Easter cupcakes with nests

Easter cupcakes with nests | Easy Food
Makes 12
225g butter, at room temperature
225g Shamrock Golden Caster Sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
4-5 tbsp milk
A few drops of Goodall's Vanilla Essence
300g Odlums Self Raising Flour
1 tsp Odlums Baking Powder

For the buttercream icing:
125g butter, at room temperature
225g icing sugar, sieved
A few drops of Goodall's Vanilla Essence
A few drops of Goodall's Colouring, (optional)

For the chocolate nests:
125g milk chocolate, melted
Shredded wheat, crushed
Mini eggs
  1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C/160˚C fan/gas mark 4 and line a 12-cup cupcake tin with paper cases.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs, milk and vanilla essence. If mixture starts to curdle, add a little of the flour.
  3. Sieve in the flour and baking powder, mixing gently to combine.
  4. Divide the mixture among the cups and bake for 15-20 minutes until firm to the touch. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
  5. Beat the butter, icing sugar and vanilla essence for the buttercream until smooth and creamy. If desired, divide the icing into separate bowls for each colour you want to use; gradually add the colouring and mix well until the required colour is achieved.
  6. Pipe or swirl the icing onto each cupcake.
  7. To make the chocolate nests, mix together the melted chocolate and crushed Shredded Wheat in a bowl. Shape the mixture into 12 nests, leaving a hollow in the centre. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper to set. When cold, place some mini eggs into the centre of each.
  8. Top the cupcakes with the chocolate nests.

Per Serving: 540kcals, 28g fat (17.5g saturated), 69.2g carbs, 42.9g sugars, 5.8g protein, 2.1g fibre, 0.19g sodium