Savoury muffins are delicious with sweet icing – and these savoury muffins also contain pumpkin, so are a great way to use up that scooped-out flesh from your Halloween lanterns...


For the muffins

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

For the decorations

  • vanilla frosting
  • green food colouring
  • white fondant icing
  • black fondant icing (or white fondant icing mixed with black food colouring)


  • STEP 1

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan), 350°F or gas mark 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with muffin cases

  • STEP 2

    Measure all of the ingredients into a free-standing electric mixer. Mix until blended

  • STEP 3

    Spoon the mixture into the cases and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, until well risen and lightly golden on top

  • STEP 4

    Place the muffins on a wire rack to cool. While they're cooling, colour about half of the vanilla 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

  • STEP 5

    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. Add the eyes to the green frosting on top of the muffins, to make faces. Then roll out some black fondant icing, cut out some curly eyebrows and moustaches and add them to the faces to give them some proper monster personality

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