Easy Easter Nest Cupcakes

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Easter is just around the corner and to get you in the mood, I have some inspiration for some easy Easter nest cupcakes that children can easily decorate themselves.

The chocolate cake is actually Nigella Lawson’s Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake recipe. The version I used is here. The recipe makes a massive quantity of cake mix and easily makes 30 cupcakes. I adjusted the cooking temperature to 175 degrees as I have an electric fan oven and baked them for 20 minutes until a knife comes out clean. The mix is very runny and it is easier to pour it into the cake cases before baking. I let the mix stand for an hour before baking and it thickened up slightly, making it easier.

Once cooled, I made up some chocolate buttercream (250g unsalted butter, 500g icing and 100g dark chocolate melted) and decorated the cupcakes using a grass/hair nozzle to give it a twig effect. The grass nozzle is very forgiving and you are almost given permission to not be perfect for the nests as the messier the better! This nozzle is perfect for children to learn basic piping techniques as they can hardly go wrong. This method of decorating does not use as much buttercream as you think and I ended up with some leftover for use another day. I finished the decoration off with my favourite Easter chocolate, Mini Eggs. I am impressed with myself that all the Mini Eggs made it onto the cakes! Where I found the willpower from not to eat them all, I do not know!

What are you baking this Easter? I would love to find out :-)

PS: I am taking these to Blue Door Bakery’s Cake Club tonight. I am looking forward to talking about cake, cake and even more cake!

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13 Responses to Easy Easter Nest Cupcakes

  1. I love these! So easy too. Not just for Easter but could be for a Spring themed party/event. Nice!

  2. Nice! Have been looking for a good option to bring to the family gathering. Think I’ve found it!

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  4. They look like a perfect Easter Treat, can’t beat a bit of chocolate! Popping over from recipe of the week

  5. Yum…these look perfect for Easter! The grass/hair nozzle is one of my favourites as you can use it for so many things. Kids would love these and who can resist a mini egg too :-)

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  7. These look scrummy! The effect on the top works really well. Pinned and Stumbled. Thanks for linking up to #recipeoftheweek – there’s a new linky just gone up x

  8. Yummy and we need to make more cakes. I LOVE the twig effect.

    Thank you for joining in with the Spring Carnival.

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