Baking: Chocolate Easter Nest Cake

“A balanced diet is chocolate in both hands.”

As I’m back home from university for a couple of weeks, and there is a much more well equipped kitchen at my disposal, I thought I’d take the opportunity to do some Easter themed baking. Any chance to use mini eggs and loads of chocolate – I’m there!

Serves 12

What will I need?

Cake:

  • 200g baking margarine
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 4 eggs
  • A couple of drops Sugarflair red food colouring
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
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Decoration:

  • 150g margarine
  • 300g icing sugar
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 80g cornflakes
  • 300g milk chocolate
  • 80g white chocolate
  • 80g micro chocolate eggs
  • 40g mini eggs
  • handful of mini marshmallows

How do I make it?

Cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°c.
  2. Grease two 7″ sandwich tins.
  3. Cream the margarine and sugar together until light and fluffy.DSCN0021
  4. Add the eggs all at once with the flour and mix on a high-speed until combined. (No messing about here!)DSCN0025
  5. Add the vanilla extract and food colouring and fold in.DSCN0029
  6. Divide between the prepared tins evenly.DSCN0031
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.DSCN0035
  8. Leave in the tins to cool on a wire rack.DSCN0057

Decoration:

  1. Mix the margarine and half of the icing sugar together in a large bowl until combined.
  2. Melt 100g milk chocolate and add this to the mixture, along with the rest of the icing sugar and the cocoa powder. (This should make an icing firm enough to mould into peaks, but soft enough to spread.)DSCN0059
  3. Spread a thin layer of icing on one of the cakes, and sandwich the two together.DSCN0060
  4. Cover the top and sides of the cake with icing.DSCN0063
  5. Smooth with a palette knife/spatula.DSCN0065
  6. Melt 200g milk chocolate in a small microwaveble bowl. (Make sure to stir this every 20 secs to ensure it doesn’t burn.)DSCN0056
  7. Add the corn flakes and mix until they are covered completely in chocolate.DSCN0070
  8. Spread these around the top of the cake to form a ‘nest’ shape.DSCN0071
  9. In the centre of this, add any leftover icing.
  10. Top with mini eggs, micro eggs and marshmallows.
  11. Finally, melt the white chocolate in a small microwaveable bowl.
  12. Put this into a piping bag for a neat drizzle, or just drip it off a spoon if you’re feeling risky!DSCN0076

What Easter treats do you enjoy?

Jess. X

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