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Tuesday 27 March 2012

Baking for Beginners: Creme Egg Surprise Cupcakes

"Ridiculicious", proclaimed my friend Jo when she tried these. "These cakes are both ridiculous and delicious". She has a point. Baking a Creme egg into the middle of a cupcake sounds so sickly sweet that simply reading about them feels like it'll give you seven cavities. And yet they work - the mini egg gives you a sweet caramel hit halfway through, but isn't so overwhelming that you feel like you've had your annual sugar intake in a single cake.

I saw a photo of these cakes on Pinterest and knew I had to recreate them. After some trial and error, I can recommend freezing the Creme eggs first so they melt less in the oven. And don't push them too far down, or the hot baking tray will melt the chocolate and the insides will leak out. It'll still taste lush but won't look as pretty.

The fudge topping is really gilding the diabetic lily, but tastes oh-so-good.

Creme Egg Surprise Cupcakes (makes 10)

You will need:

For the cakes:
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 110g butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs at room temperature, beaten
  • 95g self-raising flour
  • 15g cocoa powder
  • Packet of mini Creme eggs, straight from the freezer
For the topping:
  • Icing sugar, sieved
  • Mini fudge pieces
Make it!
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / gas mark 4. Line a cupcake tin with cases.
  2. Cream together the caster sugar and butter with an electric mixer or wooden spoon, until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs and vanilla essence.
  3. Sift in the flour and cocoa and gently fold in.
  4. Half fill each cupcake case with cake mixture. Pop a mini Creme egg into the middle of each and gently push down. Pop more mixture on the top to cover them.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until well risen, and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Mix the icing sugar with water to form a smooth, thick consistency. Top the cooled cakes with it, then scatter on some fudge pieces.


  1. I want to pit my Lindt truffle cupcakes against your Creme Eggs ones. That would be the best sugar coma.

  2. oh my goodness, I could see this getting totally out of hand. I'm going to put ALL the eggs in the cupcakes.

  3. Looking at the photo I was thinking full-size creme egg... now how would that be??

  4. I'm with Susie - for a minute I thought it was an enormous cupcake with a full-size Creme Egg *dies*

  5. Oooh, yummy! Super and sticky and naughty - what more can you want from fairy cakes? Thank you for this, sounds amazing and I may have to try it/them...

  6. You could put loads of them in a regular sized cake...

  7. Thank you thank you thank you, I cannot wait to try this. Diets are bad for you anyway, let's be happy!

  8. want to try my MiniGalaxy egg ones with salted ganache!

  9. Genius! Have printed out the recipe and shall surprise the kids with this at Easter. Of course, we're really only making them for us.

  10. Interesting, last time I tried this the creme eggs went solid and grainy so not very appearing, maybe time to try again

  11. I am DELIGHTED by how excited you all are by these. They are delicious. Please report back with your baking triumphs.

    Bagpuss: I wonder why that happened? Maybe they were baked for too long? Freezing them helps them keep their shape and consistency, I think.

  12. I've just made these - didn't have any fudge but luckily I had some 'splats'. Very appropriate

  13. I have been out this morning and bought my supply of mini creme eggs! Resisting the urge to make them right now, I'm going to make a big batch for my family at Easter.

  14. ooo what a great idea, thanks for sharing the recipe! I've bought the ingredients ready for baking these cupcakes over the weekend. I just hope I'll be able to refrain from eating the creme eggs between now and then...

  15. Anon - an excellent addition.

    Helen and Kelly - let us know how it goes! I find putting the creme eggs in the freezer not only helps with the finished cakes, but also stops any accidental snacking.

  16. I baked, & ate these today. Everyone agreed they were delicious & so easy to make.

  17. Just made these, they're so yummy :D. Piped yellow icing on top with those tiny mini eggs too! Ultimate sickly cakes haha :D

  18. Also ran out of creme eggs so a few had mini caramel eggs in them :D

  19. Going to make these for family to celebrate my daughters 1st birthday on good friday. Cant wait to see their faces xx

  20. Going to make these for family to celebrate my daughters 1st birthday on good friday. Cant wait to see their faces xx


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