Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Easter activity 3........... Yummy Easter Nest cakes!!

                             Try this recipe for chocolate Easter nest cakes.......yummy!!

When I was growing up, Easter didn't just mean hunting for eggs in the garden and the Easter story, it also meant that my Mum was going to be baking something for a special Easter tea. The biggest excitement was her lovely Easter nest cakes, with lovely chocolate butter icing...........mmmmmm!! However, I am now the Mummy and with my Mum being away for Easter (No!!!!!!!!!) I have to take the lead in creating a similar tradition for my daughter.

Unfortunately, I do not have her recipe, so I have been playing around in the kitchen to create my very own recipe for Nest cakes, using something very different for the nest on the tops of the cakes!! I am really getting to enjoy being creative in the kitchen!!

The main cakes will require (cake recipe from )

100g plain flour
20g cocoa powder 
140g caster sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
40g unsalted butter 
120ml  milk
  1 egg
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

For the topping (My own recipe!!)

70 g shreddies
Some mini eggs or any small chocolate eggs
100g melted chocolate
25g butter

                                              Preheat the oven to 170C(325F)Gas 3
  1. Out the flour ,cocoa powder,sugar,baking powder,salt and butter in a free standing electric mixer with paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk)and beat on a slow speed until you get a sandy consistency and everything is combined.
  2. Whisk the milk,egg,and vanilla extract together in a jug ,then slowly pour about half into the flour mixture,beat to combine and turn the mixer up to high speed (scrape any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula).Continue mixing for a couple more minutes until the mixture is smooth.Do not over mix.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until two-thirds full and bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes,or until the sponge bounces back when touched.A skewer inserted in the centre should come out clean.Leave the cupcakes to coll slightly in the tray before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

    5. Allow to cool completely, then melt some chocolate and butter together in a bowl over a saucepan. Crush the shreddies in a food bag and pour into the bowl with the chocolate mixture. Stir together and then place a teaspoon of the mixture on each cupcake. Place 2-3 mini eggs on the top and leave to set.

    They have the thumbs up from my daughter who is currently crying as she can only try one lol!! This is one lesson I am trying to teach her.......when you cook you share!! I am sure they will go down well tomorrow at her Easter Bonnet parade!!

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