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This recipe is a favourite with my kids because they can do almost all of it themselves – yes the nests can look a little wonky but the pride that they have made something themselves makes it all worth while.
- 125g Unsalted butter (softened)
- 125g Caster sugar
- 2 Eggs (beaten)
- 125g Self raising flour
- 1 tsp Vanilla essence
- Splash of whole milk
- 80g unsalted butter
- 250g icing sugar
- 25ml whole milk
- 1 and a half tsp vanilla essence
- 100g milk chocolate (I used Belgian cooking chocolate)
- Preheat the oven to 180C
- In a freestanding mixer cream the softened butter and sugar until smooth.
- Add the vanilla essence to the beaten egg then slowly add the mixture to the mixer.
- Gradually add the flour while mixing on a slow speed.
- Add the whole milk slowly while mixing by hand until the mixture falls easily from a spoon or spatula.
- Set out the paper cupcake cases in cupcake tins and add the mixture.
- Bake for approx 17 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean
- Cream the butter and icing sugar in a free-standing mixer on a low speed it will initally look powdery before becoming a smooth mixture.
- Mix the vanilla essence with the milk in a separate glass or jug (I use a re-purposed Tommy Tippee cup as it has handy volumes on the side).
- With the mixture on a low speed slowly add the vanilla milk.
- Beat the mixture on a high speed for at least 5 minutes
- Melt the chocolate in a microwavable bowl using 15 second bursts and stiring between each burst until the chocolate has melted.
- Stir the chocolate into the frosting.
- Smooth a thin layer of the chocolate frosting over each cake then use the grass effect nozzle to pipe circles around the edge of each cake.
- Add mini eggs to the centre of each cake.
- To soften the butter you could simply leave it on the side for an hour, but I always forget so I place it in a microwavable bowl and heat in 10 second bursts, removing and mixing each time. The aim is to soften the butter a little not to melt it. If the butter does melt a little, use a fork to mix it back together with the rest of the butter.