As the long weekends beckon, we have one more awesome and super special DIY for you before you get whisked away in a flurry of (hopefully) doing nothing! The fabulous Annari from Nelle Cakes has joined the DIY team to create a cute-as-a-button DIY that will be perfect for two lovebirds to share on an autumn sunset picnic (to catch the last bit of sun before winter sets in?).
Or use only one cupcake in a smaller jar and serve with your Easter meal. You can even use it as a wedding favour!First comes the baking part and Annari has perfected this easy-to-bake recipe.
- 140 g unsalted butter, soft
- 200 g light brown sugar
- 1 large egg (50g)
- 50 g plain yoghurt
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 180 g cake flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp ginger
- pinch salt
- 150 g grated carrots
- 50 g pecan nuts, roughly chopped
- 145 g butter, soft
- 130 g cream cheese, room temperature
- 500 g icing sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Step 1Preheat oven to 180 °C. Line a 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners.
Step 2Using an electric mixer, beat together butter and light brown sugar. Add the egg, vanilla and yoghurt, mix well.
Step 3In another bowl weigh all dry ingredients together and mix. Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture, mix until well combined.
Step 4Stir in the grated carrots and chopped pecan nuts.
Step 5Divide among paper cups. Bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of a cupcake comes out clean.
Step 6Using an electric mixer, beat the butter, cream cheese and icing sugar until smooth. Add vanilla extract. Beat until frosting is pale and fluffy.
Step 7Take one cooled cupcake, remove the paper liner and place in the bottom of your Consol jar. Now scoop in a layer of frosting. Add your second layer of cupcake, finishing up with a big dollop of frosting. Sprinkle with roughly chopped pecan nuts.
Step 8Pretty up your Consol jar with an Easter bunny cuff (fold a strip of paper into a concertina to make cutting easier. We have included a bunny template for you to use too) or simply use ribbon and lace. Add the message disk to the top by sticking it down onto the lid with double-sided tape and there you have a wonderful and yummy Easter dessert to enjoy.