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Chocolate Easter Nest Cupcakes

April 4, 2012


Easter is coming!! There is only one day left until Good Friday, isn’t that just a little crazy?!  It is to me.  Easter is a holiday that I am quite fond of.  I enjoy the family time, meals and playing outside in the sunshine. My mom sends me Easter treasures every year in the mail.  I think that is why I enjoy Easter so much, I get mail that is not requesting I send money, which is always nice.  She sends all sorts of chocolatey treats for us to eat, thanks Mom 🙂

These Easter Cupcakes are loaded with chocolate to say the very least.  It is a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting topped with a chocolate nest that is filled with wee chocolate eggs!  Now, does that sound like something you might be interested in?  I thought it might be 🙂  As I mentioned the other day, Easter = Chocolate!  Here is a whole lot of chocolate for you to loaded the kids up on and then send them out hunting for eggs.  Easter just would not be complete without some sort of chocolate.  If this cupcake proves to be too much chocolate for you, you could make a vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting.  You could also simply keep the nests and cupcakes separate and serve the nests as cookies and cupcakes as cupcakes, you have options here 🙂  Please, don’t feel like you have to over dose on chocolate just to experience Easter.

Chocolate Cupcakes
Ingredients

1 1/3 cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup strong coffee

To Prepare

Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Line 4 mini muffin tins with cupcake liners.
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda.  Set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine the sour cream, vanilla, and almond extract.  Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the butter and sugar and beat on medium speed until smooth.
Set the mixer to low speed and add the eggs, one at a time, scraping thoroughly between each addition.
Alternately add the flour and sour cream mixtures to the butter mixture in two batches, starting and ending with the flour mixture.  Scrape down the bowl after each addition.
Gradually pour in the strong coffee.  Scrape down the bowl and beat until thoroughly combined.
Divide the batter evenly between the muffin tins.  Bake for 12-15 minutes, for mini cupcakes, and 20-25 minutes for regular cupcakes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Allow the cupcakes to cool for 20 minutes on a wire rack.

Makes 12 cupcakes
Source The Confetti Cakes Cookbook

Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Ingredients

1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons  unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons boiling water
1 1/2 cups  butter, room temperature
1/2 cup confectioners’ (icing/powdered) sugar
1 pound good-quality semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled

To Prepare

Combine cocoa powder and the boiling water in a small bowl or glass measuring cup, and stir until it cocoa has dissolved.
In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (flat beater), beat the butter, the icing sugar, and salt on medium-high speed until it is pale and fluffy–about 5 minutes.
Reduce mixer speed to low, and add melted chocolate (cooled), beating until combined and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
Beat in the cocoa mixture until well incorporated.

Makes 5 cups
Source Sweetapolita

Chocolate Nests
Ingredients

8 oz. Baker’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate
2 cups chow mein noodles
1 package (115 g) Cadbury Mini Eggs

To Prepare

MICROWAVE chocolate in large microwaveable bowl on MEDIUM 2 to 3 min. or until almost melted; stir until completely melted. Stir in noodles.
DROP heaping tablespoonfuls of noodle mixture onto parchment- or waxed paper-covered baking sheets; indent centres slightly to resemble nests. Fill with Mini Eggs.
REFRIGERATE 2 hours or until firm.

Makes 18 Chocolate Nests
Source Kraft

If you are looking to fuel up the kiddies before their Easter egg hunt this weekend give them one of these and send them on their way!!  It won’t take them long to collect their treasures but it may take a while to burn off all that sugar 🙂

Here are a few other Easter ideas you may enjoy:  Easter Sheep Cupcakes, Espresso Shortbread Cookies, or Lemon Glazed Ginger Cookies.

From our kitchen to yours,
Sydney Jones

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. April 4, 2012 3:58 pm

    OMG! These are just too darn cute! Even just the topper on it’s own is enough to make me squeal! So darling, so creative.

  2. April 4, 2012 4:00 pm

    Your egg cupcakes are divine 😀
    I just made little chocolate pavlova nests for Easter so we are definitely thinking along the same wavelength 😉

    Happy Easter and see you in a week!
    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  3. April 4, 2012 4:44 pm

    These cupcakes are soo cute!

  4. April 5, 2012 4:59 am

    These are seriously adorable! Love the fact that the nests are made with noodles! 😀

  5. April 5, 2012 7:13 am

    Please define chocolate OD (over dose). LOL Hey you only live once and got to have one of these before it is my time. How adorable any child or child at heart would love one of these. Take care, BAM

  6. April 5, 2012 8:38 pm

    Oh gosh – good friday, of course – and I haven’t even made my hot cross buns yet! Damn, I’d better get on that tomorrow! These cupcakes look fabulous – perfect size so as not to overindulge 😀

  7. April 5, 2012 10:27 pm

    Ok Sydney, when are these going to be available for shipping? These are so amazing!

  8. April 6, 2012 1:22 am

    These are so adorable!

  9. April 8, 2012 5:54 am

    This is a fab post, thanks for the idea looks beautiful and I bet they taste amazing. We have been getting exited about easter too! You might like our recipe for a bit of a traditional English roast lamb lovely for a Easter lunch.
    http://teaandsympathynewyork.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/easter-roast-lamb-dinner/
    enjoy.x

  10. April 11, 2012 6:41 am

    Those are cute! It’s definately something I’m going to have to try!

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