Teddy Bear Cupcakes
The yoghurt and ground almonds keep these cupcakes lovely and moist. If you like you could spread the tops of the cakes with glace icing as in the Fairy Cakes although I like them plain.
The most enjoyable parties are the ones where children participate. Children like to play games and my children always loved the Sucking Smarties (M&Ms) game. Have a pile of Smarties (M&Ms) on a plate and some small bowls. The object of the game is to get as many Smarties (M&Ms) as possible into the bowl by sucking them on to the end of the straw and then letting them drop into the bowl. The one who gets the most Smarties (M&Ms) in their bowl in one minute is the winner. There are lots more great party games in my book Annabel Karmel’s Complete Party Planner
Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases and heat the oven to 190C / 170 C fan. Put the yoghurt, eggs and vanilla in a jug and mix together. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, ground almonds, baking powder and salt and make a well in the centre. Pour in the yoghurt mix and the melted butter and quickly fold in the ingredients but take care not to over mix. Finally, toss the raisins in a little flour and fold into the mixture.
Spoon the batter into the paper cases. The will be quite full and bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until risen and springy to the touch. Cool for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
To decorate, attach the Smartie or M&M eyes using a blob of Writing Icing and add a Jelly Tot for the nose. Fill in the pupils with Writing Icing and stick on chocolate buttons for the ears.
MAKES 12 TEDDY BEAR CAKES