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Easter cake

Chocolate Fudge Marble Cake

I had a bit of a baking fest weekend with my sister this year for Easter, our creations were some pretty huge and tasty hot cross buns and this giant of an Easter Cake. Rather than an Easter cake in the traditional sense it is a chocolate fudge cake but we gave it some Easter-style decorations to suit the occassion! It is a 2 layer cake, made with pink and chocolate marble cake, filled with raspberry jam and chocolate buttercream. It is then covered in chocolate buttercream using a petal technique and finished off with some fondant icing flowers and butterflies and some chocolate mini eggs. I think it is rather pretty!

Easter cake

If you would like to recreate this cake then here is how you do so. We made this in a 6 inch cake tin as I wanted height for the cake but equally it would work in an 8 inch cake tin, it would just be a bit shorter.

For the sponge you will need:

12oz butter or margarine
12oz caster sugar
6 eggs
12 oz self raising flour
milk
cocoa powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
pink food colouring

Beat together the butter and sugar in a bowl and add the eggs one at a time beating well after each one. Fold in the flour, 4 tbsp milk and the vanilla to the mixture. Now halve the mixture into 2 separate bowls. To one half add pink food colouring until you reach your desired colour. The other half will be the chocolate cake, I like to add the cocoa powder as I go rather than add a set amount, when I reach a chocolate colour I am happy with I stop, so play it by eye when adding the cocoa.

Pour the mixture into two 6 inch cake tins that are greased and lined. I used this tiger stripe technique for the cake marbling, it gives an effective stripy effect and I have posted instructions on how to do it here. You will need a wetter cake mixture than usual, so add more milk to the cake mix until you get a pourable consistency but not too runny. Another option is just to dollop the mixture in alternating pink and chocolate and give it a quick whirl with a skewer to marble it.

Bake the cakes at 180C for about 1 hour, they are done when a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool completely before trimming the tops so they are nice and flat.

Marble cakes

Cover the top of one cake with raspberry jam (or other jam of your liking).

Jam

To make the chocolate fudge icing you will need:

500g unsalted butter (room temp)
1kg icing sugar (seived)
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 tbsp milk
cocoa powder (seived)

Beat together the butter and icing sugar until well combined. Ad the vanilla and milk and cocoa powder, again just add as much cocoa powder as you need to get the chocolatey-ness that you want, adding a little at a time. Beat well.

Cover the top of the other cake with chocolate icing and sandwich the two together.

two layers

Then cover the whole cake in a thin layer of chocolate icing.

Iced cake

Now time to cover the cake in chocolate petals. This is a really easy technique and very effective. Fill a piping bag with icing and snip off the end. Pipe blobs of icing onto the cake  and use a spatula to spread it out to create a petal style. Just push the spatula onto the icing blob and spread in one direction. Repeat until the cake is covered!

Petal technique

Petal icing

Finish off the cake with some chocolate eggs and some fondant flowers and butterflies to make it look pretty!

Chocolate easter cake

Lottie xx

I am linking this post to the We Should Cocoa challenge for this month – Easter. It is hosted by Chocolate Log Blog and Rachel Cotterill.

we should cocoa

Easter nests

Easter Baking Ideas

If you are stuck for something to bake or make this Easter weekend then maybe this will help give you an idea, here are some Easter bakes and makes I have previously blogged!

Yellow chick cupcakes – made by colouring desiccated coconut with yellow food dye and using sweets for the eyes and nose. Simple!

Chick cupcakes

Or classic chocolate nest cupcakes filled with mini eggs!

Easter nests

Or if you are more adventurous and want to make your own chocolate easter eggs, then how about trying these colourful chocolate eggs. Dyed egg shells filled with chocolate! Time consuming and quite fiddly but very effective!

Easter eggs

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If you want to steer away from the chocolate and do some real baking then why not try making this lovely German Easter Bread – Osterzopf – a bit like brioche and flavoured with lemon.

Osterzopf

Or traditional Hot Crossed Buns:

Hot Cross Buns

Or how about this quick and easy version of a hot cross bun – the Hot Crossed Scone!

Hot Cross Scones

Happy Easter Baking!

Lottie xx

hot cross scones

Hot Cross Scones

Hot Cross Scones

Happy Easter everybody! The sun is out and it looks like it is going to be a glorious Easter Sunday! Easter is also the perfect time to bake, if you are a chocolate fan you won’t be short of ideas and if you like making bread then chances are you will be making some hot cross buns this weekend. Last year I made hot cross buns but I also made a German Easter bread which is a bit like brioche, it is called Osterzopf. This year however I didn’t have the time to make bread and needed something much quicker, I therefore turned to Hot Cross Scones, just like Hot Cross Buns but in a scone form! Perfect for those of you that don’t have the time to wait around for bread to rise! I used this recipe from Delicious Magazine but took my influence from the cross from a simnel cake by using marzipan and grilling it to give it some colour.

You will need:

225g self raising flour
75 g butter
40g brown sugar
75g small sultanas
50g cut mixed peel
1/2 tsp ground mixed spice
1 large egg beaten
4tbsp milk

Rub the flour and butter together with your fingers until it looks like breadcrumbs. Add the sugar, sultanas, peel and spice and mix in. Add the milk and egg and bring together to form a soft dough. Knead gently to bring the dough together and roll out to 2cm thickness.  Use a round cookie cutter to cut out the scones, don’t twist  the cutter or the scones won’t rise evenly. Brush the tops of the scones with milk. Add flour crosses if using. Bake in a preheated oven at 220C for 15 minutes.

Now for the cross, you can either do as the recipe suggests and use plain flour and water. If you are doing this then mix 50g plain flour with 1-2 tbsp water. Roll out, cut strips and place the cross on the scones. Do this before baking. When the scones come out of the oven dissolve 2 tbsp caster sugar in hot water and brush over the tops of the scones to give them a glaze.

If you are using marzipan crosses:

Brush the tops of the scones

 

You need marzipan, apricot jam and a beaten egg yolk.

Roll out the marzipan until it is quite thin and cut into strips. Warm some apricot jam in a pan and brush over the tops of the scones to glaze them and also help the marzipan stick. Arrange the marzipan strips on top of the scones to form a cross and trim the edges. Brush the marzipan crosses with beaten egg yolk.

scones 2

 

Place the scones under a heated grill to brown the marzipan, watch them very closely, this will happen quickly and you don’t want them to burn. Be careful when removing them as they will be very hot. Allow to cool.

Scones

Enjoy your almost hot cross buns, quick and easy hot cross scones!

Lottie xx

Osterzopf

Easter Bread Baking: Osterzopf and Hot Cross Buns

Just one more post for my Easter related baking! I went back to my parent’s house over Easter and completely took over the kitchen with my bread and Easter egg making! I’m sure my Mum is glad to have her kitchen back now and I am back to my minature one. My Dad is a bit of a fan of the bread maker but I decided to do it properly. I made a giant Osterzopf loaf and plenty of Hot Cross Buns. Osterzopf is a German Easter bread, a bit like brioche with a subtle hint of lemon, lovely toasted and buttered! The recipe is below. For the Hot Cross Buns I used Mary Berry’s recipe from Mary Berry’s Baking Bible.

For the Osterzopf you will need:

500g strong bread flour
1 tsp salt
50g sugar
250 ml milk
7g dried yeast
75g butter
1 egg (beaten)
1 lemon, zest only
1 tbsp milk
1 egg
sugar to finish
Flaked almonds.
Honey to drizzle.
You can also add raisins if you fancy.

Start by mixing the flour, dried yeast, salt and sugar together. Heat the milk gently in a saucepan until warm, not hot. Add the butter to the milk and stir until melted. Pour this into the flour mixture and mix well. Add the beaten egg and lemon zest and mix to form a dough. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with oiled cling film or a damp tea towel and leave to rise in a warm place (I use the airing cupboard) for 30 minutes to an hour.

Turn out onto a floured surface again and knead. Divide the dough into 3 equal size pieces and roll each out into a sausage shape. Plait the sausages of dough together and use a bit of water to stick the ends together. Put the plait onto a baking tray lined with baking paper, cover again and leave to rise for another 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 200C. Beat the egg with the 1tbsp of milk and brush over the loaf. Sprinkle the loaf with sugar and flaked almonds.

Bake for 45 mins to 1 hour until golden. When you take the loaf out of the oven drizzle with honey and serve. Enjoy!

 

 

And my Hot Cross Buns:

 

After my flurry of bread baking over Easter I am pretty keen to make some Sourdough, I saw them making it on River Cottage the other day, so watch this space and see how I get on. In other news, I spent this morning making a rose swirl birthday cake with some piping using my trusty Wilton 1M nozzle, blog post to follow soon!

I have been prompting for a musical version of Titanic this week that my boyfriend is in. It is an excellent show and I am very excited about watching it from the front instead of the side tonight! There are really only very few seats left but if you are near Epsom and are wondering what to do tonight then I recommend going to see ELOC perform Titanic at Epsom Playhouse! You will not be disappointed.

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Love, Lottie xx

I have entered this bread into Alpha Bakes hosted by The More Than Occasional Baker and Caroline Makes. This month’s letter is B.

eastereggs

Colourful Chocolate Eggs for Easter

Before Easter becomes a distant memory, these are marbled chocolate eggs that I made for Easter. I saw a chocolate filled egg shell in a shop and figured it surely couldn’t be that hard to make. My sister always makes lovely Easter eggs using moulds and ices names onto them, so I had to come up with something different. I came home, did a bit of research on the internet and set out to buy my eggs and chocolate. I didn’t realise just quite how much chocolate fits into a single egg shell….nearly 100g!

Step 1 in the Easter egg making is to blow out the eggs. Use a needle to puncture the top of the egg and to make a centimetre wide hole at the other end. You need to break up the yolk inside, I did this with a chopstick. Blow through the top of the egg to empty the contents of the egg into a bowl.

Once the egg shells are empty you need to wash them out so there are no remains of egg inside. Remember to be gentle with them! Once they are cleaned you need to boil them as they are going to be filled with chocolate that will be eaten and they need to be very clean. You need to sterilise them by boiling them for 10 minutes. Once that is done, leave them to dry completely.

If you are colouring the egg shells you need some food colouring, white vinegar and warm water. Put each egg into the dye for a couple of minutes. To get a marble effect add some oil to the dye liquid, or just roll the eggs around in some of the food dye paste. Leave to dry before filling with chocolate.

Melt lots and lots of chocolate for the eggs and fill a piping bag. Snip the end off the piping bag and squeeze the chocolate into the eggs until full. Allow to set completely in the fridge. I used some pink icing to seal up the open end of the eggs.

 I attempted to make a liquid yolk in some of the eggs by mixing some white chocolate with single cream to make a white chocolate cream. I filled a piping bag with the cream and squeezed the liquid into the centre of the melted chocolate. And then left it to set.

And tada, you have chocolate filled colourful egg shells (except as a trick one of mine was a hard boiled egg – my brother was unlucky enough to pick that one out!).

Hope you all had a lovely Easter!

Lottie xx