April Fools Egg Cupcakes

We made these last year and they did a great job of fooling people:

The inspiration is from “What’s New Cupcake?”,┬áKaren┬áTack and Alan Richardson.

To make the eggs shells:

  1. Melt white candy wafers.
  2. Lightly oil a paper towel and rub the inside of the plastic eggs to coat with a thin layer of oil.
  3. Using a small teaspoon, coat the inside of the plastic egg with melted chocolate.
  4. Place shells upside down, on cookie sheet, in fridge for 5 minutes.
  5. Check and touch up any that need a second coat.
  6. When set (10 minutes) remove from fridge and carefully remove from plastic shells. You need broken shells too so don’t panic when some break.

To make cupcakes:

  1. Follow your favourite recipe for vanilla cupcakes (mine is now the recipe from this book).
  2. Tint lemon curd with 1 drop of red and 5 drops of yellow food colouring by placing in a zip lock bag and squishing (Daisy loved this part)
  3. Spread vanilla frosting over the cupcakes and smooth.
  4. For the yolk, pipe lemon curd straight from the zip lock bag, just cut off the corner.
  5. Arrange the white chocolate shells on top of the cupcakes so you have whole eggs and broken.
  6. Place in an egg cup or carton.

Daisy was very pleased with our efforts.

Not sure what we will try this year yet. We are planning!!!

Making Birds Nests

It may be a while until Easter is here but we are feeling spring like and decided to make a spring treat, birds nests. Yum!

You need:

  • Shredded wheat (this is the only reason we buy it)
  • Chocolate mini eggs
  • Bun cases
  • Chocolate

Break up the shredded wheat, as much as you want birds nests.

Melt the chocolate. I use the microwave or you can use a bain-marie. Add the chocolate to the shredded wheat and mix well ensuring chocolate coats everything.

Scoop the mix into bun cases.

The two spoon scoop is a great fine motor skills exercise.

Licking the spoons and scraping bowls is always a favourite bakers job!

Squish two eggs into the shredded wheat to complete the nest.

Now the difficult bit … wait until the chocolate cools and hardens! Enjoy.