Once again Easter has come and gone and of course I ate my body weight in chocolate. Every year I give up chocolate for lent so Easter sunday is always filled with lots of chocolate. Thankfully I was off work because we were closed so I decided to make these delicious Easter treats.
- The first thing I made was these incredibly easy but delicious Easter nests, which are all over Pinterest around Easter time but I just had to make them for myself. For these you will need:
– 200g Milk Chocolate – I recommend Lindt chocolate they turn out delicious!
– Shredded Wheat or Shreddies Cereal – I picked up the wrong cereal but it actually turned out really good
– Cupcake Cases – I went with colourful ones for Easter
– Mini Eggs
To make these all you need to do is melt the chocolate in the microwave and then add in your desired amount of cereal. I just kept adding it until all the chocolate was absorbed. I actually bought the wrong kind of cereal, I should have bought shredded wheat because it makes the nests look at lot more life like but I just used these wheaties anyway so they wouldn’t go to waste. I was pleasantly surprised with how they turned out. I just mashed the wheaties so they would loose their square shape and I think they actually turned out pretty good.
Once you have your cereal mixed with the chocolate you just put the mixture into the cupcake cases, add a few mini eggs on top and just let them sit awhile until they dry, and that’s it. They really are just that simple, but extremely delicious.
- Next up I made these chocolate cupcakes with buttercream icing and Easter decorations on top.
– 100g Plain Flour
– 20g Cocoa Powder
– 140g Caster Sugar
– 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
– A Pinch of Salt
– 40g Butter (at room temperature)
– 120ml Milk
– 1 Egg
– 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
– a 12-Hole Cupcake Tray, Lined with Paper Cases
- Preheat the oven to 170°C
- Put the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in a bowl and mix until you get a sandy consitency and everything is combined nicely.
- Whisk the milk, egg, and vanilla extract together in a jug. Slowly pour half into the flour mixture and mix them to combine and the add the rest of the liquid. Continue mixing for a couple more minutes until the mixture is smooth.
- Spoon the mixture into the paper cupcakes cases until they are two-thirds full and bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the sponge bounces back when touched. Leave the cupcakes to cool slightly in the tray before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
For the buttercream icing and decorations you will need:
– 100g Butter
– 200g Icing Sugar
– 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
– 1 tbs Milk
– Mini Eggs/Oreo Eggs
– Mini Malteaser Bunnies
– Mini Chocolate Balls
1. Mix the butter, icing sugar, milk and vanilla extract until the mixture reaches a slightly thick consistency. I had to make triple the ingredients to make enough icing to cover 12 cupcakes, not really sure why but maybe bear that in mind and make more just in case.
2. Once the cupcakes are completely cooled and the mixture is mixed well, put the icing into a piping bag and begin placing it on top of the cupcakes. I just went in a spiral motion around the cupcakes with a large star nozzle.
3. Once your icing is on you can decorate them however you want. I just went with some small chocolate balls and silver pearls, as well as some mini Oreo eggs and mini Malteaser bunnies so they would be perfect for Easter. These turned out way better than I expected and they taste amazing too!
I know this post is a little late seeing as Easter was last Sunday, but I’ve just been so busy with work that I haven’t had time to put it up until now. I’m so happy with how they turned out, and I’m still making my way through them a few days later! I highly recommend trying these just for treats or for Easter next year. I love doing festive baking on holidays so I’ll probably make these again next year.
I hope you had a great Easter and happy baking!