Chocolate cake topped with mini eggs and creme eggs

Easter nest cake

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Prep: 45 mins Cook: 30 mins plus a few hrs cooling


Serves 12 - 15

Bake a showstopping cake for Easter. This one is so easy and the kids can decorate it by filling the pretzel nest with their favourite chocolate eggs

Nutrition and extra info

  • sponges only
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving (15)

  • kcal606
  • fat31g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs72g
  • sugars47g
  • fibre3g
  • protein8g
  • salt1g
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    For the chocolate sponges

    • 200ml vegetable oil, plus extra for the tin
    • 250g plain flour
    • 6 tbsp cocoa powder
    • 2 tsp baking powder
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    • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
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    • 280g soft light brown sugar
    • 250ml buttermilk
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    • 2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 3 large eggs

    For the nest

    • 200g marshmallows
    • 100g butter, chopped into chunks



      Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

    • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
    • 75g salted pretzels, crushed
    • 4 shredded wheat biscuits, crushed
    • chocolate eggs, to decorate



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    For the icing

    • 150g slightly salted butter, softened
    • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
    • 300g icing sugar
    • 4 tbsp milk



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    1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Oil and line two 20cm round cake tins. Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, bicarb, sugar and a large pinch of salt to a bowl. Mix with a whisk, squeezing any large lumps of sugar through your fingers, until you have a fine, sandy mix.

    2. Whisk the oil with the buttermilk in a jug. Stir in the vanilla and eggs, then pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until there are no more streaks of flour. Divide the mixture between the tins and bake for 25 mins. Test the cakes by inserting a skewer into the centre – if there is any wet mixture on the skewer, return the cakes to the oven for 5 mins more, then check again. Leave the cakes to cool in the tins for 15 mins, then transfer to wire racks to cool fully.

    3. Next, make the nest. Clean one tin and line it with some oiled baking parchment. Put the marshmallows and butter in a heatproof bowl and microwave on high for 1 min, stirring halfway through (or heat gently in a pan on the hob). Continue microwaving in 20-second blasts until you get a runny mixture. Stir in the cocoa, pretzels and shredded wheat until well combined. Tip the mixture into your lined tin and use the back of your spoon to create a nest shape. Leave to cool at room temperature for a few hrs, or chill in the fridge if you need it to set faster.

    4. To make the icing, beat the butter, cocoa, icing sugar and milk together until smooth, adding a splash more milk if the mixture is too stiff. Assemble the cake by stacking the sponges with icing in between, topping with more icing and the nest. Fill your nest with as many chocolate eggs as it will hold, then serve. It may be easier to cut the cake if you remove the nest – you can then chop the nest into chunks and serve alongside the cake.

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    21st Mar, 2018
    One of the most consistent chocolate cake recipes I’ve made. Stays moist for around 5 days after making. I only used 175g of caster sugar as the amount was missing off the recipe but it was sweet without being too sickly!
    17th Mar, 2018
    Brilliant! Tasty. Chocolatey. And impressive looking! Found myself online when I noticed there was no sugar printed in the magazine. Only problem is it is pretty tall so no chance of having a container big enough to put it in!
    9th Mar, 2018
    This is the first cake I have made using oil rather than butter. I didn't make the nest just added mini eggs to the buttercream on the top. Easy cake recipe and looked great once the cake was finished, but to me it didn't taste very chocolately.
    1st Mar, 2018
    The sugar has been missed out in the print version of this I used Rice Krispies instead of pretzels and shreddies to make nest which really is easy to make.
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