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Surprise Easter Egg Cupcakes

Easter Egg Cupcakes

4 Star, Cupcakes, Easter | 24th March 2015 | By

Who doesn’t love a good Easter egg hunt? Well, I’m not actually sure I’ve ever been on one, but I love the idea and I’ve certainly witnessed a few with the excited squeals of children ringing in my ears. So when I was asked to create an Easter recipe for Sainsbury’s, I thought I’d hide a few Easter eggs inside some cupcakes.

Easter Egg Cupcakes

Simnel cake is one of the culinary delights of Easter for me. Never mind the icing on the cake, it is that squidgy layer of half cooked marzipan sandwiched between the cakes which really does it for me. However, it’s not always the most popular of Easter fare and I wanted to make something that everyone would enjoy. Marzipan was a must and it makes a perfect partner for chocolate, but I felt a more subtle use of it was required on this occasion; I grated it into the cake batter and used it as the main flavouring along with lemon and a hint of cardamom.Scroll down to the bottom of the post to find the recipe.

For my hidden surprise, I chose solid mini dark and milk chocolate eggs from Sainsbury’s. To cater to varied tastes, I cunningly used different coloured cupcake cases to denote which eggs were contained within.

Easter Egg Cupcakes

CT likened these to Bakewell tarts, but with chocolate rather than jam. For me they were a cake version of chocolate coated marzipan, but not so in your face. The marzipan flavours were there and gave a sticky enticing texture to the cakes, making them rather moreish. The chocolate caramelised slightly at the base creating a delicious crunchy layer. 

Easter Egg CupcakeGreat for children and adults alike, these would be ideal for Easter picnics or an Easter afternoon tea. Shhh, don’t mention the hidden eggs and wait for the squeals of delight. This is an Easter hunt where everyone’s a winner.

 

 

Other Easter Cupcakes you might like are:

Family Foodies

If you didn’t mind spoiling the surprise, these would be fun cakes to make with the kids for Easter. As such, I am sending them off to Lou at Eat Your Veg and Vanesther at Bangers & Mash for Family Foodies where the theme this month is Let’s Get Baking.

 

 

 

Alphabakes LogoS is for Surprise Easter Egg Cakes for AlphaBakes this month with Ros of The More Than Occasional Baker and Caroline at Caroline Makes.

 

 

 

Recipe of The WeekI haven’t sent anything off to Emily at A Mummy Too for ages, so here these go to #RecipeOfTheWeek. 

 

 

Almond and Lemon Easter Egg CupCakes
Yields 12
Almond and lemon cakes made with marzipan and containing a secret treasure within - shhh, don't let on, there may be Easter eggs about.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 125g unsalted butter
  2. 80g golden caster sugar (I used cardamom sugar)
  3. 1 lemon
  4. 2 large eggs (I use duck eggs)
  5. 125g flour - half wholemeal, half plain white
  6. 1 scant tsp baking powder
  7. 125g marzipan - grated
  8. 12 Sainsbury's Swiss chocolate milk and dark mini eggs
  9. 25g dark chocolate
  10. 50g unsalted butter
  11. 1 tsp golden syrup
  12. 60g icing sugar
  13. 1 tsp cocoa powder
  14. 2 tsp water
  15. 12 tiny chocolate eggs
For the cakes
  1. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy.
  2. Grate in the zest from the lemon and beat a bit more.
  3. Beat in the eggs, one by one.
  4. Sift in the flour and baking powder and fold into the mix along with the juice from half the lemon.
  5. Stir in the marzipan until just mixed.
  6. Place a teaspoon of the mixture in twelve cupcake cases. Sit the chocolate eggs on top, then cover with the rest of the mixture.
  7. Bake at 180ā„ƒ for 20 minutes when the cakes should be risen, golden and firm to the touch.
  8. Remove the the oven and allow to cool.
For the chocolate fudge icing
  1. Melt the butter, chocolate and syrup in a pan over gently heat and allow to cool slightly.
  2. Stir in the icing sugar and cocoa and beat until smooth and creamy adding the water towards the end.
  3. Use the icing to create 'nests' on top of the cakes and place an egg in the nest.
Notes
  1. Use different colour cases to mark what type of egg used - milk, dark, or white.
Tin and Thyme http://tinandthyme.uk/
 I was sent some vouchers to purchase the ingredients needed. I was not required to write a positive review and as always all opinions are my own.

Comments

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      Choclette
      24th March 2015

      Thanks Margot, I know I’d have loved them as a child and actually I rather like them now šŸ˜‰

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    Jenny
    24th March 2015

    I love the idea and sounds like something I could make with my children too.

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    lisa prince
    24th March 2015

    food seems to be my fave thing as of late especially when it comes to cake these look fab

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    Heidi Roberts
    24th March 2015

    Love the bit in the middle – a nice surprise for your mouth!

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    Sandy Hoopes
    25th March 2015

    I love that you put chocolate and almond together in these adorable cupcakes! So cute!

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      Choclette
      25th March 2015

      Thanks Sandy chocolate and almond is a classic combination and a much loved one in this household šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      25th March 2015

      Thanks Helen, the marzipan gives a good texture and a nice almond flavour without being overwhelming for the marzipan haters of this world – strange lot!

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      Choclette
      25th March 2015

      Thanks Angela, so glad you like it and the cakes too of course šŸ˜‰

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    Claire
    25th March 2015

    These are cute – not too much frosting on top which makes them a winner with me. And who doesn’t love a hidden treasure!

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      Choclette
      25th March 2015

      Thanks Claire, you are right and there is so much going on with these cakes anyway, you don’t need very much.

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    Glamorous Glutton
    25th March 2015

    Fab recipe, I love the inclusion of marzipan. Perfect for easter and the cup cake recipe is perfect for any time. GG

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      Choclette
      25th March 2015

      Thanks GG. Sadly, they didn’t last quite as long as I’d have liked …;-)

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    Kate - gluten free alchemist
    27th March 2015

    Hidden cake surprises are such fun. I love the combination of chocolate, lemon and marzipan here. I am sure the flavours and textures are amazing.

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    Anita-Clare Field
    29th March 2015

    These look delicious, we are huge fans of both almond and lemon. Loving the new site. I think it’s the same one at my A Post Card From France site? fabulous anyway. šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      30th March 2015

      Thanks Anita and so glad you like the new site. I shall have to have a closer look at your French post card now.

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    Dom
    29th March 2015

    ahhh, the humble cupcake. The most perfect and adorable little Easter treats. I think the hard sugar coated chocolate eggs are my absolute favourite things ever!

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      Choclette
      30th March 2015

      They do hark straight back to childhood and conjure up the joys of Easter treats.

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    Jen
    29th March 2015

    I love the marzipan in these, such a clever idea šŸ™‚

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    Janie
    30th March 2015

    Sooooo cute! Please can I have one?! šŸ™‚
    Janie x

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      Choclette
      30th March 2015

      Thanks Johanna. Is simnel cake not something generally found in Australia then? If you like marzipan, it’s a must try cake.

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    bakingaddict
    31st March 2015

    I love hidden surprise cakes! These cakes are very spring like and perfect for Easter. Thanks for entering AlphaBakes.

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      Choclette
      1st April 2015

      Thanks Ros, I know the S here was a bit cheeky, but there really is a surprise in the middle šŸ™‚

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