Confession: I am a Cadbury Crackle Egg hoarder. It is out of control. I have five bags at home right now. I stock up on them as soon as they hit the shelves each spring because for whatever reason I am absolutely terrified that they will be discontinued. This is especially odd behavior for me, because I don’t even really like chocolate. I have a sweet tooth for things like cookie dough and peanut butter, but I don’t have an insatiable taste for chocolate. The exception is Cadbury Crackle Eggs. I just can’t get enough.
This post is not about a recipe, or a confession, but more about a delightful way to bring something different to the Easter baskets you are filling. I baked brownies with three varieties of Cadbury eggs nestled inside and they were so great that I felt obligated to share.
Plus the brownie cupcakes posed very well for photos.
Again, this is not a recipe. I used a mix – our favorite is the Ultimate Fudge Ghiradelli variety – and I didn’t make any substitutions. I love surprises in the middle of cupcakes, like cookie dough or cheesecake fillings. Not only does an interior filling add a great flavor kick, but also this method really stretches out the batter. I made five Creme Egg cupcakes, a dozen mini cupcakes with Caramel Creme Eggs. This is after I spilled about half of the batter all over myself before I even got started, which my dogs were not unhappy about:
- Prepare batter according to instructions.
- Cadbury Creme Eggs:
- Line a standard-sized muffin tin with paper wrappers.
- Unwrapped Cadbury Creme Eggs and put one in each cupcake liner.
- You will not need more than 1/4 cup of batter for each cupcake. Note that I used brownie mix, which doesn’t rise as much as cake batter. If you decide to go with cake batter, make sure you leave room.
- Cadbury Caramel Creme Eggs:
- Line a miniature-sized muffin tin with paper wrappers.
- Unwrap Caramel Creme Eggs and put one in each liner.
- Sidebar: those tiny-sized eggs were a bit difficult to unwrap. These are the kind of problems I have.
- I used no more than 1 tablespoon of batter for each miniature cupcake.
- Bake as directed.
- Once the cupcakes are cool, top with a small dollop of fudge ganache (the Ultimate Fudge mix comes with this, making my morning just that much easier!) and crown with a Cadbury Crackle Egg, if you can bear to part with one.