Chocolate is a staple in any baker’s kitchen. Chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, white chocolate – and from the standard baking fare, it is not a big leap to move onto other chocolate candies. I’ve used chocolate malt balls, peanut butter cups and chocolate covered toffees before, amongst other things. While you can cook with a lot of different types of candies, some are always overlooked for baking purposes. Perhaps they’re simply meant to be enjoyed as they are. Perhaps they just haven’t had the right opportunity.
I took a recent opportunity to do a little baking with some Mini Cadbury Creme Eggs, embedding them right in the center of a muffin. It seemed like a fun Easter baking experiment to use the eggs as a filling in one of my basic muffin recipes. I opted for muffins, rather than cupcakes, because muffin batter is thicker and I wanted something that would support the weight of the Creme Egg. Also, since the eggs have a very sweet fondant filling, I figured that a sweet cupcake with a sweet frosting would be too much to pair with the egg. The mini eggs are about 1/4 the size of a typical Cadbury Creme Egg, with a fairly thick chocolate shell and not too much filling. They are the perfect size to fit into a muffin tin and be covered with batter.
I was surprised with how well the muffins turned out, and even more impressed with how good the center looked after baking. The eggs held their shape very well and the sugary fondant inside cooked to a firmer consistency than it had when it went into the oven. This meant that I didn’t get the oozing I anticipated when I cut into a muffin, but it did make the whole thing much easier to eat. The muffin itself is tender and moist, with a good vanilla flavor. It is sweet, but not so sweet that it would be mistaken for a cupcake. The egg center is like a prize – a sweet, chocolaty, edible prize - inside of the muffin, since you don’t expect it until you bite right into it.
Overall? I wouldn’t trot these out at just any Sunday brunch, but they’re definitely a fun way to celebrate Easter. And also not a bad way to prevent yourself from eating a whole batch of Cadbury Mini Creme Eggs in one go, since you’ll have to eat through each muffin to get to them first.
Cadbury Creme Egg Muffins
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
12 mini Cadbury creme eggs (not full size)
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, melted butter and vanilla until smooth. Whisk in milk.
Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until just combined and no streaks of flour remain. Evenly distribute muffin batter into prepared pan. Place 1 mini Cadbury creme egg in the center of each muffin. You can use a small knife to pull a bit of batter over the top of the mufin, if you like.
Bake for 14-16 minutes, until the top of the muffin springs back when lightly pressed and the edges are a light gold.
Cool on a wire rack before slicing.