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Surprise Easter Egg Cupcakes with Almond & Lemon

Easter Egg Cupcakes

Cupcakes, Easter | 24th March 2015 | By

Almond and lemon cakes made with marzipan and containing a secret treasure within. Shhh, don’t let on, there may be Easter eggs about. Perfect for entertaining, everyone will adore these surprise Easter egg cupcakes.

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.

Simnel cake is one of the culinary delights of Easter. Never mind the icing on the cake, it’s 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.

Cake baking for Easter.

Surprise Easter Egg Cupcakes

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 for my surprise Easter Egg cupcakes along with lemon and a hint of cardamom. Scroll down to the bottom of this 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 surprise Easter Egg cupcakes 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 Cupcake

Great for children and adults alike, these surprise Easter Egg cupcakes are 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 Recipes for Easter Cupcakes You Might Like

For more Easter recipe inspiration, you might want to take a look at my Easter category here on Tin and Thyme. And for even more ideas head to my  Easter board on Pinterest.

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Surprise Easter Cupcakes topped with chocolate mini eggs.


If you didn’t mind spoiling the surprise, these almond and lemon Easter egg cupcakes would be fun bakes 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.

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

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

Surprise Easter Egg Cupcakes – The Recipe

Easter Egg Cupcakes
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Almond and Lemon Easter Egg CupCakes

Almond and lemon cakes made with marzipan and containing a secret treasure within - shhh, don't let on, there may be Easter eggs about.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: chilli chocolate, cupcakes, Easter, easter eggs, lemons, marzipan, surprise
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Author: Choclette


  • 125 g unsalted butter
  • 80 g golden caster sugar (I used cardamom sugar)
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 large eggs (I use duck eggs)
  • 125 g flour - half wholemeal , half plain white
  • 1 scant tsp baking powder
  • 125 g marzipan - grated
  • 12 Sainsbury's Swiss chocolate milk and dark mini eggs
  • 25 g dark chocolate
  • 50 g unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp golden syrup
  • 60 g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp water
  • 12 tiny chocolate eggs


For the cakes

  • Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy.
  • Grate in the zest from the lemon and beat a bit more.
  • Beat in the eggs, one by one.
  • Sift in the flour and baking powder and fold into the mix along with the juice from half the lemon.
  • Stir in the marzipan until just mixed.
  • Place a teaspoon of the mixture in twelve cupcake cases. Sit the chocolate eggs on top, then cover with the rest of the mixture.
  • Bake at 180℃ for 20 minutes when the cakes should be risen, golden and firm to the touch.
  • Remove the the oven and allow to cool.

For the chocolate fudge icing

  • Melt the butter, chocolate and syrup in a pan over gently heat and allow to cool slightly.
  • Stir in the icing sugar and cocoa and beat until smooth and creamy adding the water towards the end.
  • Use the icing to create 'nests' on top of the cakes and place an egg in the nest.


Use different colour cases to mark what type of egg used - milk, dark, or white.


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  1. Margot @ Coffee & Vanilla

    24th March 2015 at 10:00 am

    Oh, my girls would love those cupcakes, what a great idea! 🙂

    • Choclette

      24th March 2015 at 11:19 am

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

  2. Jenny

    24th March 2015 at 11:44 am

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

    • Choclette

      24th March 2015 at 2:19 pm

      Haha Jenny, it looks like you are all set for Easter now 😉

  3. Munchies and munchkins

    24th March 2015 at 12:38 pm

    These sound amazing! I have to try them out. X

    • Choclette

      24th March 2015 at 2:20 pm

      Thank you and do let me know what you think, Happy Easter 🙂

  4. lisa prince

    24th March 2015 at 1:11 pm

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

    • Choclette

      24th March 2015 at 2:21 pm

      Well it is coming up to another foodie time of year Lisa 🙂

  5. Lucy @ Bakingqueen74

    24th March 2015 at 8:53 pm

    these look lovely! My kids would love to make (and of course eat) these, so now on my list for the Easter hols

    • Choclette

      25th March 2015 at 9:33 am

      Never mind the kids Lucy, we loved eating these too 😉

  6. Stuart Vettese

    24th March 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Great, fun idea Choclette!

  7. Heidi Roberts

    24th March 2015 at 11:06 pm

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

    • Choclette

      25th March 2015 at 10:56 am

      Haha yes Heidi, that’s the general idea 🙂

  8. Sandy Hoopes

    25th March 2015 at 2:05 am

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

    • Choclette

      25th March 2015 at 10:57 am

      Thanks Sandy chocolate and almond is a classic combination and a much loved one in this household 🙂

  9. Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours

    25th March 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Oh! I love the inclusion of the grated marzipan! Great idea!

    • Choclette

      25th March 2015 at 4:02 pm

      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!

  10. Angela - Garden Tea Cakes and Me

    25th March 2015 at 12:08 pm

    I am loving your new look blog – fabulous! I know plenty of people that would enjoy these cakes particularly with the marzipan addition.


    • Choclette

      25th March 2015 at 4:03 pm

      Thanks Angela, so glad you like it and the cakes too of course 😉

  11. Helen at Casa Costello

    25th March 2015 at 12:32 pm

    How divine do these look? I could eat anything that contained marzipan. x

    • Choclette

      25th March 2015 at 4:03 pm

      Thanks Helen, you and me both 🙂

  12. Claire

    25th March 2015 at 12:48 pm

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

    • Choclette

      25th March 2015 at 4:04 pm

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

  13. Glamorous Glutton

    25th March 2015 at 4:29 pm

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

    • Choclette

      25th March 2015 at 5:42 pm

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

  14. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    26th March 2015 at 5:28 pm

    These look like something I could make with my niece. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Choclette

      26th March 2015 at 6:28 pm

      Go for it Dannii, you’ll both have a blast 😉

  15. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    27th March 2015 at 11:06 pm

    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.

    • Choclette

      30th March 2015 at 9:24 am

      Thanks Kate, they were certainly much appreciated here 😉

  16. Anita-Clare Field

    29th March 2015 at 12:58 pm

    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. 🙂

    • Choclette

      30th March 2015 at 9:02 am

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

  17. Dom

    29th March 2015 at 5:47 pm

    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!

    • Choclette

      30th March 2015 at 8:59 am

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

  18. Jen

    29th March 2015 at 11:11 pm

    I love the marzipan in these, such a clever idea 🙂

    • Choclette

      30th March 2015 at 8:54 am

      Thanks Jen, I rather liked them too 🙂

  19. Janie

    30th March 2015 at 9:11 am

    Sooooo cute! Please can I have one?! 🙂
    Janie x

  20. Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe

    30th March 2015 at 12:43 pm

    I am not sure I have ever had a simnel cake but I am a big fan of chocolate and marzipan – these sound great

    • Choclette

      30th March 2015 at 2:19 pm

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

  21. bakingaddict

    31st March 2015 at 10:48 pm

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

    • Choclette

      1st April 2015 at 8:41 am

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


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