So these are quite similar to my Easter Nest Cake in that they are chocolate cakes with nests on top. The way I constructed these though is slightly different from the Easter Nest Cake. The cupcake is chocolate with green vanilla buttercream and finished with a cornflake nest filled with Cadbury’s Mini Eggs.
The chocolate cupcake is the same as the one I used in my Chocolate Caramel Cupcakes I use the same amount of all ingredients apart from self-raising flour. I reduce the self-raising flour and replace part of it with cocoa powder. You could make these cupcakes vanilla instead of chocolate and just replace the cocoa powder with self-raising flour and add in a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
I made vanilla buttercream and coloured it green with food colouring to represent grass. I used a 2D Star piping tip and instead of piping swirls, I just piped individual stars around the edge of the cupcake and one or two in the middle.
The chocolate nests need to be made in advance, preferably the day before you are making the cupcakes as they need to set in the fridge. I mixed the cornflakes (you could use Rice Krispies) with melted milk chocolate and mixed them together until all the cornflakes were completely coated. One tip is that you don’t want excess chocolate as it’ll just make the nests runny. Once I coated all the cornflakes I put a spoonful or two of the mixture into a baking case or baking cup. I moulded the cornflakes around the side of the baking case like the sides of the nest and put a little bit on the bottom of the case. I then added two or three mini eggs. Once I had done all 12 I put them in the fridge to let the chocolate set.
The baking cups I use are from Iced Jems and they are amazing! I don’t think I could go back to using regular baking cases. They are flat bottomed so you can just put them straight onto a flat baking tray you don’t need to use a muffin tray. Also, they open up into little plates so you don’t miss a crumb. They come in so many different colours and designs I honestly love them so much! They are slightly bigger than normal cupcake cases so you might find you have some leftover mixture but hey who doesn’t love extra cake?
Hints and Tips
These will last 2-3 days in an airtight container.
I used cornflakes for the nests but you can use any cereal you want as long as it is delicious
The cupcakes might make more than 12 depending on the type of cupcake cases you use.
This recipe makes 12 cupcakes.
For the Chocolate Nests
150g Milk Chocolate
Cadbury Mini Eggs
For the Cupcakes
175g Light Brown Sugar
175g Unsalted Butter
135g Self-Raising Flour
40g Cocoa Powder
3 Large Eggs
1tsp Vanilla Extract
For the Buttercream
400g Icing Sugar
200g Unsalted Butter
Green Food Colouring
For the Nests
- Line a muffin tray with 12 cupcake cakes and leave to one side.
- Break up your milk chocolate in a bowl and melt. I put mine in the microwave in ten-second bursts until it is completed melted.
- In another bowl add your cornflakes. Once the chocolate has melted add the chocolate to the cornflakes and mix until all your cornflakes are coated.
- Add a spoonful or two into the cupcake cakes and press them into the bottom and around the side leaving a little gap in the middle.
- Fill the gap in the middle with Mini Eggs. I filled some of mine with two eggs and some with three.
- Put them in the fridge and leave overnight until the chocolate sets.
For the Cupcakes
- Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C Fan/Gas Mark 4) line a muffin tray with 12 cupcake cases and leave to the side.
- In a bowl cream together your butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the self-raising flour, eggs, caramel flavouring, sea salt and baking powder. Mix until all combined and there is no sign of any lumps.
- Spoon the mixture into your cupcake cases and bake in the oven for 15-17 minutes. Or until golden brown and spring back when touched.
For the Buttercream
- While the cupcakes are cooling make the buttercream, Mix together the icing sugar, butter until thick and creamy; again make sure there are no lumps especially if you are piping as it won’t fit out the nozzle. Add in the green food colouring a little at a time until you are happy with the colour.
- Once your cupcakes have completely cooled pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes. Instead of piping swirls, I piped individual stars on top of the cupcakes.
- Finally, get your nests from the fridge and take them out of the cupcake cakes. By now the chocolate should have set and they will be able to hold their shape. Add them to the top of each of the cupcakes.
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