These Cadbury Creme Egg Scotch eggs are ridiculously decadent. A fudgy, chocolate cake dough is wrapped around a whole cream egg and rolled in crunchy, delicious chocolate sprinkles.
They're a seriously eggs-tra take on this classic snack for Easter. See what I did there?
To make them, you'll only need four, highly chocolatey ingredients: chocolate muffins, chocolate fudge frosting, chocolate sprinkles and, of course, creme eggs!
You'll start by crumbling the muffins into a bowl, then add the chocolate fudge frosting. The fun bit comes next as you plunge your hands into the bowl and squish everything together to form a chocolate dough - it's a bit like making cake pops but easier!
Once you've created your dough, you'll simple divide it into four, squish it into four discs and then wrap each one around a whole Cream Egg. Yummm.
For the final step, all you'l need to do is roll the eggs in sprinkles and pop them in the fridge to firm up. Easy peasy! And so, so delicious. They'd be perfect for a very egg-stravagant Easter picnic, or even placed in a box as an Easter gift.
Here's the full recipe for my creme egg Scotch eggs, complete with step by step photos so you can see clearly what to do at every step.
- 4 chocolate chip muffins (approx 300g / 7oz total)
- 200 g (⅔ cup) chocolate fudge frosting
- 70 g (2.5 oz) chocolate sprinkles
- 4 (⅓ cup) creme eggs
Break the muffins up into a bowl.
Add the chocolate fudge frosting.
Squish it all together with your fingers - it gets messy but it's worth it - then gather to form a ball.
Divide the ball into four equal pieces and roll those into balls.
Flatten each ball with the palm of your hand to about 1.5cm (1/2 inch) thick.
Place a full-size Creme Egg in the centre of each one.
Bring the dough up around the eggs and press to enclose them all the way around.
Put the sprinkles on a plate and roll the eggs in them to coat on all sides.
Place in the fridge for 2 hours to firm up before serving.
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Are Creme egg Scotch eggs easy to make?
This recipe is so easy. It only takes 10 minutes to turn 4 ingredients into these unbelievable Creme egg Scotch eggs!
All you need to do is mix some shredded muffins with frosting, then shape the mixture around a Creme egg and leave it to chill.
The muffins are shop-bought, so there’s no baking or cooking involved at all! So if you have any old chocolate muffins, this is a perfect way to use them up in an inventive and fun way.
Will I need any special equipment to make Creme egg Scotch eggs?
The most important equipment you’ll need for this recipe is your hands!
This recipe is made by breaking up the chocolate muffins into a bowl, combining them with some frosting for binding and then shaping the egg by hand.
So the only equipment you’ll need is a bowl, measuring equipment, a plate and a spoon - simple!
If you’re in doubt, there’s always a full list of suggested equipment on the recipe card below my recipes. I always include links to example products, so you can see exactly what I used to make each recipe.
What is a Scotch egg?
A Scotch egg is a bit of a weird snack to describe to people outside of the UK. It's a boiled egg, shelled and covered in sausage meat, then rolled in breadcrumbs and deep-fried. It’s nicer than it sounds and it's a very traditional snack for British picnics.
Though this version is definitely meat-free and shouldn’t be deep-fried!
Where can I buy Creme Eggs?
Creme Eggs are sold in the UK from January until Easter. They're so popular that you can buy them everywhere from train stations to supermarkets. So if you're in the UK, you’ll struggle not to find them!
They’re usually kept on the sweets and chocolate aisle. They're also often placed by the till at the checkout in the run-up to Easter.
The US has their own version of a Creme Egg, which is made with a different recipe. Apparently, it’s not as nice as a British Creme Egg, and depending on when it was made, may not be vegetarian or gluten-free either.
Easter isn't as widely celebrated in the US, but you should still be able to find Creme Eggs on the candy aisle of your local supermarket around Easter time.
Do I have to use chocolate chip muffins?
If you can’t find them or don’t want to use them, then you don’t have to use chocolate chip muffins. Any similar sort of cake will do. Though I don't think a doughnut would have the right texture to form the coating.
So feel free to use any flavoured muffin or cake you prefer, as long as the texture is similar to muffins.
How can I tell if chocolate fudge frosting has gone off?
When frosting is old it tends to dry out and crack. Chocolate fudge frosting usually has fairly low water content, so it can dry out pretty quickly if it isn’t kept in a sealed container.
The low water content and high sugar content means frosting doesn’t often grow mould, but it can, especially if it’s contaminated with crumbs.
So if your frosting is dry and cracked or even has mould, you should discard it and buy some fresh frosting.
Are Creme Egg Scotch Eggs suitable for vegetarians?
At the time of writing (February 2022), Creme Eggs (in the UK) are labelled as suitable for vegetarians.
So as long as you use vegetarian muffins and frosting, this recipe is suitable for veggies - yay!
Animal-derived products can be used to thicken, colour or flavour sweet and savoury food, so it sneaks into the most surprising ingredients! So always make sure that you double-check all of your ingredients labels to ensure that they’re veggie-friendly.
Also, don't forget to check anything extra that you intend to serve with your recipe.
Are Creme Egg Scotch Eggs suitable for vegans?
Unfortunately, this recipe isn’t suitable for vegans, as it contains dairy and potentially eggs (depending on the muffins you use).
While I haven’t made a vegan version of this recipe yet, it should be pretty easy to make a vegan version. There are vegan dupes for Creme Eggs, vegan chocolate chip muffins and vegan frosting all fairly easily available (in the UK).
For the Creme Egg alternative, a brand called Mummy Meagz makes a ‘vegan chuckie egg’. However, it’s only available in the run-up to Easter so you’ll have to look for it then.
For the muffins, there are several brands of vegan cakes available in supermarkets. Oggs is one of the leading brands, and they make vegan chocolate muffins, topped with chocolate fudge frosting. So if you use Oggs muffins it could save you having to use as much frosting.
Even dairy-free chocolate fudge frosting can contain trace elements of milk, so you might want to make your own chocolate fudge frosting. The BBC has a vegan chocolate fudge frosting recipe here, but it is more like a buttercream so it could be too soft.
Sprinkles are often vegan anyway but just look out for animal-derived ingredients like shellac or carnauba wax - as they’re often used in candy-coated ingredients to give them extra shine.
Always make sure that you double-check all of your ingredients labels to ensure that they’re vegan. Also, don't forget to check anything extra that you intend to serve with your vegan Creme Egg Scotch egg.
Are Creme Egg Scotch eggs gluten-free?
This recipe isn’t gluten-free as it contains chocolate muffins, made with wheat flour.
However, in the US and Australia, Creme Eggs are not considered gluten-free, as some sources say there are potential trace elements.
The ingredients for this recipe are all pre-prepared, and some ingredients, like the frosting, are typically gluten-free anyway.
So if you want to make a gluten-free version of these Creme Egg Scotch eggs, you just need to use gluten-free chocolate chip muffins and make sure the other ingredients are gluten-free.
The method won’t change if you use gluten-free ingredients, as there’s no cooking involved.
Double-check all of your ingredients labels to make sure that they are gluten-free. Don't forget to check anything extra that you intend to serve with your eggs.
Are Creme Egg Scotch Eggs keto-friendly?
This recipe is not keto-friendly as it contains a lot of sugar and carbohydrates.
Usually, I’ll recommend a way to adapt a recipe for a keto diet, but as this recipe is almost entirely made from sugar and carbs it’s pretty much impossible - sorry!
Are Creme Egg Scotch Eggs healthy?
These Creme Egg Scotch eggs are almost entirely made from sugar and fat, so they aren’t healthy.
But, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a chocolatey treat over Easter, especially after a nice long Easter walk or after an Easter Sunday lunch full of veg and goodness.
Are Creme Egg Scotch Eggs safe to eat while pregnant?
There’s nothing in this recipe that would be a risk to a pregnancy.
Pregnant people are often advised to be careful around runny eggs but don’t worry, Creme eggs are only filled with a runny sugar-based fondant - so they’re perfectly safe!
When you cook for someone in a vulnerable group (pregnant, older, young children), you should take extra care to make sure that all of your ingredients are in good condition and you prepare your food safely and hygienically.
A Mummy Too does not offer medical advice. Please seek help from a medical professional if you need further information or have any concerns.
What goes well with Creme Egg Scotch eggs?
Traditionally, Scotch eggs are eaten at picnics with cheeses, relishes and chutneys.
A chocolate Scotch egg is an uncharted territory, so you could take inspiration from tradition and serve them with jam or other sweet preserves.
Though I think these Creme Egg Scotch eggs would be best served as part of an Easter spread, or eaten on their own as a fun snack.
Can I make these Creme Egg Scotch eggs without sprinkles?
The sprinkles are just there to mimic the breadcrumb coating on a regular Scotch egg.
You will need to roll the eggs in something to give the sticky coating a shell, but feel free to use something like chopped nuts or even popping candy - though that might get a bit sticky!
Do I have to use chocolate fudge frosting?
Chocolate fudge frosting is ideal for this recipe as it’s a little stickier, so it binds the coating a little better.
If you can’t find chocolate fudge frosting, feel free to use another sort of frosting with a similar consistency. In the UK, Sainsbury’s has their own version that would work really well, a flavoured chocolate and orange frosting.
However, buttercream wouldn’t work very well as it would be too wet and melt more easily.
How should I store Creme Egg Scotch eggs?
It’s best to keep your Scotch eggs in an airtight container in a cool cupboard or pantry.
If you keep them in the fridge they’ll most likely become soggy over time, due to the way moisture behaves in refrigerators.
Make sure to keep them out of sunlight too, otherwise, they could melt.
How long will Creme Egg Scotch Eggs keep?
This recipe is basically a cake pop with a Creme Egg centre. So like cake pops, your Creme Egg Scotch eggs should last for around a week in an airtight container.
Cake pops usually keep for up to two weeks, but these eggs don’t have a candy coating so may become stale more quickly.
Can I leave Creme Egg Scotch eggs out on the counter?
You can leave your Creme Egg Scotch eggs out on the counter while you serve them.
After serving they should be stored in an airtight container, as they’ll be bug magnets if left out.
Can I make Creme Egg Scotch Eggs ahead?
These Creme Egg Scotch eggs are perfect for making ahead as they keep well for around a week.
Remember - you’ll need to chill them for at least two hours before serving, so you do need to set time aside to make them first.
Can I keep Creme Egg Scotch Eggs in the refrigerator?
As I said, it's not ideal to keep your Scotch eggs in the fridge, as they can become soggy over time. So it’s better to keep them in an airtight container in a dark cupboard or a cool pantry.
Can I freeze Creme Egg Scotch eggs?
I haven’t frozen these Scotch eggs, but in theory, it should be fine.
The chocolate fudge frosting should freeze better than buttercream frosting as there’s usually less water content. So the egg coating probably won’t split when you defrost them.
However, as with most recipes, I wouldn’t keep them for more than 3 months in the freezer.
What is the best way to defrost Creme Egg Scotch eggs?
The best way to defrost these Creme Egg Scotch eggs will be to place them in an airtight container in the fridge for around 4 hours.
Though I’m sure they’ll be fine to eat semi-frozen - there are no food safety concerns, it’s just a matter of preference.
Note - depending on the temperature, the chocolate might be a little grainy on defrosting.
Can I use different chocolate eggs to make Creme Egg Scotch eggs?
Feel free to use any sort of filled chocolate egg for this Creme Egg Scotch egg recipe. I used Creme eggs because it looks like a traditional Scotch egg, but if you prefer to use something different then go ahead!
Oreo, Lindt and Galaxy have their own eggs filled with biscuit, caramel and fondant, so they could work well.
If you make a variation of this recipe, I’d love to see some pics! I love seeing your experiments, so tag me on social media!
Can I make Creme Egg Scotch Eggs in a stand mixer such as a KitchenAid or Kenwood Mixer?
This recipe only needs your hands and a spoon to mix the ingredients, so there’s no need for a stand mixer at all.
Can I make Creme egg Scotch Eggs with a food processor?
You could use a food processor to quickly blitz your muffins up. If you tried to use a food processor to mix your muffins and frosting it would probably be too powerful and leave you with a Scotch egg coating which is too wet to work with.
How can I make sure my Creme Egg Scotch Eggs turn out perfectly?
This recipe is super simple and quick to throw together, but making sure you have the correct amount of ingredients is key to getting it perfect.
So I always recommend weighing out your ingredients before you begin the recipe, so your egg coating is the correct consistency to hold together.
Why did my Creme Egg Scotch Eggs turn out dry/crumbly?
If your egg coating is too crumbly and struggling to stick to the egg, then it sounds like there isn’t enough frosting in the coating mixture.
So, make sure you have the correct ratio of frosting to muffin, otherwise, the mixture won’t bind and stick.
Why did my Creme Egg Scotch eggs turn out wet/soft/dense?
If your Creme Egg Scotch egg coating is too wet, then it’s most likely because you’ve added too much frosting to the mix.
You only need to add enough chocolate fudge frosting to bind the muffin coating together. So make sure your mixture isn’t too wet before you shape it around your Creme egg, or it might not hold together.
How can I add/change the flavours in these Creme Egg Scotch eggs?
The only way you could change the flavours in these Creme Egg Scotch eggs is to add some seasoning to the muffin coating.
It would be best to only use a couple of drops of liquid flavouring or essence or to add a small amount (1 tsp) of a powdered spice, like nutmeg. This is because you don’t want to make the coating too wet or too dry, or it won’t stick properly.
As for which flavouring to choose, orange or mint are probably the best flavours to complement a Creme egg. Though feel free to change it up however you like.
Where is the origin of Scotch eggs?
Scotch eggs are thought to have been created sometime before the early 1800s, as this is when the first known written record appeared.
However, despite the name, one of the earliest claims for the invention of Scotch eggs comes from the London department store, Fortnum & Mason. Though this origin has been disputed.
Many food historians believe that Scotch eggs were inspired by the Indian dish, Koftas. A sort of meatball usually served in a sauce. Which would make sense, considering the similarity and influence of Indian food on many classic British dishes.
Some sources believe that the name isn’t a reference to Scotland, but the original cooking method or seller - as some recipes show Scotch eggs being cooked over open flames (Scorch eggs) or sold by a delicatessen named Scott & Sons.
Finally, to add to the name confusion, over the years Scotch eggs have been known by the much cuter names, "little bird's nests" or "eggballs" in Europe and Scotland.
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Creme Egg Scotch Eggs
- 4 chocolate chip muffins (approx 300g / 7oz total)
- 200 g (⅔ cup) chocolate fudge frosting
- 70 g (2.5 oz) chocolate sprinkles
- 4 (⅓ cup) creme eggs
- Break the muffins up into a bowl.
- Add the chocolate fudge frosting and squish it all together with your fingers - it gets messy but it's worth it - then gather to form a ball.
- Divide the ball into four equal pieces and roll those into balls.
- Flatten each ball with the palm of your hand to about 1.5cm (½ inch) thick.
- Place a full-size creme egg in the centre of each one.
- Bring the dough up around the eggs and press to enclose them all the way around.
- Put the sprinkles on a plate and roll the eggs in them to coat on all sides.
- Place in the fridge for 2 hours to firm up before serving.
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