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Easter nest coconut & white chocolate cupcakes

Easter nest coconut & white chocolate cupcakes

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
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  • Easy
  • Makes 12

Try saying no to these little sponges with frosting and clever bird decoration made with chocolate eggs

  • Freezable (un-iced)
Nutrition: per cupcake


  • 3 medium eggs , beaten
  • 100ml milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 100g desiccated coconut
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 50g melted butter
  • 100g white chocolate , melted

For the frosting

  • 100g white chocolate , melted
  • 200g unsalted butter , at room temperature
  • 225g icing sugar , sifted

To decorate

  • about 25g shredded coconut
  • 36 mini eggs
  • orange or yellow icing for beaks
  • black writing icing tube


  • STEP 1

    Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases and heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla. Whizz the sugar with the coconut in a food processor until very finely ground. Tip into a big mixing bowl with the flour and mix. Add the whisked egg mixture, melted butter and chocolate, then stir together until smooth.

  • STEP 2

    Spoon into the cases (they will be quite full) and bake for 18-20 mins on a middle shelf until golden and a skewer poked into the middle comes out clean. Cool the cakes on a wire rack (keep the oven on).

  • STEP 3

    Spread the shredded coconut on a baking tray and put in the oven for about 10 mins to lightly toast – stir halfway through. Cool. To make the frosting, put the chocolate, butter and icing sugar in a big bowl and beat together with an electric whisk until just combined.

  • STEP 4

    Spread some of the frosting generously over the top of the cooled cakes – you don’t have to go right to the edges. Once you’ve done all 12, scrape the rest of the icing into a piping bag fitted with a 1-2cm nozzle, and pipe a ring around the top edge to make a nest. Roll in the cooled coconut to roughly coat.

  • STEP 5

    Turn each mini egg into a baby chick by moulding little beaks from the orange or yellow icing and sticking on with a little runny black icing when you add the eyes. Stick baby chicks into the middle of each cake and enjoy.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2014

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