Easter chocolate nest cake
Serves : 8
- For the Cake
- 1 (150g) tub natural yoghurt
- 3 eggs
- 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
- 2 eggs
- For Decoration
- shop-bought chocolate eggs
- 1 small chocolate chick (optional)
Prep:30min › Cook:45min › Extra time:1hr cooling › Ready in:2hr15min
- 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.
I would not even start to make this unless a tin size was given. This affects the depth of the cake and therefore the cooking time. - 18 Apr 2011
Im disappointed in this recipe. It really wasnt great. Far far too much icing, half the amount would have done. And actually, the cake mix could be more. Wont be making it again. - 08 Apr 2012
Well, I would go for a 20cm diameter/10cm deep round tin anyway. Will try it this w/end. - 18 Apr 2011