I thought id give the illusion cake another crack (geddit?), as the Smarties cake was such a complete hit, so here is one especially for Easter. You will be surprised by how easy these are to make, and this will make a fantastic centrepiece to your Easter table.
Ingredients for the cake
12oz Baking Margarine
12oz Caster Sugar
12oz Self Raising Flour
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Bag of Mini Eggs
Chocolate Easter Egg
6 Chunks of Milk Chocolate
Ingredients for Chocolate Fudge Frosting
250g Icing Sugar
30g Cocoa Powder
Splash of milk
Preheat your oven to 150°C/300°F/ Gas Mark 2.
Cream together the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in your eggs (remembering to add in a table spoon of your flour at the same time to avoid your mixture splitting). Bring together and add the remaining flour. Finally, add in your vanilla extract and combine.
Line 2x 7 inch round sandwich tins with greaseproof paper. Split the cake mixture evenly into both cake tins and bake for about an hour until cooked through.
Whilst your cakes are baking, you can make your chocolate fudge frosting.
Begin by melting the butter in a pan on a low heat. Once melted, sieve in the icing sugar and cocoa powder a little at a time, until evenly combined and any lumps melted and combined. Add in a splash of milk to even out the consistency.
You should have a glossy sheen to the frosting. Once ready pop into a bowl for the frosting to cool completely. It will become thicker as it cools.
Once your cakes are completely cooled, you can begin icing and decorating your cake. If you are using a cake board, make sure that you spread a little frosting on the board before you pop on your base layer. This will make sure that the cake doesn’t slip or slide off the board as you are decorating.
Add your base layer and spread the frosting as the filler, before popping on your top cake layer.
Then with the rest of the chocolate fudge frosting, spread evenly over the top and sides of your cake. Once done, begin adding the chocolate Matchmakers to make the nest effect around the sides of your cake.
You are now ready to create the (easy) illusion part of this cake. You will need a thick straw (I used three skewers as I had no thick straws at the time), then you simply pop them into your cake off centre, you need to cut a small hole in the egg and then pop the Easter Egg on top of the straw / skewers, being careful to balance it correctly. Add on your Mini Eggs to the top of the cake and spread evenly so the top of the cake is completely covered.
You will then need to melt about 6 chunks of chocolate so you can ‘glue’ the mini eggs onto the illusion sticks / straw.
Using a knife or a small spatula, add the melted chocolate to a Mini Egg and place on your illusion structure, start from the bottom up as this will be much easier. Once you have places a few on, leave for a couple of minutes whilst the chocolate sets, before adding another layer on top. Slowly build the eggs up until you have reached your big chocolate Easter Egg.
Then leave to set completely for an hour and then you are done. These type of cakes are so effective and look amazing, plus they are quite tasty too. Give it a go and enjoy!