12
Time: 40 minutes
Recipe by: Thando Manyoni


500g Golden Cloud Vanilla Muffin Mix
225ml water
100ml sunflower oil
2 eggs
200g pumpkin cubes
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp all spice
12 Beacon white chocolate pralines

For buttercream:

1 cup butter, room temp
2 ½ cups icing sugar
2 tsp vanilla essence
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp milk
Cinnamon, for dusting


Preheat the oven to 180C prepare a baking sheet and 12 cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
Start by making the pumpkin puree; place the baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Cover with foil and roast for 20-30 minutes or until soft. Remove from the oven and place in a food processor and blend until completely smooth, allow to cool. Make the cupcakes; in a large bowl, combine the Golden Cloud cupcake mix, cinnamon, ginger and all spice. In a separate bowl, whisk together the water, sunflower oil, and eggs. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. Add one cup of the pumpkin puree and fold through. Spoon the batter into the cupcake liners ¾ full, press one Beacon white chocolate praline into each cupcake. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely. In the meantime, make the buttercream; whisk the butter in a large bowl using an electric mixer until fluffy. Gradually add the icing sugar until completely incorporated, add the vanilla and salt and whisk to combine. Place the buttercream in a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle. Pipe the buttercream over the cupcakes and dust with cinnamon.

Chefs Tip:The Golden Cloud cake makes it easy for anyone to bake! Their cake mix includes an icing pack and with the addition of a few ingredients, your cake our cupcakes will be ready in 40 minutes.

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