Can you believe it’s nearly Easter? The weeks have flown by since Christmas. Not that I’m complaining; it’s an excuse to eat chocolate and it also means spring is on the way!
I’m looking forward to trying out some new recipes in the next couple of weeks, starting with these cute Easter grass and mini egg chocolate cupcakes…
These little cupcakes are fun, colourful and simple to make, meaning the kids can join in too!
I love the green grass effect made with dyed coconut, especially against the pastel colours of the mini eggs. They’d be even cuter with a chocolate bunny or Easter chick on top!
You could always leave the coconut plain to create a nest effect, and vanilla cupcakes would work just as well as these chocolate ones.
Adapted from this Sainsbury’s recipe, this makes 12 cupcakes:
- 200g unsalted butter
- 100g caster sugar
- 2 medium eggs
- 100g self raising flour, sieved
- 25g cocoa powder, sieved
- 100g icing sugar, sieved
- 75g milk chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
- 45g desiccated coconut
- ½ tsp green food colouring
- A bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs
- Preheat the oven to 190°C and place 12 cupcake cases into a 12 hole muffin tin.
- In a medium sized bowl, cream together the caster sugar and 100g of the butter until it is light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs one at a time and beat well before folding in the sieved flour and cocoa powder.
- Place large spoonfuls of the cake mixture into the cupcake cases and bake for 15 minutes until they have risen and are spongy to touch. Place on a wire rack to cool.
- Meanwhile, in another bowl, cream the remaining 100g of butter until fluffy and then add in the sieved icing sugar and cooled melted chocolate. Mix until everything is combined.
- Using a knife or the back of a spoon, spread the icing over the cupcakes.
- In a small bowl, add the coconut and green food colouring. Stir until all the coconut has absorbed the colour.
- On each cupcake, sprinkle the green coconut on top so it sticks to the icing. Place two mini eggs on top (use a little of the icing to make them stick).