About this recipe:This is a fantastic Easter cake, which resembles a nest. The chocolate yoghurt cake is moist and tender, it's covered in chocolate a chocolate buttercream icing and decorated with chocolate eggs. You can use your favourite chocolate icing recipe instead, if desired.
For the Cake
1 (150g) tub natural yoghurt
200g caster sugar
250g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
150ml vegetable oil
For the chocolate icing
335g dark chocolate, at least 70% cocoa
450g unsalted butter
1 pinch salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
475g icing sugar
shop-bought chocolate eggs
1 small chocolate chick (optional)
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Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a round cake tin.
For the cake: Beat together yoghurt, eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Fold in flour and baking powder. Mix until smooth, then stir in vegetable oil.
Pour cake mixture into prepared cake tin and bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted in the centre of the cake. Remove cake from tin and cool on wire rack.
Meanwhile make the icing: Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler, then allow to cool slightly. Place the butter, salt and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Beat with a mixer until very light and airy, about 4 minutes. Add the icing sugar a little at a time while beating on low speed. Mix well, and beat on medium speed for about 4 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, and beat for 5 minutes more. Add the melted chocolate, and beat 4 minutes.
Once cake has cooled, cut the cake in half horizontally. The lower part should be thicker than the top part.
Transfer the top part onto a plate and cut out a circle in the middle, using a small bowl or large glass. This will be the centre of the nest.
Spread some chocolate icing on the bottom part of the cake, then arrange the top part directly on top.
To decorate: Spread the remaining chocolate icing on the top and edges of the cake. Place a handful of chocolate eggs in the middle, and add one chocolate chick if desired.