Easter Nest Cupcakes
Well Easter just wouldn’t be right without a little bit of baking. Oh and chocolate of course. Stork have come up with a fun bake to be enjoyed by friends and family over the Easter weekend. They reckon these Easter Nest Cupcakes would make a nice alternative to all those chocolate Easter eggs that abound at this time of the year. But why not have both I say.
The cupcakes are very simple to make and the chocolate nests on top are a nice messy activity for the kids to get involved in, if so desired. You could even have a family competition as to who can make the best nest. Stork have produced this handy step-by-step demonstration to the recipe for easy to follow instructions.
Unusually for me, I followed the recipe nearly exactly. The only change I made was to use cardamom flavoured golden caster sugar. I have a jar of sugar with cardamom pods sitting in it permanently on the go. It adds a delicate but noticeable aromatic note that works well with many cakes and biscuits. Using Stork margarine not only made the cakes extremely light, but made the preparation process really speedy; no need to wait for butter to soften and everything can be mixed together in one fell swoop.
The fun bit came with making the nests to go on top of the cakes. I doubt there is an adult out there who doesn’t have fond childhood memories of chocolate cornflake cakes. Do tell me it’s not just me? My cakes rose far too well and didn’t come out of the oven with flat tops. I should have done the sensible thing and cut off the volcanic eruptions in the middle, but I didn’t. As a result, my nests were more like eagles eyries, just about clinging on to the precipitous crags and the single eggs I managed to attach looked somewhat precarious. Despite this, or maybe because of it, I felt ridiculously pleased with my Easter Nest Cupcakes. I took them with me to an Easter gathering my mother was hosting and it was gratifying to see the delight on people’s faces when they got a glimpse of them. Luckily I received appreciative comments in between the crunching and munching.
Wishing everyone a very Happy and chocolate filled Easter.
For the same reason, these are also going to Ness at JibberJabberUK for Love Cake where the theme is Step into Spring.
- 115g (4 oz) Stork tub
- 115g (4 oz) caster sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 115g (4 oz) self-raising flour, sieved together with
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 40g (1 1/2 oz) Stork tub
- 3 tablespoons golden syrup
- 6 tablespoons drinking chocolate powder
- 18 tablespoons cornflakes or branflakes
- To decorate: Cadbury Mini Eggs
- Place all cake ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat until well mixed. Place in 12 muffin paper cases.
- Bake in preheated oven 190°C, 170°C fan, Gas mark 5 for 15 -20 minutes. Cool.
- For chocolate nest, gently melt Stork and syrup and stir in chocolate and cornflakes. Place a tablespoon of mix on each cupcake in a nest effect and leave to set. Serve decorated with Easter eggs.
- Energy - 1079 kJ/ 281 kcal, 14 %*
- Fat - 12,8 g, 18%
- Saturates - 4,2 g, 21 %*
- Sugars - 24,3 g, 27 %*
- Salt - 0,8 g, 13 %*
- *% of Reference Intake of an average adult (8400kJ/2000kcal)