Recipe: Hoppy Easter chocolate bunny cupcakes

It's Easter tomorrow - yay! 

Chocolate galore for the next 6 months. 

But that's never an excuse to not eat cake of course. 

There is ALWAYS room for cake. 

Especially cakes as cute as these. 


For the cupcakes: 
4tbsp boiling water 
40g cocoa powder
3 eggs
175g unsalted butter, room temp
165g golden caster sugar
115g self raising flour
1 heaped tsp baking powder

For decorating: 
75g unsalted butter, room temp 
150g icing sugar
A drop of vanilla essence 
A drop of green food colouring
12 malteser mini bunnies
A handful of chocolate beans

1. Fill a muffin tin with 12 cases and preheat the oven to 200c.

2. Sieve the cocoa powder into a bowl and mix with the boiling water to make a thick paste. 

3. Mix in all the other cupcake ingredients until smooth. 

4. Spoon into cases and bake for 12-15 minutes before allowing to cool on a wire rack. 

5. To make the buttercream: sieve the icing sugar into a bowl with softened butter and add the food colouring & vanilla essence. Mix well. 

6. Spoon into an icing bag with a grass/ hair nozzle and leave in the fridge for 5 minutes. 

7. Using a knife or cupcake corer, make a  little hole in the middle of each cupcake and place a maltesers bunny firmly in each. 

8. Pipe grass effect around the bunnies and add chocolate beans around. 

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