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  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 100ml whole milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract


  • 150g unsalted butter, softened
  • 250g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or paste
  • 2 x 80g bags Cadbury Mini Eggs, some halved, some left whole
  • 10g (approximately 2 squares) dark or milk chocolate, grated (optional)


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with muffin cases. Combine the flour, cocoa powder and a pinch of salt in a large bowl.

  • STEP 2

    In another large bowl use an electric hand mixer to beat together the sugar and butter until pale and fluffy. In a jug, whisk together the egg, milk and vanilla.

  • STEP 3

    Add half the flour and half the milk/egg mixture to the creamed butter and sugar, then beat together. Add the rest of the flour and milk/egg mixtures and beat again to make a smooth batter.

  • STEP 4

    Divide the batter between the muffin cases, then bake for 20 minutes or until risen and a toothpick or skewer inserted into a cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for a couple of minutes, then remove to a rack to cool completely.

  • STEP 5

    For the buttercream, use an electric hand mixer to slowly beat the softened butter with the icing sugar until fully combined and velvety (add a tiny drop of boiling water to soften, if necessary). Beat in the vanilla.

  • STEP 6

    Pipe or spread buttercream on top of each cupcake, then decorate with halved and whole Mini Eggs and a little grated chocolate, if you like.


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