Saturday, March 30, 2013

Hot Cross Bun Cupcakes

It's Easter Sunday! Hooray, time to eat chocolate! Wait, is that the chocolate day? I never know which day it is you're supposed to eat the chocolate.

In our house it's usually as soon as Easter eggs go on sale, which lets face it, is as soon as Christmas is over.

Hot Cross Bun CupcakesHot Cross Bun Cupcakes

In any case, we love our Easter eggs round here (especially home made ones!) but we're also massive fans of hot cross buns. If only there were a way to combine these two Easter treats...

Cue Hot Cross Bun Cupcakes with Easter eggs on top, tah dahhh!

Hot Cross Bun Cupcakes

These cute cupcakes are more than a delicious spiced cupcake topped with a hollow chocolate egg, they are also filled with treats so that when you crack open the top they tumble out, just waiting to be eaten!

Kirsten from High Tea with Dragons and I came up with these magnificent creations for a competition run through NZGirl (where we both blog occasionally) and we think they're the best invention ever, although we might be a bit biased.


While doing my research for our cupcake/bun hybrid I noticed there really weren't many recipes for hot cross bun flavoured cupcakes. The cupcake recipes I found looked like hot cross buns but weren't flavoured like them.

That's where we hit the jackpot.

These cupcakes are flavoured with allspice and cinnamon but instead of stuffing raisins and peel inside (no one likes them anyway right?) we threw in some chocolate chips. Genius! ...if we do say so ourselves.

Hot Cross Bun CupcakesHot Cross Bun Cupcakes
Hot Cross Bun CupcakesHot Cross Bun Cupcakes
Hot Cross Bun CupcakesHot Cross Bun Cupcakes
Hot Cross Bun CupcakesHot Cross Bun Cupcakes

Hot Cross Bun Cupcakes
Makes approx. 12 Cupcakes


125g butter, at room temperature
½ cup caster sugar
2 eggs
1 cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. all spice
1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ cup milk
¾ cup milk chocolate chips

Chocolate Buttercream:
110g butter, at room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla essence
1 ¾ cups icing sugar
¼ cup cocoa
2 tsp. milk

Royal Icing:
3 egg whites
4 cups icing sugar
½ tsp. cream of tartar

12 medium sized hollow Easter eggs, sliced in half horizontally
Lollies and sprinkles of your choice (we used Jelly Belly’s and Smarties)

  • Preheat oven to 190 degrees C and line a muffin tin with cupcake cases.
  • Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating well between each.
  • Sift together flour, baking powder, all spice and ground cinnamon and add to creamed mixture. 
  • Stir until well combined.
  • Gradually add milk and mix well.
  • Add chocolate chips and gently fold through mixture.
  • Fill cupcake cases 2/3 with mixture. 
  • Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Transfer to a rack to cool completely before decorating.

Chocolate Buttercream
  • Beat butter until creamy.
  • Add vanilla to the butter and beat until incorporated.
  • Sift icing sugar and cocoa into a separate bowl.
  • Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture one cup at a time.
  • Mix until lumpy then add milk until you reach a nice soft consistency that you can pipe with.
  • Pipe small round swirls on cupcakes, using a medium sized round tip.

Royal Icing
  • Make sure all your equipment is oil free by washing in boiling hot soapy water before beginning.
  • Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
  • Using a whisk attachment, beat until well incorporated, making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl as you go.
  • Beat icing on a medium speed for 8 minutes.
  • Cover with a clean damp tea towel and set aside.

  • Fill the round side of the Easter egg with treats to the brim.
  • Hold the cupcake upside down and gently press into the filled Easter egg.
  • Using a small tip, pipe two lines of royal icing on the Easter egg to make a cross.
  • Crack into the egg and enjoy your surprise!

Royal icing recipe from, chocolate buttercream recipe adapted from Savoury Sweet Life.


  1. They're so cool. You guys did Great job. I'm in the camp of liking the fruit and citrus. But it would be easy enough to swap out the chocolate for currents and a little zest if people were so inclined. Such a great idea with the decoration :-)

  2. What a great idea and your cupcakes look totally gorgeous!