Me and my mum always celebrate Easter but it wasn't until this year that I realised all the baking opportunities! I just had to find something that used the iconic mini eggs! And so the Mini Egg Cupcakes were born (or should I say baked!) They were fun to make as I love the smell of chocolate cupcakes baking in the oven and I one or two eggs make have cheekily found their way into my mouth. Also, the actual cupcake has a lovely consistency and goes together really well with the fluffy butter cream. These were baked for my Godmother and her family, whom we always see at Easter. They went down very well for after dinner despite in being spoilt by her fabulous cooking!
This recipe is from one of my favourite books Cupcakes by Susanna Tee. This also had the recipe in for my Light and Fluffy Lemon Cakes.
For the cupcakes:
115g (4oz) Butter, at room temperature ( I used Stork Margarine)
115g (4oz) Caster Sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
85g (3oz) Self- Raising White Flour
25g (1oz) Cocoa Powder
Preheat the oven to 180oC/350oF/Gas Mark 4. Put 12 baking cases into a bun tray.
Place the butter and sugar into a bowl and beat together until light and fluffy. For best results, use an electric hand mixer. Sift in the flour and cocoa powder and fold in the mixture. To see how to fold, click here. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until just under half full.
Bake the cupcakes in for 15-20 minutes until well risen and firm. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
For the icing:
85g (3oz) Butter, at room temperature (I used stork)
175g (6oz) Icing Sugar, sifted
1 tbsp Milk
2-3 drops of vanilla essence
2 130g packs of Cadbury's Mini Eggs (or equivalent)
Put the butter into a bowl and beat until fluffy. Add a third of the icing sugar and beat together until well combined. Repeat for the remaining icing sugar. Add the milk and vanilla extract and beat in well.
Put the icing into and icing bag, fitted with a large star nozzle and pipe around the edge of the cupcake to create a "nest" Place 3 eggs in the centre of each nest. I experimented and used a large star nozzle to get the lined effect on the nest but also used a different star nozzle to create the swirly look in the picture below.
The Swirly Effect.
The Lined Effect.
The large Star Nozzle.
The Swirly Star Nozzle.
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