Below are the instructions for making the fondant dragon and the chocolate Easter cake. For the dragon you will need white sugar fondant (although, flower paste is better as it dries faster) and the colouring for the colours you want your dragon to be, or easier still buy pre coloured fondant. You will also need egg white, which works as an adhesive.
Chocolate Easter Cake – With a Dragon Twist!!!
For the cake:
- 8oz (225g) Self Raising Flour
- 8oz (225g) Butter
- 8oz (225g) Caster Sugar
- 4 Large Eggs
- 1 ½ tsp Baking Powder
- 6 tbsp Cocoa Powder
- 6 tbsp Boiling Water
- 2 tbsp Milk
- 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
For the nest:
- 4 Shredded Wheat
- 7oz (200g) Milk Chocolate
- 1 x tub of Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge Icing (too make your lives easy, and it’s a lot cheaper than butter, chocolate and icing sugar at the moment!!!)
- 1 x Packet of Golden eggs
- 1 x Kinder eggs
- Dragon (see fondant dragon instructions for how to make).
- Preheat the oven to 180C/ 160C fan assisted oven/ Gas Mark 4
- Grease and line an 8 inch cake tin.
- Mix together the cocoa powder and the boiling water, and set aside to cool slightly.
- Mix together all the remaining cake ingredients (I’m a strong believer in Mary Berry’s all in one approach to cake making, and touch wood it’s hasn’t gone wrong yet!!).
- Mix the cocoa powder mixture into the cake batter.
- Put the cake mixture into the lined tin and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes (until the top of the cake springs back when pressed)
- Allow the cake to cool. To make the nest.
- Line a cereal bowl with cling film.
- Crush the Shredded Wheat.
- Melt the chocolate and then stir in the crushed Shredded Wheat.
- Press the mixture in to the side and bottom of the cereal bowl, making a nest shape.
- Set in the fridge for about one hour. To decorate the cake:
- Slice cake in half. On the bottom half spread 1/3 of the fudge icing, and then place the second half on top.
- Spread the remaining fudge icing around the sides of the cake and the top. If you want to get a nice smooth finish keep dipping you knife / spatula into a cup of hot water.
- Take the chocolate nest out of the dish and remove the cling film. Place the nest on top of the cake.
- Split the Kinder in half (have fun with the toy!!) and place the two halves into the nest.
- Place the dragon in the Kinder halves and then scatter the golden eggs into the remain spaces in the nest. (Not all the eggs will fit into the nest, so enjoy them while you can, because there will inevitably be a fight over the ones in the nest.)
- If you don’t want to be strange and unusual like me, and want to be more traditional, you can always fill the nest with Mini Eggs and fluffy chicks.