Annabel Karmel’s Pumpkin Muffins

  • Makes 12

How to make Pumpkin Muffins for Halloween - and create different scary faces on each cupcake


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 sultanas
  • 125g pumpkin, peeled and grated

For the decoration…

  • 1 tub ready made buttercream
  • Orange food colouring
  • Chocolate flavoured Writing icing
  • 150 g ready to roll white icing
  • Green food colouring
  • Brown food colouring



  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 180C. 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

    Remove the muffins from the muffin tin and leave on a wire rack to cool completely.

  • Step 5

    Meanwhile colour two-thirds of the ready-to-roll icing green and one-third brown. Roll out the green icing and shape into 12 leaves. Use a toothpick to draw the veins on the leaves. Shape the brown icing into 12 stalks.

  • Step 6

    Colour the buttercream orange and spread the icing over the cupcakes.

  • Step 7

    Decorate with eyes, noses and mouths using the chocolate flavoured writing icing and then add the leaves and stalks to the pumpkins.

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