Recipe | Double chocolate nest cupcakes with chocolate eggs

Spring is officially here. Why not celebrate with chocolate nest cupcakes with chocolate buttercream and chocolate eggs? (Unless you’ve given up chocolate for Lent, in which case I apologise. Perhaps save this recipe to use in a few weeks’ time?)

How to make Chocolate nest cupcakes Easter recipe UK

In my family this recipe is known as “THE” chocolate cake recipe. I think my Mum found it ages ago in a copy of Good Housekeeping. The oil and golden syrup in the recipe makes the chocolate cake dense, moist and close to a fudge cake.

I made a large sandwich cake version of this recipe last year with Cadbury’s mini eggs – you can check that out here.

As these chocolate cupcakes are smaller, I used “micro” chocolate eggs this time (yes, that’s what they were called on the packet).

This is a great recipe if you don’t have the luxury of an electric mixer to help you. As long as you sift the dry ingredients, it’ll all very easy to stir by hand without having to worry about lumps.

Ingredients (makes 18-24 chocolate cupcakes)

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Recipe | Sooty cake (aka Guinness and chocolate cake!)

Don’t worry if you don’t like Guinness. This is a dense, moist, slightly malty chocolate cake even those who don’t love the black stuff can enjoy!

recipe for sooty cake guinness cake with chocolate buttercream icing and white chocolate shavings cut view

This recipe is from my recipe book. Which obviously means I got it from my mum at some point!

Ingredients (makes 8 very generous slices!)
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Easter baking round-up ft. extra chocolate cake!

Happy Easter everyone!

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I made these two Easter cakes yesterday. The recipe is the same as the one I used for this two layer chocolate cake (which I’ll mention below as well).

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In case you’ve missed the Easter / spring-themed recipes I’ve posted over the last three weeks, I thought I’d do a quick recap. Just my way of spreading some extra sweetness this Easter weekend 🙂 And it’s still not too late to make your own!

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1. Double chocolate Easter layer cake with mini eggs

Chocolate easter and spring season cake. Two layer chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream filling and green grass topping frosting decorations with eggs 4

Spring is here! I also used this recipe to make the bunny cake featured at the start of this post. A lovely rich chocolate mixture which always produces a rich, moist cake.

2. Shredded wheat chocolate nests with golden syrup and mini eggs

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Recipe | Double chocolate Easter cake! With mini eggs!

Spring is almost here. To me, that sounds like a good excuse for chocolate cake!

Chocolate easter and spring season cake. Two layer chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream filling and green grass topping frosting decorations with eggs 4

My family call this recipe “THE” chocolate cake recipe. My mum’s had it for years and I think it’s from an old copy of Good Housekeeping magazine. The oil in the recipe means the chocolate cake is dense, moist and a bit like fudge cake. It’s gorgeous! Although it’s still a little early for Easter eggs, spring is definitely in the air and this inspired the grass buttercream topping. Oh, and I just love Cadbury’s mini eggs, so any excuse to use them, I take it! 🙂

Ingredients

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Recipe | Giant choux buns filled with whipped cream and topped with melted Terry’s chocolate orange

Giant choux buns, profiteroles, or whatever you want to call them! Filled with whipped cream and topped with melted Terry’s chocolate orange 🙂

Giant choux buns profiteroles filled with double whipped cream and topped with melted Terry's chocolate orange

This recipe is from my notebook. Reading it back to myself, I think I copied it verbatim from my mum’s instructions.

Ingredients (makes 16-20 large choux buns)
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Recipe | Heavenly chocolate cake with fudge icing

Mary Berry’s heavenly chocolate cake with fudge icing

Heavenly chocolate cake with fudge frosting white chocolate shavings and gold sugar stars 2

This recipe is from Mary Berry’s Traditional Puddings & Desserts.

Ingredients (makes 8 very generous slices!)
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Recipe | Snickers muffins with two-colour buttercream swirl

Snickers muffins! With an ice cream-like swirl of buttercream frosting 🙂

Snickers muffins in cute paper cases

It all started when I realised I still had a packet of 4 Snickers bars in the cupboard which my Mum gave me a long time ago. I Googled “Snickers muffins” to see if I could find a recipe and couldn’t. But I did find a recipe for Mars Bar muffins so I just adapted that!

Ingredients

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Recipe | Chocolate fudge cake with chocolate buttercream frosting

Chocolate fudge cake with chocolate buttercream icing finished view from sideI’m gradually making good on my “fantastic idea” to make all the cakes which pop up in my first novel, Art and Soul. This week it’s chocolate fudge cake, which is the favourite of Becky, my main character.

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