" Mini Egg Easter Cake | Having A Lazy Easter | Natasha Summer

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Mini Egg Easter Cake | Having A Lazy Easter

At Easter it has become somewhat of a tradition for me to either cook an epic Easter roast or bake a centre piece cake. This year I opted for the cake and I decided to recreate a recipe I saw on the Waitrose website. The cake is basically 3 layers of vanilla sponge with a soft and fluffy white chocolate buttercream, then to finish Cadbury's Mini Egg's scattered on top.

This cake is not calorie conscious or for the faint hearted, it is sweet and rich and believe me one slice is ample enough to make your tasted buds dance and sing.

So if you're like me and you fancy a little Easter baking today- here is the recipe and method I used, it's super easy and the result is quite amazing.

 Let's start with what you need to pop in your shopping basket!
For the sponge: 250g unsalted butter, softened 250g caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla bean paste 5 large eggs 100g full fat Greek yoghurt 310g self-raising flour ½ tsp salt 3 tbsp whole milk For the white chocolate buttercream: 150g white chocolate 250g icing sugar 250g unsalted butter, softened To decorate: 2 x 328g packs mini eggs

It is true that this cake probably costs a thousand times more to buy the ingredients then it would for you to buy something similar at Waitrose but I love baking and most of the ingredients like the caster sugar,flower,milk & eggs etc I already had in. If you are buying everything from scratch you can expect to spend around the £20 mark.

It is also worth noting that I did not use all the mini eggs stated above, this amount of eggs is required if you want them to go all the war round the cake creating an ombre design. Even though this looks amazingly pretty it is very time consuming and I think a little much as this is a very rich cake as it is. So if you want to do what I did and freestyle with the decorating just buy as many eggs as you want.

. Grease and line a deep 18cm round cake tin. Preheat the oven to 160°C, gas mark 3.
2. Place the butter, sugar and vanilla into a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat together until pale and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl using a spatula, and beat in the eggs one at a time. Add 1 tbsp of flour if the mixture starts to curdle.
3. Beat in the yoghurt, and then fold in the flour with the salt, beating on a medium speed until the mixture is thick and smooth. Finally, mix in the milk, then spoon into the tin and bake for 1 hour 10 minutes or until risen and golden. A skewer inserted should come out clean.
4. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for 20 minutes, and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

5. Make the buttercream by first melting the white chocolate carefully in the microwave, or in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Use an electric whisk to soften the butter in a large bowl, and then gradually add the icing sugar and whisk until paler in colour. Beat in the white chocolate until the mixture looks pale and fluffy.

6. Level off the cake, and then use a serrated knife to divide into three equal layers. Place the bottom layer on a cake stand and spread with a quarter of the icing using a palette knife. Repeat with the second layer before placing the final layer on top. Apply a thin layer of icing over the whole cake to seal in the crumbs, then refrigerate for 20 minutes.
7. Remove the cake from the fridge, and then apply the final layer of icing all over the cake using a palette knife.

Once divided into three equal parts it is time to let it cool a little more until it is stone cold and then you can begin to decorate.

My Method Of Decoration

I put a layer of butter cream on each sandwich then placed them on top of each other, Then I covered the entire cake with the remaining butter cream.

I used chocolate mini eggs to decorate the outside of the cake which is the fun part you really can get creative with this and decorate as you like.

This is my finished cake and it tastes a million times better than it looks.

If you decide to try this out let me know and have a lovely Easter everyone.

Much Love

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