Easter Egg Nest
Mini eggs in a bed of whipped cream in a moulded milk chocolate Easter egg. The perfect sweet treat for any Easter party.
I love Easter. Endless chocolate, extra days off work, Cadbury’s creme eggs… what’s not to like?
It always feels like, when Easter comes, you can finally wave goodbye to the darkness and miserableness of winter. I mean I love winter too, don’t get me wrong, but once Christmas is finished I just start to get a bit fed up of it.
The shops start to get a bit more colour in them, the kids have something to look forward to, and more importantly, I get to bake for another holiday! Woohoo!
If you are a baker, and haven’t made some sort of mini egg nest at Easter, then is it even Easter?
Or are you even a baker?
So, I was back in my favourite shop (well… favourite shop today, it will likely be a different shop tomorrow), which is of course, home bargains! And I managed to spot a silicone Easter egg mould! As exciting as this was, I had never used a silicone mould to set chocolate before, so it could have been a complete disaster.
I actually said out loud when I was painting the chocolate, “in what world did I think this was really going to work?” But it actually did!
I thought just making homemade chocolate Easter eggs was a bit boring really, so I had to mix it up a little.
So that’s when this little Easter egg nest idea came to me! And I must admit, I’m pretty proud of it, even if I do say so myself. (I think it’s mainly because I remember watching the contestants on ‘The Great British Bake Off’ use a silicone mould to make teacakes, and I saw how disastrous most of them were!) In all honesty, I didn’t really hold out much hope of them working, but it was worth a try!
I may or may not have done a little kitchen dance afterwards…
Here’s how I made my Easter Egg Nest
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Ingredients (makes 3-6 nests)
- 75g cooking chocolate
- 200ml double cream
- 1 small packet mini eggs
What you’ll need to make this Easter Egg Nest
silicone Easter egg mould (I bought mine from home bargains and unfortunately I can’t share a link as I bought it in store. However, this is the exact same mould that is for sale on amazon.
electric hand whisk
small glass bowl
1. Firstly, take your cooking chocolate and scrape the smooth side with a knife to form some small rolls/flakes. You should make 3 rolls for every Easter egg nest that you’re making. Leave them to one side until the end.
2. Secondly, break the rest of the chocolate into pieces and slowly melt in a dish over a saucepan of water on a low heat.
3. Once fully melted, use your pastry brush to paint the chocolate on to the silicone mould from the top to the bottom.
4. Place in the fridge for approximately 5-10 minutes or until the chocolate has set.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4, two more times.
Tip – when you take the mould out of the fridge, hold it up to a light or a window and the light will shine through any areas that need extra chocolate.
6. Whip the cream with an electric whisk until stiff peaks form. You should be able to turn the mixing bowl upside down with the cream in it and the cream should stay in one place. If you can’t do this, whip for longer.
7. Remove the mould from the fridge when you are happy that all areas are fully covered and the chocolate is completely set.
8. Carefully peel back the mould to free each egg one at a time.
9. Place the eggs on a plate ready to fill.
10. Place your whipping cream in a piping bag. Test on a plate before going on to pipe a cream swirl in each egg.
11. Scatter the chocolate flakes you made previously on top of the cream.
12. Take 3 different coloured mini eggs and place them in the centre of the cream where the swirl ends.
13. Place the other half of the egg balanced on the nest as pictured. You can use Tesco belgian chocolate sauce to drizzle on the plate before serving if you choose to.
If you liked this Easter Egg Nest recipe, you might also like my Mini Egg Cheesecake recipe. Click here to read it.