To make the chocolate cake:

  • Whisk 200ml oil with 250ml buttermilk in a jug.
  • Stir in 2 tsp vanilla extract and three large eggs.
  • In a large bowl, add 250g plain flour, 280g soft light brown sugar, 6 tbsp cocoa powder, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp bicarb of soda and mix with a whisk.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix.
  • Divide the mixture between two lined tins and bake 180C/fan 160/gas 4 for 25 mins. Leave to cool. Re-line a tin.

To make the nest:

  • Heat 100g butter and 200g marshmallows gently on a hob until you get a runny mixture.
  • Add 2 tbsp cocoa powder, 75g salted pretzels and 4 shredded wheat biscuits. Stir until well combined.
  • Tip the mixture into your large tin and use the back of a spoon to form the nest shape. Leave to set in the fridge.

To decorate:

  • Beat 150g softened butter, 300g icing sugar, 2 tbsp cocoa powder and 4 tbsp milk together.
  • Assemble the cake by stacking the sponges with icing in between, topping with more icing and the nest.
  • Fill your nest with chocolate eggs and serve.

See the full recipe for our Easter nest cake.

More Easter baking inspiration:

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Easter for kids
Easter desserts collection
Golden egg chocolate tart
The best Easter eggs for kids


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