Chocolate Cupcake Nests

Easter is here, and with it comes multi-coloured eggs, lickle fluffy chicks and bunnies, and of course the obligatory mountain of chocolate. This year we decided, as if mini-eggs weren’t enough on their own, that what they really needed were chocolate cupcake nests of buttercream to sit in. Of course.

I love this recipe primarily because it gives me a chance to get my piping bag out; as far as I’m concerned a day without piping bags is a day wasted. Oh, and of course all the chocolate is ok too. Cupcakes are a delight because they are very hard to mess up, take hardly any time to bake, and look great. Whip up a batch of these for the kids and save a few for the grown-ups too!

Chocolate Cupcake Nests

Chocolate Cupcake Nests – Ingredients (makes 6)

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  • 70g / ½ cup self raising flour
  • 70g / ¼ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 70g / 1/3 caster sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

For the decoration

  • 2/3 cups icing sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 60g butter, room temperature
  • 1-2 drops vanilla essence
  • 18 mini eggs to decorate

Spooning Spoons Chocolate Cupcake Nests

Chocolate Cupcake Nests – Directions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 190⁰C. Sieve the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder into a small BrightSpring stainless steel bowl and mix well. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. All the egg and mix until combined.
  3. Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet mixture, beating well to ensure the batter is smooth and light. Spoon the mix into six silicone cupcake cases. Place onto a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes. Check the cupcakes with a skewer: if you skewer the cupcake and it comes out clean, they are ready. Leave to cool.
  4. Meanwhile, sieve the icing sugar and cocoa powder into a bowl. Add the butter and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth.
  5. Scoop the icing into a piping bag with a star nozzle, and pipe around the edges of the cupcakes to make a nest shape. We found two circles to be best.
  6. Nestle three mini eggs in the centre of each icing ‘nest’.


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