Ok, so I know it’s the day after Easter (hope all had a laaavely day!) but these were something that were pretty spesh and went down a treat. No yer average cupcake but cupcakes with Cadbury’s Creme Eggs on the inside – WOWZA! Of course, you are not limited to these eggs alone..there are Caramel eggs, Mars Bar Eggs, Lindt Eggs (ooooh) – go wild!

I used the Hummingbird Red Velvet recipe for this, although I left the ‘red’ part out – so just chocolate really! Theye were smashing, and didn’t last long…

Ingredients:
60g unslated butter at room temperature
150g caster sugar
1 egg
20g cocoa powder
40ml red food colouring (optional)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
120ml buttermilk (done the home made way, 120ml milk with half tbsp vinager, left to work it’s magic for at least five mins before using!)
150g plain flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 1/2 tsp white vinegar
1 quantity of Creme cheese plain/chocolate frosting
300g Creme cheese
400g icing suagr
150g cocoa powder
1 x 12 hole cupcake tray, lined with paper cases

Preheat the oven to 170C (325F) Gas 3.

Put the butter and sugar in a freestanding electric mixer or use a handheld whisk, and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy and well mixed. Turn up the speed and slowly add egg until everything is well incorporated.

In a separate bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, (red food colouring) and vanilla extract to make a very thick, dark paste. Add to the butter mixture and mix thoroughly until evenly combined and coloured. Turn mixer down to half speed and add half the buttermilk. Now add half the flour. Repeat this process until all is well mixed. Now add the bicarbonate of soda and vinegar, tun up the speed and beat for a couple more minutes.

Spoon the mixture into the paper cases, two thirds full. Now place a mini egg in the centre of each case. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the sponge bounces back when touched. Leave to cool slightly before turning out onto a wire rack.

For the frosting, simply mix the ingredients thoroughly together. And when the cupcke are completely cool, ice the cakes as you wish! I use a piping back becasue I love the way it looks and it’s fun, but they are your work of art, so decorate them how you may!