These chocolate muffins taste great and are always an eye-catcher at a kid's birthday party. For the decoration of the muffins, you can give your imagination free reign. You can stick Smarties on for the dots or use icing.
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For the muffins
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 level tsp baking powder
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 bar milk chocolate, grated
For the decoration
Red food colouring
Chocolate buttons or brown Smarties
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Method Prep:30min › Cook:25min › Ready in:55min
Grease a 12-hole muffin tin well and dust with flour, and preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
Beat the butter with a hand mixer until very fluffy. Gradually stir in the sugar and vanilla and mix well. Stir in the eggs one by one, while stirring well after each egg. Then stir in the milk.
Mix flour, baking powder and cocoa, seven and fold in to the mixture with a rubber spatula or scraper. Finally, fold in the chocolate.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin tin and bake in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes. Use a skewer to test if the muffins are done in the middle.
Allow the muffins to cool for 10 minutes in the tray, then carefully transfer them to a wire rack. Put 2 chocolate buttons into the still-warm muffins for eyes, then cool completely.
Mix the icing sugar with lemon juice to a thick icing. Colour with a few drops of red food colouring. Cover half of the muffins with the red icing for the body, make a line with the grated chocolate down the middle and use chocolate buttons or Smarties for the spots. Cover only a couple of muffins at a time with the icing before decorating with Smarties/chocolate chips as it sets quickly.
Allow the icing to dry and then hand them out to happy, smiling children!