Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Halloween recipe: Monster muffins

Monster muffins

Want to keep the children entertained this Halloween? Annabel Karmel has some eye-popping ideas and devilishly delicious bites.

What you'll need

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

for Decoration

1 tub vanilla frosting

Green food colouring

White fondant icing

Black fondant icing (or colour white fondant icing black with black food colouring)

SERVES 12

Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas 5/375°F. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with muffin cases.

Measure all the ingredients into a free-standing electric mixer. Whisk until blended. Spoon into the cases.

Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes until well risen and lightly golden on top.

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.

Make small balls of white fondant icing and flatten them to make the whites of the eyes. Make smaller balls of black fondant 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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