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Easter Nest Cupcakes

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.

Stork Easter Cakes

Photograph provided by Stork

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.

Easter Nest Cakes

A bird’s eye view. Well it is Stork!

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.

Treat PetiteAs Easter heralds the true coming of spring, I am sending these Easter Nest Cupcakes off to The Baking Explorer and CakeyBoi for Treat Petite.

 

 

Love CakeFor the same reason, these are also going to Ness at JibberJabberUK for Love Cake where the theme is Step into Spring.

 

Easter Nest Cupcakes
Yields 12
Simple but effective Easter cupcakes for all the family to enjoy - in the making and in the eating.
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
45 min
Cakes
  1. 115g (4 oz) Stork tub
  2. 115g (4 oz) caster sugar
  3. 2 large eggs
  4. 115g (4 oz) self-raising flour, sieved together with
  5. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Chocolate Nests
  1. 40g (1 1/2 oz) Stork tub
  2. 3 tablespoons golden syrup
  3. 6 tablespoons drinking chocolate powder
  4. 18 tablespoons cornflakes or branflakes
  5. To decorate: Cadbury Mini Eggs
Instructions
  1. Place all cake ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat until well mixed. Place in 12 muffin paper cases.
  2. Bake in preheated oven 190°C, 170°C fan, Gas mark 5 for 15 -20 minutes. Cool.
  3. 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.
Each serving contains
  1. Energy - 1079 kJ/ 281 kcal, 14 %*
  2. Fat - 12,8 g, 18%
  3. Saturates - 4,2 g, 21 %*
  4. Sugars - 24,3 g, 27 %*
  5. Salt - 0,8 g, 13 %*
  6. *% of Reference Intake of an average adult (8400kJ/2000kcal)
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26 Comments

  1. Linda Hobbis

    5th April 2015 at 10:53 am

    These look really easy to make – I reckon even I could do reasonably well! Interesting to read you are in Cornwall – my parents are from Plymouth and all my ancestors are Cornish. Hope you’re enjoying Poldark!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      6th April 2015 at 10:06 am

      They are easy to make Linda, do have a go. I take it you are a long way from home then? As for Poldark, I’m looking forward to the next episode 🙂

      Reply
  2. Stephanie

    5th April 2015 at 11:25 am

    These look delicious, I made chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and mini eggs to decorate for Easter, but I might make these next year x

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    • Choclette

      6th April 2015 at 9:10 am

      They sound good too Stepahine, cream cheese frosting can be delicious.

      Reply
  3. Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe

    5th April 2015 at 2:48 pm

    These look like lots of fun. I regret to say that I didn’t have cornflake chocolate treats as a kid – we had heaps of chocolate crackles which are made with rice bubbles/rice krispies. I did make your hidden egg marzipan cupcakes (and posted today) – they are amazingly good. Thanks.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      6th April 2015 at 9:44 am

      Oh well Johanna, rice krispie cakes are nearly as good 😉 I’m coming over right now to see how you got on.

      Reply
  4. Nayna Kanabar (@citrusspiceuk)

    5th April 2015 at 5:25 pm

    These are so very cute and really pretty. I am sure they would make a perfect teatime treat for Easter.

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    • Choclette

      6th April 2015 at 9:53 am

      Thanks Nayna, I have a bit of a thing for chocolate cornflake cakes, so they were bound to be a success with me 🙂

      Reply
  5. Janice

    5th April 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Easter Nest cakes of any type are great for Easter and these are a nice mix of proper cake and no bake cake, can’t do better than that.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      6th April 2015 at 9:58 am

      Thanks Janice. When I was living at home as a teenager, I always decorated the Easter Simnel cake with chocolate nests, sometimes made out of cornflakes and sometimes out of shredded wheat.

      Reply
  6. Tracy

    5th April 2015 at 8:50 pm

    I normally just have vanilla sugar on the go so will definitely try a cardamom one as well. And crispy nests on top of sponge cakes just sounds dangerously moreish.

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    • Choclette

      6th April 2015 at 9:59 am

      I have vanilla sugar too Tracy, but I use my cardamom sugar more.

      Reply
  7. Elizabeth

    6th April 2015 at 7:55 am

    Mmm yum! My kids would love these, and I love the addition of the cardamom scented sugar – how nice! Hope you had a lovely Easter weekend 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      6th April 2015 at 10:00 am

      Thanks Elizabeth, I wouldn’t be without my jar of cardamom sugar. We’ve had a great Easter weekend thanks, the weather has been wonderful. Hope you’ve had a good one too.

      Reply
  8. Sylvia

    6th April 2015 at 8:38 am

    Oh what a lovely little cupcakes! Hope you had a fabulous Easter! x

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    • Choclette

      6th April 2015 at 10:01 am

      Thanks Sylvia. We’re having a lovely Easter thanks, hope you are too.

      Reply
  9. Dom

    6th April 2015 at 9:18 am

    mmmm, cardamom flavoured sugar! hello!… nice cupcakes… LOVE the crunchy nests. x

    Reply
    • Choclette

      6th April 2015 at 10:02 am

      Thanks Dom, cardamom sugar is now one of my pantry staples. Hope you’ve been enjoying the Easter weekend 🙂

      Reply
  10. Karen

    6th April 2015 at 11:49 am

    These are so sweet aren’t they Choclette and I loved the challenge too!

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    • Choclette

      7th April 2015 at 8:38 am

      They are cute and everyone loved them and they were fun to do too Karen.

      Reply
  11. Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours

    6th April 2015 at 4:25 pm

    These are adorable. I made some very similar ones for Jelly Belly last year. Best of both – cake and crispies

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    • Choclette

      7th April 2015 at 8:39 am

      Thanks Helen and yes it’s a good mix, everyone gets something they like.

      Reply
  12. Fiona @ London-Unattached

    7th April 2015 at 7:07 pm

    oh what a great idea is cardamon sugar! And the cakes look VERY cute. Swap you a room next time you are coming to london in exchange for a batch? xx

    Reply
    • Choclette

      7th April 2015 at 8:52 pm

      Haha Fiona, you know what, I think I could manage that swap 😉

      Reply
  13. Ness

    28th April 2015 at 9:10 pm

    My nan always used Stork and my mum and I have followed her example. I love the twist of adding the chocolate nests on top of the cupcakes.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      28th April 2015 at 9:43 pm

      I know some people swear by Stork Ness. With the nests, you get to have your cake and eat it 😉

      Reply

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