This is one for the Children out there. Chocolate cupcakes are always a favourite. You can make these as regular (24) or minis (48).
115g dark chocolate
85g butter, at room temperature
175g soft brown sugar
2 eggs, separated
185g plain flour, sifted
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
250ml milk, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 Tbsp sweetened desiccated coconut
Green food colouring
Preheat oven to 190C/gas mark 5.
Break the chocolate into pieces and melt it. Leave to cool.
In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar until the mixture is pale and smooth.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks for several minutes. Add the egg yolks to the creamed mixture and beat well.
Add the melted chocolate to the mixture and beat well.
Combine the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda in a separate bowl.
Add the vanilla extract to the milk.
Add a third of the flour to the mixture and beat well. Pour in a third of the milk and beat again. Repeat until all the flour and milk have been used.
In a clean bowl, whisk the whites until you have soft peaks.
Carefully fold the egg whites into the batter mixture, using a metal spoon. Do not beat or you will take all the air out of the mixture.
This is quite a runny batter, so take care when spooning into the cupcake cases as it can be very messy! Alternatively, pour the batter into a jug first then just pout the batter into the cupcake cases, makes it a lot easier.
Bake for 20 minutes (regular size) or 15 minutes (mini size). Leave in the tins for 10 minutes before placing on a wire rack to cool completely.
To decorate, spread top of the cakes with Nuttella, put mini eggs on the cakes.
Add green food colouring to the coconut then sprinkle the coconut around the eggs