Tomorrow is Good Friday and Lloyd has the day off. Hopefully we are going out boating with R&V, but if this falls through we'll probably go to Matauri Bay for a bit of surfing. I tried boogie boarding last weekend and adored it. Lloyd bought me a board and I'm desperate to try it out. Regardless of what we end up doing, I wanted to make some easter cupcakes to share.
I went for rich chocolate with vanilla buttercream icing.
I used this recipe - which you can halve if you don't want to make as many. I tend to make a full batch and freeze half.
This makes 24-27 standard sized cupcakes
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa (best quality available)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (best quality available)
1 cup boiling water
Line tin with paper liners. Heat oven to 180C
Into the Kitchen Aid (or mixer!) bung together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix a bit.
Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for one minute.
Stir in boiling water.
Fill papers 2/3 full with batter. ( use one of those old fashioned ice cream scoops)
Bake cupcakes for about 18-22 minutes. ( mine took 16)
Cool completely on wire rack before frosting.
I used my tried and tested vanilla buttercream recipe
I used the wilton tip with all the holes in it to make the grass. The wee eggs are bought ones. I thought about making some tiny white fondant flowers as well, but thought that might be overkill so left them as they were.