Annabel Karmel’s mini muffin mice

  • Makes 24
  • A little work

Delicious toddler-size muffins that are great for cooking with children - especially the decorating part


For the muffins…

  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 2tbsp cocoa powder
  • 25g soft margarine
  • 25g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 75g milk chocolate (or orange chocolate if you can find it), chopped

For the decoration…

  • Red writing icing
  • Chocolate buttons
  • Mini chocolate buttons
  • Jelly beans


  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Line a mini muffin tray with 24 silicone muffin cases.

  • Step 2

    Sift the flour and cocoa powder into a bowl, and add the margarine, sugar and eggs. Beat using an electric hand whisk or free-standing mixer, until combined. Stir in the chopped orange chocolate. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases – each one should be about two-thirds full.

  • Step 3

    Bake the cakes for 12–15 minutes, or until a cocktail stick inserted into the centre of one comes out clean.

  • Step 4

    Allow the cakes to cool for a few minutes in the tray, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • Step 5

    Using the writing icing as glue, decorate the muffins with chocolate buttons for ears, mini buttons for eyes and jelly beans for noses. Finally, use the writing icing to draw on the mouths of the mice.

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