Ultimate Easter chocolate cake

  • Total Time

    1h 30m
    • Prep Time

      1h 0m
    • Bake Time

      30m
  • Serves

    12
  • Skill Level

    Easy
  • Dietary Needs

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[embed]https://youtu.be/QBFX9tvCRJo[/embed] Delight your family with this creative and seriously chocolatey Easter cake. It comprises of a deep chocolate sponge filled with a rich white chocolate cream centre, smothered in a dark and milk chocolate ganache, decorated with KitKats, Mini Eggs and an adorable hidden bunny. If you fancy an alternative filling, we recommend buttercream. This is a more cost effective filling if you're looking to get more value from ingredients: https://www.bakingmad.com/basic-buttercream-recipe/  

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (160°C, gas mark 4) and grease and line an 18cm (7”) deep cake tin. Alternatively, rather than baking one cake and slicing to create two layers, you could use two equally sized cakes tins – just make sure to add the same amount of batter to both tins if you do.

  2. Sieve the flour and cocoa together into a bowl.

  3. In a separate bowl, beat the butter and the sugar together until light and fluffy. Add one egg at a time to the creamed butter and sugar with a little flour/cocoa mix and milk then beat in between each addition. Fold in the remainder of the flour and cocoa together with the vanilla extract – being careful not to “knock” out the air which has been beaten into the mixture.

  4. Pour the mixture into the lined cake tin and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes, keeping an eye and not opening the oven whilst baking. Leave the cake to cool before turning out on a rack to completely cool.

  5. Whilst the cake cools, prepare the filling. Melt the white chocolate and cream together in a bowl over a pan of hot water, stirring occasionally to combine. Be careful not to let the chocolate overheat as it can turn grainy. Once melted, stir gently and leave the cool and thicken. Cut the cake into two even layers, then spread the filling onto one half of the cake.

  6. To make the topping, melt the dark and milk chocolate and cream together in a bowl over a pan of hot water, stirring occasionally to combine. Be careful not to let the chocolate overheat as it can turn grainy. Once melted, stir gently and leave the cool and thicken slightly before spreading it onto the cake, covering it completely. Use a hot pallet knife to smooth off the surface.

  7. Whilst the icing is still wet, stick the kitkat biscuits around the outer side of the cake and fill the top with mini eggs.

  8. To make the bunny, roll some white sugar paste icing into a ball and then use a knife to slice in half. This will form the bunnies bottom. Roll a smaller ball of white sugar paste icing for the tail and using scissors snip to give the effect of fur.

  9. For the feet, roll out two evenly sized sausage shaped rolls of white sugar paste icing and flatten to make them look like feet. Roll out tiny balls of pink sugar paste icing for the balls of the feet and flatten. Secure these on to feet with water.

  10. Place the bunny in the centre of the cake, it will stick to the ganache and hold in place.

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