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    Chocolate Nest Cakes

    These nest cakes are a great way to get children baking, and make lovely presents. They are really quick and easy to make as they use the all-in-one method. Waitrose Farm Assured Eggs come from Columbian Blacktail Hens kept on approved family-run farms in small flocks. The hens are fed on a natural cereal-based diet, free from artificial yolk colourants.

    • Preparation time: 35 minutes
    • Cooking time: 10 minutes to 15 minutes
    • Total time: 45 minutes to 50 minutes 50 minutes

    Makes: 12 nest cakes

    Ingredients

    • For the cakes:
    • 75g Stork Margarine, plus extra for greasing
    • 75g caster sugar
    • 1 Waitrose Farm Assured Columbian Blacktail Free Range Medium Egg
    • 150g self-raising flour, sifted
    • Grated rind and juice of 1 orange
    • For the chocolate butter cream:
    • 125g Stork Margarine, plus extra for greasing
    • 225g icing sugar
    • 125g Green and Black's Maya Gold Organic Chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
    • 36 Cadbury's Chocolate Mini Eggs

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. To make the cakes, line a 12-hole bun tin with paper cake cases. Put the margarine in a large mixing bowl and add the sugar, egg and sifted flour. Beat with a wooden spoon or an electric whisk for 1 minute until pale and fluffy. Stir in the orange rind and juice.
    2. Spoon the mixture equally between the bun tins and bake for 10-15 minutes, until risen and golden. Remove the cakes from the tin and cool on a wire rack.
    3. To make the butter cream, put the margarine in a large mixing bowl and sift in the icing sugar. Beat well until combined, then stir in the melted chocolate.
    4. Place one of the cakes on a board and coat the sides and the top with the chocolate butter cream. Using a fork, make the icing into a nest shape and give it a rough, twig-like texture. Make a slight well in the top. Repeat with the remaining cakes and butter cream, and sit three of the mini eggs in the well of each cake.

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    Store in an airtight container and eat within three days.

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