Chocolate & Marshmallow, Easter Egg Cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes, filled with a sweet marshmallow ‘egg’, topped with fondant icing and easter egg decorations.

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Yesterday was the easter cake and coffee morning at work, so I wanted to bake something extra-specially eastery to bring along. I just couldn’t decide what to make, until I had some inspiration when really hungry before lunch! I was thinking about how cool it could be to try and make a cupcake with an egg centre, a bit like a creme egg.

I’ve used a marshmallow icing on cupcakes before, and thought it would taste great and give the consistency I needed for the egg filling to look right, so that is what I have used here.

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I decided I wanted to decorate the cakes to look like old fashioned decorated eggs, so I’ve used a fondant icing base, and decorated it with the typical stripes and spots you see on decorated eggs.

The coffee morning was really fun and there were some amazing cakes. Here is a picture of my friend’s white chocolate and coconut cakes with chick decorations, made with mini eggs and yellow fondant icing, how cute! And really simple to do!

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My cakes went down very well, I got lots of compliments on them, and everyone was really excited when they bit into them and revealed the egg centre.

So if you want to impress your friends and family with some Easter treats, then this is the recipe for you!

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Ingredients: Makes 20 Cupcakes

The Chocolate Cupcakes:

  • 150g Butter
  • 150g Caster Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 150g Self Raising Flour
  • 50ml Milk

The Marshmallow Filling:

  • 150g Granulated Sugar
  • 40ml Water
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 1tsp Orange Food Colouring

The Decoration:

  • 300g White Fondant Icing
  • Writing Icing, in a few different colours

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To Make:

The Cupcakes:

Preheat the oven to 180Β°C and line a cupcake tray with decorative cupcake cases.

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy – this should take about 5 minutes, then fold in the eggs one at a time, with the cocoa powder. Once combined, fold in the flour and milk, until the mixture is smooth.

Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases, until 2/3 full. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, until cooked though. Leave to cool on a wire rack before icing.

The Marshmallow Filling:

Combine the sugar and water in a pan and cook over a medium heat until the temperature reaches 120Β°C on a sugar thermometer (or until it has been bubbling for about 5 minutes).

While the sugar syrup is cooking, whisk together the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Then continue to whisk, as you pour in the hot sugar syrup.

Continue whisking for a further few minutes, until the mixture in smooth and glossy.

Transfer 1/3 of the mixture to a separate bowl and stir though the food colouring, until it is an egg yolk orange colour.

Assembling:

Cut a 3cm wide hole into the top of each cupcake.

Spoon 1tsp of white marshmallow into the hole, then use a spoon to create a hollow in the middle of the white marshallow, and add 1/2 a tsp of the orange marshmallow.

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Roll out the fondant icing to about 1cm thickness. Cut out 20 disks of about the same size as the tops of the cupcakes (I used the plastic container for the cupcake cases as a guide!).

Spread a tin layer of white marshmallow over the top of each cupcake,Β and then stick on the fondant icing disk, pressing it down at the edges, to completely cover the cake.

Use the writing icing to create easter egg patterns on the top of each cupcake – I’ve mainly used zig-zag lines and dots.

Serve!

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Valentines Day Cherry Marshmallow Brownie Sandwiches

Rich fudgy Chocolate brownies, cut into heart shapes, sandwiched together with sweet and fluffy cherry marshmallow frosting and topped with a white chocolate ganache.

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I had a big chocolate craving the other day, so decided the best thing to do would be to make a nice batch of gooey chocolate brownies. I was also planning on making a valentines day themed dessert, so I thought I’d try and make by brownies a bit special by cutting them into heart shapes and sandwiching them together with a cherry marshmallow frosting to make them even more indulgent!

These do require a little more effort than normal brownies, but they look fantastic and will definitely impress!

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Variations: The favour of the Marshmallow frosting could easily be changed by using a different fruit jam or even be changed to chocolate, for an extra-chocolaty treat. Alternatively, the brownies could be swapped for blondies, if you aren’t a big chocolate lover.

To make these even easier, they could just be sandwiched together with any flavour of standard buttercream!

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Ingredients: Makes 6-8 sandwiches, depending how efficient you are with your cutter!

For the Brownies:

  • 330g Caster Sugar
  • 200g Plain Chocolate
  • 120g Butter
  • 150g Plain Flour
  • 3 Eggs

For the Marshmallow Frosting:

  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 50g Cherry Jam
  • 200g Sugar
  • 50ml Water
  • 1 Sachet of Powdered Gelatine

White Chocolate Ganache

  • 100g White Chocolate
  • 25ml Double Cream
  • 1tsp Pink Food Colouring.

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To Make:

The Brownies:

Preheat the oven to 170Β°C and line a baking tray.

Melt the butter and chocolate in a pan over a low heat, and weigh out the caster sugar into a mixing bowl.

Once the chocolate mixture is melted, pour into the caster sugar and stir to combine

Add the eggs one at a time, mixing until fully incorporated.

Lastly, fold in the flour and pour into the prepared baking dish.

Bake in the preheated over for 30-35 minutes.

Leave to cool completely, then turn out onto a chopping board and cut out as many heart shapes as possible with a heart shaped cookie cutter.

Whilst the Brownies are Cooling, make the Marshmallow Frosting:

Whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks, and then fold in the cherry jam.

Meanwhile heat the sugar and water in a pan until they reach 124Β°C on a sugar thermometer, this should take around 6-8 minutes. Then stir in the gelatine.

Slowly pour the hot syrup into the egg whites, whisking constantly, until all the syrup has been incorporated.

Continue whisking for a further 5 minutes, until the mixture is shiny, glossy and light.

Once the brownies are cooled, use the marshmallow frosting to sandwich two of the hearts together.

The White Chocolate Ganache.

Heat the cream and chocolate in a pan over a low heat until melted.

Coat the tops of the brownie sandwiches in the white chocolate mixture.

Colour the rest of the ganache with pink food colouring and drizzle over the top of the brownies to give a striped effect.

Leave the chocolate and marshmallow frosting to set, and then the brownies are ready to serve!

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