Saturday, 22 March 2008

easter nest cupcakes - a celebration of all things spring!

so there are a number of easter baking challenges this month in the world of food blogs and i wanted to submit an entry....ta da! here it easter nest cupcake. i had so much fun making this and hey, that's what it should all be about. plus it was so fun finding all those beautiful spring flowers to photograph it with too!

i'm entering this for Master Baker March Challenge, Easter Cake Bake and the Spring Funny Cuppy. Seems a lot but, what the heck, might as well max the little delight out seeing as it was so much fun to make.
now for the recipe...

Caramel Cupcakes

cupcake :
100g white chocolate
125g butter
2/3 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. golden syrup
2/3 c. milk
1 c. plain flour
1/3 c. self-raising flour
1 egg

preheat your oven to whatever usually works best for you. line your cupcake pan.
combine chocolate, butter, sugar, syrup and milk in a double boiler. stir untel melted and combined.
allow to cool.
sift flour and mix into caramel mixture.
stir in egg.
divide the mixture and bake for 30 mins.
makes 12 cupcakes.

icing :
4oz butter
1 t. vanilla extract
2 - 2 1/2 c. icing sugar, sifted
1/4 c. milk
in an electric mixer beat butter until soft. add vanilla essence. add in icing sugar gradually making sure it is properly combined, alternating with milk. add enough to reach a good spreading consistency.

decorations :
chocolate mini eggs
cadbury's flake
fondant roses and leaves

assembly :
spread a layer of icing on the cupcake. break up the flake and pile around the outside. use some icing to attach roses and leaves to edges of nest. put in the mini eggs and sprinkle remaining flake to cover any empty spots.

dare to devour! it's hard because it looks too pretty!

p.s. read what Baking Delights had to say about these cupcakes here! thanks for the special mention :)


Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! They look so sweet and lovely! They look like something that would appear in a Cupcake Enchanted Forest!

Nikki57 said...

They are adorable! I love them! Thanks for the entry and yay for 3-fors :)

Anonymous said...

They look so professional Sinead! Good Job! You should seriously think about making this into a profession. You're really good at it!

Isabelle Lambert said...

Merci beaucoup de ta participation :) Tes cupcakes sont superbes !!!

Unknown said...

hi lorraine, thank you, it was so fun decorating them!

thanks nikki - yup, i'm all for making the most out of creations. thanks for hosting a great event. love it!

thanks day, one day...i will!

hi isabelle, i'm more than happy to participate. thanks for hosting such a lovely event!

Faery said...

lovely, beautiful Bravo

Unknown said...

thanks faery, they are the prettiest cupcakes i've ever made i think!

Faery said...

all your creations are beautiful

Unknown said...

thanks faery!

Ally said...

Those are adorable, and so darn fancy! I love them!

Unknown said...

thanks ally, i just entered them for the martha stewart cutest cupcakes competition too!

Anonymous said...

saw this at Easter Bake 2 round up! what a gorgeous creation!

Pixie said...

Wow, didn't realize at first it was a cupcake. Beautiful work!

Unknown said...

thanks eliza, the entries for the easter cake bake are so gorgeus! it's really hard to choose.

hi pixie...ya it almost doesn't look like a cupcake! especially with all those decorations on it. my mum had the pleasure of eating this and said it filled her up for the day!

Chris said...

too beautiful to eat! Such detail on something so small...

Unknown said...

thanks chris...i tried to squeeze on as much as i could!

Maggie said...

I thought your Easter nest cupcakes were very, very, pretty.
They were really creative.

Unknown said...

thank you margaret! they are definitely the most creative creation i've cooked up so far!

Y said...

How gorgeous! Looks almost too pretty to eat! :)