About this recipe:These cute Easter cupcakes are decorated with chocolate buttercream and chocolate strands to make a nest, with each nest holding three chocolate eggs in the centre. Kids will love to help make these Easter cupcakes!
Preheat the oven to 190 C / Gas 5. Line 3 mini muffin tins with paper cases.
Combine the flour, butter, sugar, eggs and cocoa powder in a large bowl. Mix with an electric hand-beater until smooth.
Spoon the mixture into the paper cases, filling them 3/4 full. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the sponge mixture feels firm when you touch it. Remove from the oven and cool.
To make the icing: Cream butter until light and fluffy. Stir in the cocoa and icing sugar alternately with the milk and vanilla. Beat to a spreading consistency. Add more icing sugar or more milk to achieve desired consistency, if needed.
Spread or pipe the icing on top of each cooled cupcake, leaving some of the cupcake's edge showing, to create a nest. Press chocolate strands into edges of the nests; place 3 mini chocolate eggs into each nest. Enjoy!!
In a pinch you can start with shop-bought chocolate cupcakes and just concentrate on the fun of decorating!
I made this with my grandaughter this afternoon the cake mix ws heavy so added a few tbls of hot water to the mix, it was ok. Then the butter icing 600g of icing sugar no I used half of it and it was light and fine.
Mostly made by 10 year old! - 14 Apr 2014