Easter Sunday is tomorrow and I simply couldn’t resist one last Easter themed bake. So here are my Vanilla Mini Egg Nest Cupcakes.
Delicious vanilla cupcakes, swirled with real chocolate buttercream, sprinkled with dark chocolate curls and mini eggs nestled in the centre.
These Vanilla Mini Egg Nest Cupcakes have the perfect balance of cake, chocolate buttercream and Cadbury’s mini eggs.
With ALL of the chocolate that is around over the Easter period I wanted a vanilla cupcake to provide balance. Don’t get me wrong I love a deep chocolatey cake, like my Chocolate Sparkle Cake but sometimes too much chocolate can be over powering!
I adore the crisp, vanilla shell on Cadbury’s mini eggs and wanted to echo that in the cupcake. Likewise, a lighter chocolate buttercream, piped on these cupcakes, works with the mini eggs, rather than swamping them.
These Vanilla Mini Egg Nest Cupcakes are an inexpensive way of making a few packets of mini eggs go a long way and are perfect to give as gifts. I personally love homemade gifts and these would be a very welcome gift indeed.
Wrapped in some cellophane, tied with raffia or ribbon, these portions of loveliness look so pretty. Good enough to eat in fact. My niece made a version of these and gave them to her teachers at Primary School as an end of term, Easter thank you. They were very well received!
Recipe: Makes 12 Vanilla Mini Egg Nest Cupcakes
100g/4oz Unsalted Buter at room temperature
100g/4oz Caster Sugar
1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey
1/8/pinch of Salt
2 Large Free Range Eggs
100g/4oz Plain White Flour – self raising can be substituted but don’t add the extra baking powder.
1tsp Baking Powder
For the Chocolate Buttercream
300g/11oz Icing Sugar – sifted
150g/5oz Unsalted Butter – softened
175g/6oz Milk Chocolate
2 packets of Cadbury’s mini eggs
Dark chocolate curls, or Cadbury’s flake (x2)
Method: Preheat the oven to 160C/145C fan, gas mark 3
- Place the butter and sugar into a bowl and whisk/beat until pale and fluffy.
- Add the vanilla extract and whisk/beat until incorporated.
- Next add 2 eggs, the sifted flour, baking powder and salt.
- Whisk/beat slowly until all the ingredients are just combined.
- Using a metal spoon stir the mixture 2-3 times to ensure everything is combined.
- Place 12 cupcake wrappers into a cupcake pan.
- Scoop just under a dessert spoonful of cake batter into each cupcake wrapper.
- Place the cupcakes into the centre of the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
- The cupcakes are cooked when they are a golden brown colour and spring back from a light touch.
- Once baked remove the cupcakes from the oven.
- If using tulip cupcake cases, as I have, allow to cool completely in the tin, if not cool for 5 minutes in the tin and then transfer to a cooling rack.
- Transfer cupcakes in tulip wrappers to a cooling rack once cold.
- Whilst the cupcakes are cooling the buttercream can be made.
- Break up the chocolate, place in a microwaveable bowl and heat on medium power for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until the chocolate is completely melted. Set to one side.
- Whisk the sieved icing sugar, butter and vanilla extract until pale and smooth.
- Add the cooled chocolate, whilst whisking. Continue whisking until you have light, fluffy, buttercream.
- Fit a piping bag with a large star tip.
- Fill the piping bag with the chocolate buttercream.
- Pipe a single swirl around the outside edge of each cupcake.
- Repeat, piping another swirl on top of the previous one.
- Sprinkle dark chocolate curls, or broken up Cadbury’s flake around the swirls of chocolate buttercream.
- Add mini eggs to the centre of the cupcakes.
- I kept my colours the same, for impact, however, they also look very natural when the colours are mixed – let you creative juices flow!
These Vanilla Mini Egg Nest Cupcakes are such an easy bake, yet look a lot more complicated – I can keep a secret if you can 😉.
Just a quick note about the tulip cupcake cases: they can be quite expensive, so I buy mine in bulk from Amazon UK. The price per wrapper is much cheaper. Better still, get together with a baking buddy and split the package and cost. I bought 100 a couple of years ago and still have plenty left!!
A delicious gift for anyone at Easter time, taking around an hour to make, bake and decorate. These can still be made in time for tomorrow.
As I said at the start of this post, Easter symbolises new birth. For me, as a Christian, that happened when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. If you would like to know more please see Important Stuff.
How you ever considered the true meaning of Easter and what it means to you?
If you have enjoyed these Vanilla Mini Egg Nest Cupcakes here are some other mini egg recipes:
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Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and blessed Easter.