Easter Muffins

Apr 7, 2012 by

It has been a busy few days and I’m just getting to post this now. The kids were tugging at my legs to get at these little treats. I did not decorate all the muffins because, well… my kids do a really cute thing. They eat the frosting and then say “Mommy! I’m finished!” – and they literally leave the muffin behind. Seriously. If there is frosting, more than likely, they will not eat the cake. Maybe this little thing they do isn’t so cute after all.

I found this recipe in a little book called “100 Muffins From 1 Easy Recipe”. Chances are, I’m going to make every muffin in this book. What caught my eye about this recipe was not necessarily the theme, even though I was certainly looking for an Easter recipe. The cupcakes were adorable! Very simple, compared to what I’ve seen out there, but adorable none the less. I will be the first to say it out loud that I’m not the best at decorating cakes. I only just started a few months ago (barely). I’m teaching myself so that I can at least do something, if needed. Practice makes perfect. I did my best so here’s my first Easter Muffin :-)

 

Easter Muffins - Chocolate Muffins with Nest Frosting and Mini Chocolate Eggs

 

 

Easter Muffins
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Lyn
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Serves: 12
A simple chocolate muffin, decorated with a simple frosting and mini chocolate eggs for Easter
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour, Unbleached
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/8 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk
  • 6 Tbsp Sunflower Oil or Melted Butter (cooled)
  • Frosting:
  • 6 Tbsp Butter, Softened
  • 1 1/2 Cups Confectioners’ Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Milk
  • A small pack of Sugar Coated Mini Chocolate Eggs, to decorate
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Grease a 12 cup muffin pan or line with liners
  3. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt into a large bowl
  4. Stir in the brown sugar
  5. Lightly beat eggs in a large measuring jug. Beat in the buttermilk and oil
  6. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the buttermilk liquid
  7. Stir until just combined. Do not over mix
  8. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan
  9. Bake for 20 minutes
  10. Allow muffins to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes then transfer to wire rack to cool completely
  11. Frosting:
  12. In a large bowl, beat the butter until light and fluffy
  13. Sift in the confectioners’ sugar and beat together until smooth and creamy
  14. Lastly, beat in the milk
  15. When the muffins are cooled completely, put the frosting in a pastry bag with a large star tip attached and pipe a circle around the top of each muffin to form a “nest”
  16. Place chocolate eggs in the centre of each nest as decoration

 

I found these a few weeks ago. So perfect! I love that they are reusable and colourful too.

 

Silicone Muffin Liners

 

I wore my apron to do this. I’ve been powdered up by Cocoa one time too many! :-)

 

Sifting the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt

 

So this recipe called for only 1/2 Cup of brown sugar. The muffins were not overly sweet so I can see myself adding chocolate chips to this recipe in the future. No frosting needed, of course.

 

Fold in the brown sugar

 

 

Muffin batter ready for the oven

 

These came out quite wonky to me :-) The photograph in the book looked waaaaaay better than mine. A+ for effort though, right? :-)

 

Easter Muffins, decorated

 

And then my Diva daughter decided that she did not want the cupcake with the mini chocolate eggs. Actually, she said that they were not in fact cupcakes because they had no sprinkles on them. She pointed to where I keep the sprinkles and requested that I make “real” cupcakes for her so that she could eat it.

Well excuse me.

The sprinkle princess had her way.

 

Cupcakes with Sprinkles

 

Take good care of you

~Lyn

 

 

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10 Comments

  1. These are so pretty to look at! I used to be the exact same with icing on birthday cakes, I thought it was the best bit! I swear kids must be immune to sugar or something.

  2. Lyn, I think you keep outdoing yourself with these awesome photos you take of your handiwork! These pictures are absolutely gorgeous. The colours and the lay out of the items … 2 enthusiastic thumbs up! I’m sure they tasted great too!

  3. Oh wow, blown away by your photography as usual. Lovely post.

  4. Gorgeous reusable muffins liners. I should really invest in some too.

    I totally understand about the frosting-eating-only thing. My niece does that same thing. She’ll just lick the frosting off and then slowly eat the cakey part, but she won’t finish it!

    Also, I love these muffins. It’s nice to see white frosting, away from all the artificial grass-looking frosting, to nest the eggs.

    • Absolutely, these liners are perfect. I need to find plain ones. These are quite bright :-s but they are fun. I’m thinking I’ll try hiding the frosting INSIDE the muffin. :-) Thanks, Chung-Ah!

  5. I love the sprinkle princess!! Lol-your kids sound like my brother and I 😛 These are super adorable!

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