Easter Chocolate Nest Cakes

Easter Chocolate Nest Cakes

Every Easter since I was a kid my mum has baked these cakes so its only seems right that I bake them now as well. Whether you're looking for a quick simple recipe to do with your children over the Easter holidays or you need something for friends and family to tuck in to, these are always a good shout and look the part. You can never have too much chocolate at Easter right?!?
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

For the cakes

  • 200 g unsalted butter
  • 200 g castor sugar
  • 4 x eggs
  • 175 g self raising flour
  • 25 g cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder

For the buttercream

  • 200 g unsalted butter
  • 400 g icing sugar
  • 6-8 tsp cocoa
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla essence
  • Chocolate mini eggs to finish

Instructions

For the cakes

  • Place 24 muffin cases in 2 x 12 cup muffin trays and heat an oven to 180ºC (160ºC fan)
  • Beat together the butter and sugar in a bowl until it becomes much paler and lighter in consistency, usually around 2 minutes with an electric whisk.
  • Add the eggs one at a time and beat well
  • Using a sieve add the flour, baking powder and cocoa to the mix and fold in.
  • Spoon the mixture in to the muffin cases and bake for 15-20 mins, until a skewer inserted in to the cakes comes out clean.

For the buttercream

  • I find its best to make this in two batches, so using half of the ingredients add the butter, cocoa and vanilla essence to a bowl. Adding the icing sugar a bit at a time and beating together.
  • Once you are happy with the taste and consistency take a piping bag with a star shaped nozzle and add the buttercream.
  • Pipe in to a circular nest shape on each of the cakes.
  • Once you've decorated the first 12 cakes, repeat the steps above.
  • To finish take some chocolate mini eggs and place two in each nest.

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