Friday, 2 April 2010

Easter Cupcakes

Firstly Happy Easter everyone :), hope you're all having a good time Easter Baking and enjoying all the chocolate eggs! I made two batches of different cupcakes this Easter, I was only only planning to make one batch but I had some things left over so I thought hey why not!! The first batch I made was Easter Nests, these were praline cupcakes topped with chocolate buttercream filled with chocolate eggs! I had some of the super cute mini mini eggs left over, so I decided I would make some Easter basket cakes as well, which I just finished off today, these were a chocolate cake with a mint buttercream to look like grass with a basket handle filled with mini mini chocolate eggs..and some mini chocolate eggs hehe!! The handles on the Easter baskets look a bit more like rainbows...but oh well never mind.. hehe!
Enjoy all your Easter Baking :D.

Chocolate Praline Easter Nest Cupcakes

Praline Cupcakes

1/3 cup butter, softened
2 cups sifted cake flour
1 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans

1. Cream softened butter in mixing bowl. Sift in flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
2. Add about half of the milk and the egg; mix until flour is thoroughly moistened. Beat for 2 minutes. Add remaining milk and the vanilla; beat 1 minute longer.
3. Stir in chopped pecans. Place paper baking cups in muffin cups and fill about 1/2 full with the batter. Bake at 375°F (170C) for 25 minutes, or until cupcakes spring back when lightly touched with finger.

Chocolate Buttercream
150g butter, softened
225g icing sugar
100g milk chocolate, melted
25g cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Beat butter until light, add icing sugar bit by bit, adding milk if necessary to stop it going dry.
2. Beat in milk chocolate and vanilla extract.
3. Sift in cocoa powder and beat in until incorporated and pipe onto cakes and top with chocolate eggs!

Chocolate Mint Easter Nests

Chocolate Cupcakes
115g unsalted butter, at room temperature
130g white granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
175g plain flour
35g cocoa powder
3 tablespoons Hershey's chocolate syrup
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
60ml milk

1. Preheat the oven to 175C and line a muffin tin with liners.
2. Cream the butter and the sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy, this should take about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract.
3. In a separate bowl combine the flour cocoa, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter and egg mixture, alternating with the milk and the Hershey's chocolate syrup. Beat in slowly until just combined, be careful not to overbeat!
4. Fill the muffin liners and bake for 18-20minutes or until a toothpick is inserted into the middle and comes out clean. Allow to cool in muffin tin for 5 minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack until completley cool.

Mint Buttercream
90g butter
150g icing sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
green food colouring

1. Beat butter until softened in a bowl on medium speed.
2. Add icing sugar alternating with milk, beat in extracts and food colouring.
3. Spread onto cakes in a "grass-like" style and place eggs and an appropriate sweet handle on the cake!


cookies and cups said...

these look fantastic! you should link these up on my peeps post and show them off!

Cakebrain said...

looks delicious! you can't go wrong with the kiddies when you make cupcakes like that! My kids would be all over those!

Gala said...

How cuteee! I love that they look like rainbows!

Snooky doodle said...

these look delicious!! and so nice!

Lisa Michelle said...

Gorgeous cuppycakes as always, Natalie, but I especiaslly love the chocolate praline cupcakes..and those nests are awesome!

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

So cute!!

Cupcake Crazy Gem said...

I love the way you made the nest with the frosting and put the eggs in the cute! and the rainbow handles are awesome!