To make these birthday muffins into Gummy Worm Cupcakes, frost with chocolate frosting, crush up chocolate cookies and sprinkle on top and decorate with gummy worms.
GUMMY WORM CUPCAKES or DEVILS FOOD BIRTHDAY MUFFINS
FOR THE MUFFINS
1 1/2 cups skim milk
juice of half a lemon
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups superfine sugar
2 2/3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 tablespoons cocoa
Pour the milk into a pitcher and squeeze in the lemon juice. Stir and let stand for a few minutes to sour. Heat the oven to 375F and line two regular muffin pans with liners.
Put the butter and half of the sugar into a large bowl and use an electric mixer to cream together until pale, light and fluffy.
Add the rest of the sugar, then gradually whisk in the eggs.
Sift half of the flour, baking soda, baking powder and cocoa onto the mixture and pour over half the soured milk. Whisk together, then whisk in the rest of the flour and milk.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin pans and bake for 20 minutes or until they are well risen, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Recipe adapted from 100 Magnificent Muffins and Scones, Felicity Barnum-Bobb, 2006