Cathedral City mature butternut squash and chilli cupcakes

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Cathedral City mature butternut squash and chilli cupcakes
Liz McClarnon has chosen to use Cathedral City Mature to create this savoury cupcake, teamed with butternut squash and chilli - but don’t panic – this recipe is not just for spice lovers! The soft chilli flavours perfectly complement the distinctive smooth tones of the West Country Cathedral City cheddar Liz’s avant-guard creation brings a unique twist to the archetypal sweet cupcake. 

For the cupcakes:

2 eggs

175ml semi-skimmed milk

250g mashed, roasted butternut squash

125g Cathedral City Mature, grated

3 chopped spring onions

80g uncooked rolled oats

125g whole wheat flour

125g plain flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

2 tbsp. maple syrup

For the topping:

Chopped spring onions (the darker green part)

50g crème fraiche

50g soft cream cheese

Chilli flakes

Preheat the oven to 190°C and line a cupcake tray with 12 paper cases.

In a large mixing bowl combine the squash, milk and eggs.

In a separate medium bowl, sift together the flours, baking powder and salt, making sure they are evenly rubbed through. To this bowl, add the spring onions, Cathedral City Mature, oats and syrup and mix until evenly distributed. Pour in the egg mixture and mix until it is just about combined.

Fill the cupcake cases about 3/4 full with the mixture and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until they are a golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before adding the topping.

To make the topping, mix the crème fraiche and the soft cheese together until smooth. Pop this in the fridge for about 10 minutes to get it to a good piping consistency. Using a piping bag with a star tip, pipe small 50p sized tops onto the cupcakes.

Dress this with a couple of sprigs of chopped spring onion and a smattering of chilli flakes. These will keep in an airtight tin for 24 hours.

This recipe is brought to you by Cathedral City and created by Liz McClarnon

20 cupcakes

Preparation Time
15 minutes

Cooking Time
20 minutes

Main ingredients
Flour, Cheese

Recipe Type
Entertaining, Snacks, Cupcakes

Level of Difficulty

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