Creme Eggs fan? Then you'll love this Easter creation from cupcake Victoria Threader featuring a rich cocoa sponge with mini Creme Egg hidden in the middle
95g plain flour
20g corn flour
25g cocoa powder
50g butter, softened
115g dark soft brown sugar
3 medium eggs, beaten
125ml sour cream
24 Mini Creme Eggs
For the Swiss meringue buttercream
3 large egg whites
225g caster sugar
Pinch of salt
300g unsalted butter
Few drops of vanilla extract
Small, pea-sized blob of yellow food colouring paste (Victoria used Sugarflair's Egg Yellow)
You will also need
Open star tip icing nozzle (such as a Wilton 1M)
Pre-heat the oven to 160°C/140°C fan/320°F/Gas Mark 3 and line a 12-hole muffin tray with 12 cupcake cases.
Sift all the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Add the eggs, butter and sour cream and beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
Divide the mixture between the cases and place one Mini Creme Egg in the centre of each case. If you freeze the eggs for 10 minutes before putting them into the batter they stay nice and gooey. Bake for 25 minutes or until they have risen and spring back when you lightly press the top. Remove from the tray and leave to cool on a wire rack.
Dice the butter for the icing and leave to one side.
To make the icing: Place the sugar, salt and egg white into a large heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of boiling water to dissolve the sugar (make sure the bowl doesn't touch the water).
Once the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is smooth, remove from the heat and whisk (preferably with an electric whisk) until you have a thick meringue texture and keep whisking until the temperature has reduced to room temperature, you can check this by feeling the outside of the bowl.
Add the diced butter cubes one at a time and keep whisking until all the butter is incorporated. Add the vanilla extract and colouring.
To pipe the ruffly swirl: Attach the open star tip to a large piping bag and place in a tall glass, pulling the bag down around the glass. Fill the bag 2/3 full with the buttercream and twist at the top of the bag to close.
Apply pressure to the piping bag and, starting in the centre of the cake, pipe a star and pull up quickly to create a base for the swirl. Then, starting at the outside edge of the cupcake, pipe around the star applying pressure to create a ruffly effect. Build up in a spiral action to create a classic swirl.