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Easter Egg Nest Cake

5 from 2 reviews

A decadent and fun Easter Egg Nest Cake decorated with sugar-coated chocolate Easter eggs. Gluten-free recipe.

Ingredients

For the Easter Cake

For the chocolate frosting

Instructions

For the Easter Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) (without fan).
  2. Line the bottom of a 9 inch (23 cm) springform cake tin with baking paper, but do not grease the sides of the tin.
  3. Melt the chocolate with the butter in a bain-marie (or a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water). Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. Whisk 4 egg whites (keep the eggs yolks for later) until firm, then gradually add 100 g (1/2 cup) of sugar and whisk until the egg whites are glossy and have firm peaks.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk 2 whole eggs with the reserved egg yolks, together with the remaining 75 g (1/4 cup) sugar.
  6. Fold in the vanilla extract and melted chocolate.
  7. Add a spoonful of the whisked egg white mixture and mix briskly.
  8. Then fold in the remaining egg white mixture, about one-third at a time.
  9. Pour the mixture into the cake tin and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the cake is no longer wobbly in the centre.
  10. Leave the cake to cool on a wire rack.

For the chocolate frosting

  1. Melt the chocolate in a bain-marie (or a heat-proof bowl over a pan of simmering water).
  2. While the chocolate is cooling, whip the cream until it is firm but not stiff – it should be soft enough to spread.
  3. Fold in the vanilla extract and melted chocolate.
  4. Cover the cake with the chocolate cream and decorate with the chocolate eggs.

Kitchen Notes

MAKE-AHEAD TIPS
I often make the cake the night before serving and leave it (unfrosted) on the counter overnight. The cake will sink in the middle and crack as it cools.

STORAGE
Due to the cream in the chocolate frosting, any leftover cake should be kept in the fridge.

RECIPE CREDIT
This recipe has been adapted from Feast by Nigella Lawson.

OVEN TEMPERATURES
All recipes on this website state temperatures for a regular oven (i.e. a conventional oven without fan). If you have a convection oven with a fan, please consult the manufacturer’s handbook on how to adjust the temperature and baking time accordingly.

CONVERSIONS
To convert from cups to grams, and vice-versa, please see this handy Conversion Chart for Basic Ingredients.

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