Annabel Karmel’s Monster Muffins

  • Makes 12

Have some spooky fun decorating these for Halloween


For the muffins…

  • 225g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 200 ml milk
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 100g raisins
  • 125g pumpkin, peeled and grated

For the decorations…

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


  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4/Fan 160. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with muffin cases.

  • Step 2

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

  • Step 3

    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. 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.

  • Step 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.

For lots more fun ideas download Annabel’s Essential Guide to Feeding Your Baby & Toddler app. Access more than 200 delicious recipes, as well as a host of features to keep your family on track and enjoying meal times.

Download the new version from the App Store now or visit