Annabel Karmel

Mini muffin mice recipe

In a guest feature Annabel Karmel has put together a bonus recipe just for Ketchup! Let kids get creative in the kitchen by decorating these mini muffins. They’re simple to make and take just 15 minutes in the oven.

Ingredients (makes 24 mini muffins)

  • 150g self-raising flour

  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

  • 125g soft margarine (full fat)

  • 125g caster sugar

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 75g orange milk chocolate, chopped


  • Red writing icing

  • Chocolate buttons

  • Mini Smarties

  • Jelly beans


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Line a mini-muffin tray with 24 silicone muffin cases.

  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 chocolate. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases – each one should be about two thirds full.

  3. Bake for 12–15 minutes, or until a cocktail stick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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