Pumpkin & Dark Chocolate Muffins with Orange Mascarpone Frosting

Serves: 12
Preparation time: 35 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins


  • 240g pumpkin
  • 180g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 130g wholemeal flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 120g dark chocolate chips
  • 120g soft brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 100ml natural yoghurt
  • 275ml milk
  • 60ml Mild and Light Olive Oil

For the frosting:

  • 300g mascarpone cheese
  • 120g icing sugar
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tsp orange juice


Preheat the oven to 200C. Line a 12-hole deep muffin tin with paper cases.

Peel the pumpkin, discard the seeds and cut into even sized pieces. Put into a pan, cover with cold water, bring to the boil and cook until tender, for approximately 20 minutes.

Drain the pumpkin and puree the flesh with a potato ricer or with a potato masher. Leave to cool.

Sift the self raising flour with the baking powder and bicarbonate into a large bowl. Mix in the wholemeal flour, salt, cinnamon, chocolate chips and sugar.

In another bowl mix together the eggs, yoghurt, milk and Mild and Light oil. Stir through the pumpkin puree.

Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together lightly, just enough to bring all the everything. Be careful not to over mix.

Divide the batter evenly between the 12 paper cases and cook in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out dry. Leave to cool on a cooling rack.

To make the frosting, sieve the icing sugar into the mascarpone, add the orange juice and 1/2 of the grated orange rind. Whisk the ingredients together.

Spread the topping evenly over the cooled muffins and finish by sprinkling the remaining orange zest over the top.