Easter Cheesecake

A showstopper desert to round of your Easter lunch celebrations!

A crumbly biscuit base, topped with creamy white chocolate cheesecake and decorated with a chocolate nest filled with all the chocolate eggs I could find!

For the biscuit base you will need…

300g Digestive biscuits
150g Unsalted Butter

For the cheesecake filling…

2 x 180g tubs of Philadelphia cream cheese, at room temperature
75g icing sugar
300ml double cream, cold from the fridge
200g white chocolate

For the decoration…

8 x Flake chocolate bars
3 x packets of chocolate eggs (I used Mini-eggs, Galaxy golden eggs and Smartie eggs)
A couple of fluffy Easter chicks

Let’s get baking…

Line the bottom of a 23cm/8inch round lose-bottomed tin with grease proof paper.

Start with the base: Crush the biscuits to fine crumbs (I used a blender to speed this part up) and transfer to a bowl.

Melt the butter in the microwave in 10 second blasts until liquid and pour over the crushed biscuits. Mix through until the crumbs are fully coated.

Tip the mixture into the prepared tin and press firmly down into the base to create an even layer. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to set firmly.

Once set, move onto the cheesecake: Break the white chocolate up into a microwaveable bowl and melt in 10 second blasts until smooth. Leave to cool.

Sift the icing sugar into a seperate bowl, add the cream cheese and mix until combined. In another seperate bowl (sorry about the washing up!), whisk the double cream until stiff peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the cheesecake mixture.Β Pour in the cooled white chocolate and mix through until fully incorporated.

Spoon the mixture on top of the biscuit base and spread out into an ever layer. Chill in the fridge for at least four hours or overnight for best results.

To decorate: Chop the Flake bars into thirds and stack them in a circle leaving the middle empty. Sprinkle the crumbs around the outside of the nest. Fill theΒ middle of the nest with your different eggs and finish by perching a fluffy chick on top πŸ™‚

MaltEaster Bunny Brownie Cupcakes

Easter bake No.2 has bloomed!

This one is all about chocolate of course, Maltesers chocolate to be specific. Which you may know by now are a firm favourite of mine! For more Malteser recipes, check out the bottom of this post.

Right back to the bake…

Malteser brownie cupcake ‘soil’, sprouting white chocolate ‘grass’ and edible flowers, topped with an irresistible MaltEaster bunny.

This really is the perfect bake to put a spring in your step, even if it is currently -1 degrees outside! Come out and show your face sun, it is nearly April πŸ™‚

Look at the rise on these babies…

For 12 cupcakes you will need…

80g self-raising flour
65g cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
100g light brown sugar
100g caster sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
80ml sunflower oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
120ml buttermilk
2 x Teasers chocolate bar, chopped into small chunks

For the decoration you will need…

125g unsalted butter (soft, at room temp.)
250g icing sugar
100g white chocolate
Green gel food colouring
3 packets of Mini-MaltEaster Bunnies (they come in packs of 5, so you will have to eat the remaining three – how terrible! πŸ˜‰ )
12 edible flower decorations – I used these onesΒ from Sainsbury’s, most supermarkets will have some in their baking section
Piping bag fitted with a Grass nozzle (see below)

Let’s get baking…

Preheat your oven to 180Β°C and line a 12 hole cupcake baking tray with your favourite liners.

Sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into a bowl. Stir until combined.

In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, two sugars, oil and vanilla extract until smooth.

Now pour half of the dry ingredients into the wet, followed by half of the buttermilk. Mix together until combined. Repeat this step until all the ingredients are fully incorporated.

Throw in the chopped Teasers bars and mix through. Fill each cupcake case with the mixture about 3/4 of the way, leaving a little gap at the top to allow them to rise.

Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of one comes out clean. Leave to cool.

Now for the icing and decorating…

Beat the butter until pale in colour and fluffy. Sift in half the icing sugar and add 1/2 tbsp of milk, beat until no lumps remain.

Sift in the rest of the icing sugar, 1/2 tbsp milk and vanilla extract and beat together for approx. 3-5 mins until the buttercream is soft, smooth and fluffy.

Melt the white chocolate in the microwave in 10 second blasts. Pour into the buttercream and mix through.

Add a couple of drops of green food colouring and mix through until the desired colour is reached. Transfer the icing to your piping bag fitted with a grass shaped nozzle.

Pipe the buttercream in short upward movements…

Place a edible flower on each one, followed by a bunny sitting upright.

Inside Out Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Inside out? What does that mean? Based on the reaction I’ve had from friends and family, I’m guessing you’re probably thinking the same thing!

Well let me explain…sometimes you just don’t have the time (or patience) to pipe beautiful swirls of frosting on top of your cupcakes. So why not fill them with it instead! ‘Inside out’ making sense now?

The perfect Easter bake made simple… ‘Melt in the mouth’ carrot cake cupcakes, studded with walnuts and sultanas and filled with a creamy baked cheesecake center.

Now the cupcake recipe may require a fair few ingredients but don’t be put off by this, the method itself is actually really straightforward.

Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl, mix the wet in another, pour the wet into the dry and mix together.

Chuck in the walnuts, carrots and sultanas and stir.

Spoonful of cake mix, spoonful of cream cheese, top with more cake mix and bake. As an added bonus, your house will smell amazing during and after!

For 12 muffins, you will need…

175g light brown sugar
200g wholemeal self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
150ml sunflower oil
200g carrots
1 medium orange
100g chopped walnuts
100g sultanas

For the cream cheese filling, you will need…

180g Philadelphia cream cheese (1 small tub)
80g granulated sugar

Let’s get baking…

Preheat the oven to 180Β°C and line a 12 hole cupcake tin with your favourite cupcake cases.

1. Start with the surprise filling – Mix together the cream cheese and granulated sugar until smooth. Set aside to use later.

2. Now for the cucpcakes – In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, baking powder, spices and zest of the orange.

In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, vanilla extract, oil and juice of 1/2 the orange.

Fold the wet mixture into the dry ingredients until fully incorporated.

Now grate in the carrot and throw in the walnuts and sultanas. Fold the mixture together gently until combined.

3. Now to assemble – Drop about 1 tablespoon of mixture into the cases, top with a dollop of cream cheese and cover with enough mixture to fill the cases to about 3/4 full. Finish with a sprinkling of granulated sugar on each cupcake.

4. Time to bake – place the cupcakes into the center of the oven for approx. 18-20, or until a skewer/toothpick inserted into a non-cheesecake filled part of the cupcakes comes out clean. They should feel firm to the touch.

Your cupcakes will keep in an air tight container for up to 3 days.