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Annabel Karmel’s Monster Muffins

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Makes: 12
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 20-25 minutes


225g plain flour
1 tbsp baking powder
125g butter, softened
125g caster sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 egg
200ml milk
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
100g raisins
125g pumpkin, peeled and grated


1 tub vanilla frosting
Green food colouring
White fondant icing
Black fondant icing (or colour white fondant icing with black food colouring)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with muffin cases.
  2. Measure all of the ingredients into a free-standing electric mixer or bowl and whisk until blended. Spoon into the cases.
  3. Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes until well risen and lightly golden on top.
  4. Place the muffins on a wire rack to cool. Colour about half the frosting green using some of the food colouring. When the muffins are completely cool, swirl the green icing on top of the muffins using a piping bag with a plain nozzle.
  5. Make small balls of white fondant icing and flatten them to make the whites of the eyes. Make smaller balls of black icing and flatten them to make the pupils of the eyes. Roll out some black icing and use to make eyebrows and moustaches.

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