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Ginger cupcakes with treacle icing
Ginger is a spice that is perfect for Autumn. Not only is it golden in colour, like the leaves on the trees, but it has a number of health benefits. Colder weather brings colds and flu and ginger is a powerful antibacterial that helps boost your immunity. Ginger also acts as an anti-inflammatory which helps decrease joint pain. It is also one of the most effective herbs for treating digestive problems and can be used to treat motion sickness and morning sickness.
Treacle has long been associated with Halloween and bonfire night. Most of us are familiar with treacle toffee, a hard brittle toffee that needs to be smashed into pieces before it is eaten. In Scotland a Halloween game involves hanging treacle covered scones from trees. Participants have to take a bite out of the scone with their hands tied.
Ginger cupcakes are reminiscent of parkin, a gingerbread cake made with ginger and black treacle which originated in northern England. The treacle icing sets the cupcakes off perfectly making the perfect bite sized snack for Bonfire night.
Ginger cupcakes with treacle icing recipe
- 120g plain flour
- 70g dark demarara sugar
- 70g golden caster sugar
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp black treacle
- 40g butter
- 120ml milk
- 1 egg
- For the icing
- 250g icing sugar
- 80g butter
- 2 tsp treacle
- splash of milk
- Preheat the oven to 170C Gas Mark 3
- Cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy
- Mix in the rest of the ingredients until well combined and smooth
- Share the mixture between 12 cupcake cases
- Bake for 20 minutes until firm
- Leave to cool
- To make the icing mix the butter and sugar together until fluffy, adding a little milk if needed
- Add the treacle and stir until combined
- Top each of the cakes with the icing.
If you are looking for other ideas for Halloween food then I have some Halloween party food ideas that are simple to make.