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Chocolate cake in the shape of a nest with mini eggs and flakes Tried & Tested

Chocolate nest cake

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A chocoholic treat. If you have forgotten to buy the flakes simply grate some chocolate over the nest edge.

Key Information

  • Prep:
  • Bake:
  • Serves:10
  • Skill level:easy

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Ingredients

For the cake

  • 100g 3½ oz Butter (unsalted)
  • 275g 9¾ oz Unrefined dark muscovado sugar (we use Billington's) Unrefined dark muscovado sugar
  • 2 2 Egg(s) (free range)
  • 175g 6¼ oz Plain white flour (we use Allinson) Plain white flour
  • 1tsp 1tsp Baking powder
  • 1tsp 1tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 200ml 6⅞ fl oz Milk (whole)
  • 50g 1⅞ oz Cocoa powder

For the topping

  • 25g 1 oz Cocoa powder
  • 3tbsp 3tbsp Water boiling
  • 4 4 Chocolate flake(s)
  • 110g 4 oz Mini chocolate eggs
  • 300g 10⅝ oz Unrefined golden icing sugar (we use Billington's) Unrefined golden icing sugar
  • 175g 6¼ oz Butter (unsalted) softened

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The Method Enter Bake mode

  1. Classic mode Step 1

    Grease and base line a 20cm(8″) deep cake tin. Preheat the oven to 180°C (170°C fan, gas mark 4).

  2. Classic mode Step 2

    Cream the butter and sugar together until soft then beat in the eggs.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 110g 4 oz Butter (unsalted) softened
    • 275g 9¾ oz Unrefined dark muscovado sugar (we use Billington's) Unrefined dark muscovado sugar
    • 2 2 Egg(s) (free range)
  3. Classic mode Step 3

    Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 175g 6¼ oz Plain white flour (we use Allinson) Plain white flour
    • 1tsp 1tsp Bicarbonate of soda
    • 1tsp 1tsp Baking powder
  4. Classic mode Step 4

    Mix the milk and cocoa powder together.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 200ml 6⅞ fl oz Milk (whole)
    • 50g 1⅞ oz Cocoa powder
  5. Classic mode Step 5

    Fold flour and cocoa mixture alternately into the butter mixture until well combined. Spoon into a the prepared tin and bake for about 1 hour until cooked through.

  6. Classic mode Step 6

    Cool slightly in the tin, then turn out and cool on a wire rack.

  7. Classic mode Step 7

    To make the buttercream, mix the cocoa powder with the boiling water to make a paste.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 25g 1 oz Cocoa powder
    • 3tbsp 3tbsp Water boiling
  8. Classic mode Step 8

    Cream the butter to soften it then beat in the icing sugar, beating really well (an electric mixer is ideal) until light. Stir in the cooled cocoa.

    Ingredients for this step

  9. Classic mode Step 9

    Split the cake in half and sandwich with about a third of the buttercream.

  10. Classic mode Step 10

    Spread the remaining buttercream over the top and sides of the cake, making a hollow ‘nest’ in the centre.

  11. Classic mode Step 11

    Crumble the chocolate flake bars and press lightly into the buttercream. Fill the hollow with chocolate mini eggs.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 4 4 Chocolate flake(s)
    • 110g 4 oz Mini chocolate eggs