Easy Easter Tea Party Bakes

Chocolate Nests

These chocolatey childhood favourites are a classic for a reason. They really couldn’t be simpler to make, so be sure to let the kids get in on the stirring and decorating.

Ingredients:

300g milk chocolate

100g puffed rice cereal

200g mini eggs

To make:

1) Break the chocolate into a heat-proof bowl and place over a saucepan of boiling water and gradually melt.

2) Once melted, remove the bowl from heat and stir in the puffed rice.

3) Grease a 12-hole muffin tin with butter.

4) Spoon the puffed rice mixture evenly into the muffin tin and shape into nests.

5) Place three mini eggs in the centre of each nest.

6) Put in the fridge for two hours to set.

Easy Easter Tea Party Bakes

Chickie Biccies

It’s always worth having a simple biscuit recipe up your sleeve. The lemon zest in these adds a fresh spring-like flavour.

Ingredients:

100g (4oz) butter, softened

50g (2oz) caster sugar

150g (5oz) self-raising

Grated zest of one lemon

250g yellow ready-roll icing

Edible eyes

Red and yellow piping icing

To make:

1) Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas 4.

2) Grease two baking trays with butter.

3) Add the butter and sugar to a bowl and beat together. Gradually add the flour and mix through the lemon zest. Squidge the ingredients together with your hands to form a dough.

4) Roll the dough into 16 balls the size of a walnut.

5) Flatten the biscuits with a fork.

6) Bake for 20 mins until pale golden.

7) Allow to cool completely before decorating on a wire rack.

8) Roll out the yellow icing and use a round cookie cutter to make the body. Add the eyes. Then pipe on nose and feet using the coloured icing.

Easy Easter Tea Party Bakes

Bunny Ear Cupcakes

These super cute Easter cupcakes are sure to impress all the family.

Ingredients:

For the cake

110g softened butter

110g caster sugar

2 large eggs

½ tsp vanilla extract

110g self-raising flour

For the buttercream

150g softened butter

300g icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 tbsp milk

Green food colouring paste of your choice

Small quantity of white ready-roll icing

Small quantity of pink ready-roll icing

Edible flowers

To make:

1) Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.

2) Fill a 12 cupcake tray with cases.

3) Cream together 110g softened butter and 110g caster sugar until pale and fluffy. Stir in two large eggs and mix well.

4) Stir in the vanilla extract 110g.

5) Fold the self-raising flour and a pinch of salt into the mixture until it is just combined.

6) Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases.

7) Bake for 15 mins until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the middle of each cake comes out clean. Leave to cool completely on a wire rack.

8) To make the buttercream, beat 150g butter until it is soft and pliable then add 300g icing sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Combine until smooth then stir in 3 tbsp milk.

9) Following the packet instructions to get the desired colour, add the green food colouring to the buttercream.

10) Spoon or pipe the buttercream onto the cooled cupcakes.

11) Roll out the white and pink royal icing. Using a sharp knife cute bunny ear shapes from the white icing. Cut the same shape slightly smaller out of the pink icing and dab with water – place inside the white bunny ears to stick.

12) Put the ears into the green icing and dot with edible flowers.