Thursday, 2 April 2015

Mint Chocolate Easter Cupcakes (Vegan)

These cute mint chocolate Easter cupcakes are a variation on my easy vegan fairy cake recipe. I couldn't find any vegan mini-eggs locally, so I painted some mint imperials with dots of brown food colouring. Just be sure to warn guests that the eggs are hard sweets, in case they try and bite into them or give them to young children!

Makes 12

  • 150g/6oz dairy free spread/margarine
  • 150g/6oz sugar
  • 150g/5oz SR flour
  • 25g/1oz sifted unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 heaped tsp Orgran No Egg mixed with 7 tbsp water (or use a similar egg-substitute)
  • ½ tsp xanthan gum
Cream the spread and sugar together until light and fluffy.
Add the remaining ingredients and mix gently until combined.
Spoon the mixture between 12 paper cake cakes in a muffin tin, filling quite generously.
Bake at 180C/170C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4 for around 20 minutes, or until firm to the touch.
Cool on a wire rack.

When cold, top with mint butter cream/frosting...

Vegan butter icing

  • 50g/2oz dairy free spread/margarine
  • 125g/5oz icing sugar
  • ½-1 tsp peppermint extract 
  • green food colouring
  • 1-2 tsp boiled water
Soften the spread.
Mix in the mint extract and colouring.
Beat in the icing sugar gradually, adding a little boiled water as needed to make a soft, spreadable mixture.

Pipe onto the top of each cupcake, once cold.

For the nests
100g/4oz dairy-free chocolate, melted
40g/1½oz rice crispies
12 vegan mint imperials (check ingredients for gelatine) or dairy-free chocolate mini eggs.
12 mini Easter chicks

Mix the cereal into the melted chocolate until coated. Spoon into a well greased mini muffin pan.
Press the crispies down with the back of a teaspoon and make a slight indent for the egg and chick to sit in. Chill until needed. 
Carefully remove the nests from the tin, using a palette knife, and place one on top of each iced cake.
Fill with a chick and an egg.

Top tip: Warning - do not open the oven to check until at least 15 minutes have passed (unless you can smell them burning!), as the egg-replacer takes longer to set than eggs would. I found this out whilst cooking my first batch and they sunk in the middle!
 tea time treats

Alternatives: Make a large chocolate sandwich cake by dividing the mixture between two greased and lined sandwich cake tins and baking for 25-30 minutes. 

I'm linking this post to April's chocolate-themed Tea Time Treats linky hosted by Lavender & Lovage and The Hedgecombers

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  1. These sound delicious! And you've managed to melt my heart with those adorable little chicks; they bring back wonderful memories from childhood. :')

    Vegetarian Courtesy


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