With Easter weekend just round the corner, and coinciding with this upcoming round of chocolate-centric sessions, I simply couldn't resist gussying up some Nutella Cupcakes to holiday-appropriate effect for an Easter basket. Snug in straw nests lining a ceramic egg carton, nestled up against some blown, dyed and hand-painted eggs, I think the whole thing works nicely either as a table centrepiece or hostess gift. It just occurred to me that another treat, if individually wrapped in pretty metallic candy foil, that would work really well in these gift baskets would be some Truffles.
Aside from springtime floral themes for decorating the Nutella Cupcakes, the other approach would be more chick/bunny/egg heavy (see this old Easter post for some ideas along these lines) - I think this latter approach is perfect if you're crafting baskets intended for little ones.
To everyone who will be celebrating, Happy Easter!
PS: Both the Nutella Cupcakes and truffes au chocolat are some of the recipes being taught during Ultimate Chocolate Treats II, a demo class held at Shermay's Cooking School on 11 April 2009, 12 April 2009, 25 April 2009 and 26 April 2009 . For all inquiries, please call the school at +65 6479 8442 or email firstname.lastname@example.org