Sunday 24 March 2013

Easter Nest and Mini Egg Vanilla Cupcakes

A few weeks ago I saw the cutest picture on Pinterest, it was a cupcake with a gorgeous little frosted nest and mini eggs in the center, the perfect treat for Easter! I knew I HAD to try and create it, so I got my eBay on and ordered my Wilton grass/hair 233 piping nozzle. I had a very trusty co-Chefette in the form of Lisa and we baked these little babies for a work "Bake Off". Again, I used my favourite vanilla cupcake recipe from Rosie at Sweetapolita, so all recipe credits to her magical baking talents for these little babies!

 Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

(Recipe Credit: )

275grams or 2 ½ cups cake flour


100 grams corn flour
175 grams plain flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup full cream milk
2 large egg whites
1 whole egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
300grams caster sugar
115 grams butter

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and center the oven rack. Line 2 muffin/cupcake pans with your favourite standard-size cupcake liner, and put the first cupcake pan on a baking sheet. (You will place the second cupcake pan on the same sheet in the oven once the first tray is baked.)

2. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a medium-sized bowl. Whisk together the milk, eggs and vanilla extract in a medium bowl or large glass measuring cup.

3. In an electric mixer fitted with the whisk or paddle attachment (I used the whisk), cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until very pale and creamy, about 5 minutes.

4. With the mixer still on medium speed, alternate additions of the flour mixture and milk-egg mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture (3 dry additions, 2 wet), beating after each addition until incorporated. Continue mixing on medium speed for 2 minutes.

5. Divide batter evenly among your cupcake liners–about 2/3 full–and bake until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs only, about 16 minutes.

6. Carefully remove the cupcakes from the pan and let cool on wire racks. Repeat with second tray.

White Chocolate Frosting

227 grams unsalted butter, at room temperature
175 grams white chocolate
½ vanilla bean, seeded and scraped
Pinch of salt
375 grams sifted icing sugar

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter for 3-4 minutes on medium speed (I use “4″ on my KitchenAid). Butter will become very pale & creamy.

2. Melt chocolate in microwave in a small heatproof bowl, or over a pot of simmering water on the stovetop, stirring often. Let cool.

3. Add melted chocolate to butter and beat until incorporated. Add vanilla bean and salt and mix on medium speed for 1 minute. Add sifted icing sugar, beating on low speed until just combined, increasing to medium speed until well combined. (I added some pink food colouring to mine and piped the frosting on top using the Wilton rose attachment)

(I added dark chocolate to a portion of the frosting to make the nest, and green food colouring to the rest to make the base)


  1. They're adorable! And such a simple but effective way of decorating cupcakes too! :)

    1. Thank you so much! I absolutely adore your blog!xx :-)


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