This Easter it’s all about Chewie. Forget bunnies and chicks… try out these dino egg cupcakes instead! Juniper Cakery have created this totally Chewie inspired tutorial for you to try at home. Why not whip some up with the kids… or make some yourself as a weekend treat.
Freshly baked cupcakes swirled with buttercream
1 small bar of milk chocolate approx. 50g
White sugarpaste (also known as fondant)
Pastel colour sugar paste (Chewie’s favourite colours are green, pink, blue, yellow and purple)
Microwave safe jug or bowl
Food safe gloves
Palette knife or spatula
Small round circle piping pipe or a brand new paper straw
Get your cupcake or cupcakes ready! Pipe each with a tasty swirl of buttercream and you’re ready to go. Don’t worry about making each super perfect as this tutorial is all about those fun dinosaur decorations.
Remember those chocolate nests you might have made growing up? They are so quick to make and you’re bound to have the ingredients in your cupboard already. Add broken pieces of chocolate to a microwave safe jug or bowl. Pop in the microwave and heat for around 50 seconds. Make sure to check on them at every 10 – 20 second interval. Stir with your palette knife or spatula to help any lumps melt away.
Now pour some corn ﬂakes in a bit at a time. Mix gently. You should add enough corn ﬂakes to your melted chocolate so that every ﬂake is coated. Keep adding corn ﬂakes so that you’re not left with lots of melted chocolate. Your mixture should also be more of a sticky cornﬂake mix than runny.
Add tablespoon dollops of your cornflake and chocolate mix on to some parchment paper. Using your spoon try and make a little well in the middle of each nest. Remember that these need to fit on top of your cupcake so try to keep them approx. 5cm in size. Leave to set. You’ll know they’re ready when the chocolate looks matte and not shiny.
Take your nests and gently nestle them in place on top of your cupcake(s).
Now take your white sugar paste and roll into a smooth ball around the size of a golf ball using gloved hands.
Tip: If you’re using food safe gloves make sure they’re a good ﬁt and not too big as this can leave creases in the sugar paste.
While rolling taper one end of the ball slightly and you’ll start to notice it taking on an egg shape. You taper it by pinching one end slightly or by concentrating a back and forth rolling motion on one end to the sugar paste ball.
Gently press your sugar paste egg onto the tops of your nest. You can use any left over melted chocolate to stick these in place. Generally, fondant is a bit sticky or soft once it’s been worked with so it should stay in place!
Roll out small amounts of your pastel coloured sugar paste on a very lightly icing sugared surface. You can now cut out your egg’s colourful spots using either a small round piping tip if you have one or a brand new paper straw. Just remember to dip your piping tip or straw in a little icing sugar. This will help the sugar paste / fondant to not stick. You can also cut out different sized dots if you want to.
Carefully attach to your egg. Again, sugar paste is usually a little sticky once it has been worked with so they should automatically adhere. If not then try a little extra pressure when placing them on.
Now you should have some super cool dino-egg cupcakes ready to enjoy this Easter. This tutorial is also egg-cellent for Chewie themed birthday parties, why not add two little green legs as though a dinosaur is hatching!?