Easter basket chocolate cake recipe
- 1 1/2 cups plain flour
- 3/4 cup cocoa
- 1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 cups caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp instant coffee
- 1 cup boiling water
- 150g dark chocolate, chopped
- 175g butter
- 2 cups icing sugar, sifted
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 egg yolk
- 4 x 170g Kit Kat family blocks
- 1 pkt (455g) Red Tulip Easter egg mixed bag
- long pipe cleaners
- 1 metre ribbon
Preheat oven to 180°C (or 160°fan-forced). Line 2 x 20cm cake tins with baking paper and set aside.
In a mixing bowl, sift the flour, cocoa, bicarbonate soda, salt and baking powder.
Mix in the sugar, eggs, milk, canola oil and vanilla essence.
When fully combined, dissolve the coffee into the boiling water and beat into the mixture.
Divide the batter between the two cake tins and cook for 1 hour. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes and then cool further on a wire rack.
Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl in the microwave by cooking on high for one minute and then stirring for 40 seconds. Heat further for 15 second increments, stirring well between bursts until chocolate is completely melted and set aside to cool.
Cream the butter and sugar together using a mixer and gradually add the icing sugar, vanilla essence and egg yolk until well combined. Add the chocolate and mix well.
Spread liberally between layers and over entire cake when cooled.
Cut the Kit Kats in every three sticks along the segments and press to cover the sides so the sticks are standing up vertically. Tie the ribbon around these to secure.
Place eggs still in foil on the cake top.
Fashion the pipe cleaners to resemble the handle of a wicker basket and push into the cake.
- The cake batter is really runny so don't be alarmed when you are pouring it into the cake tin. This recipe is not suitable for spring form tins as they will leak.
- If the cake is mainly for grown-ups you can use dark chocolate Kit Kats or even white chocolate Kit Kats.
- For another variation, dye some desiccated coconut green to resemble grass and sprinkle it over the icing so it looks like the eggs are sitting on green grass.
- This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder.
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