Let’s talk about CHOCOLATE. It is that time of the year.. it is Easter! By now all diets should have vanished into thin air or at least, we are now probably all allowed a break from them for the Easter holidays.
My children are waiting for their Italian Easter eggs! They usually never get very excited by the chocolate eggs they can find in England because they don’t have a surprise inside, so I am going to make sure they will have at least a couple of Italian eggs each.
I love Easter, I really do, much more than Christmas and in Italy it is really special. During the “Holy week”, which is the week before Easter, there are lots of religious processions happening all over Italy, like the one in Lanciano in Abruzzo. They are amazing and some are even moving.
We will be having a big meal for Easter and have lots of traditional Italian cakes and chocolate. In the meantime I made this chocolate cake with a delicious filling of mascarpone cheese and a touch of orange essence. My son wanted this as a birthday cake because he loves chocolate and the mini Cadbury Easter eggs. This is probably the only sugary chocolate I like. There is something about these mini eggs which drives me nuts.. I just cannot stop eating them.. but I only buy them at Easter anyway. In any case they were perfect to decorate my cake.
I made a chocolate egg basket using noodles to decorate the cake and it is also a beautiful Easter centerpiece. This is not an edible basket though. If you want to eat the whole lot you can substitute the noodles for cornflakes or puffed rice, both will work quite well.
Prep Time : 35 minutes
Cook Time : 40 minutes
Yield : 6
- For the cake:
- plain flour sieved – 350 g – 3 + ¼ cup
- baking powder – 2 tsp
- eggs (at room temperature) – 3
- olive oil or corn oil – 120 ml – 4 fluid oz
- sugar – 150 g – 2/3 cup
- orange essence – 1 tsp
- unsweetened cocoa powder – 50 g – 1/2 cup
- milk – 130 ml – 4.4 fl oz + extra if needed
- dark chocolate – 50 g – just over 1/4 cup
- milk chocolate vermicelli – to sprinkle
- For the filling:
- mascarpone cheese – 250 g – 1 + 1/8 cup
- powdered sugar – 80 g – 5/8 cup
- vanilla essence – 1 tsp
- For the nest:
- dried noodles – 150 g – 2 cups
- chocolate – 60 g – 1/3 cup
- mini chocolate Easter eggs
In a bowl whip the eggs with the sugar. Add the cocoa powder, the flour with the baking powder and the oil. Stir well then add the orange essence and the milk. Gently mix all the ingredients. You need to get a smooth and runny consistency so add extra milk if needed.
In a bowl mix the mascarpone with the sugar and the vanilla.
Grease a ring mold which should have a diameter of approx 24 cm or 9 inch and pour in half of the mixture. Put the mascarpone cream on top of it, in the middle (check out the picture below) and cover with the remaining cocoa mixture. You need to make sure that you cover the mascarpone cream very well to avoid it spilling out during cooking.
Bake at 180C or 350F for about 40 minutes. Check with a toothpick if it is cooked. Let it cool down a little then turn it upside down.
Melt the dark chocolate over a saucepan of simmering water and then using a brush cover all the cake with the chocolate. Sprinkle the vermicelli on top.
Make the nest by putting the noodles in a bowl. Melt the chocolate and pour it onto the noodles. Working with your hands make sure that the chocolate has completely covered all the noodles. You now need a bowl which should be the size of the hole in the middle of your cake. Line the bowl with cling film and brush it with oil. Put the noodles in and make the shape of a nest then put it in the fridge for 30 minutes. If you are in a rush you can also put it in the freezer for 10 minutes.
Place the nest in the middle of the ring, fill it with chocolate eggs and decorate with chicks if you like!
24 thoughts on “Easter chocolate ring cake with mascarpone filling”
what lovely Easter cake Alida, Im sure the kids will be happy, looks beautiful!
Yes my son had it as a birthday cake. They really enjoyed this one especially the little eggs!
Looks so festive with that cute nest! But what I love the most is that chocolate cake…so tender and smooth. Good job, Alida. Happy Spring!
You can never get it wrong with chocolate.. especially with the children. They are totally obsessed with it like their dad!
Mascarpone and chocolate are winning combination.; evergreen, really! The nest is what amazes me: what a beautiful idea ! Must try with my Easter cake; my son will definitely love the surprise; I can already see his eyes wide opened 🙂 Thank you Alida and I wish you and your loved ones to enjoy the festive weekend !
Thanks very much and I wish you a lovely Easter break too.
Is it difficult to form nest if noodles are dry?
No it is not. You pour the hot melted chocolate onto the noodles which will then be soft enough for you to shape them into a nest.
Happy Easter to you all. I am going to make this lovely looking cake to take to our vendors in Llandrindod Wells on Saturday in the hope that we will be celebrating completion after Easter. It’s all been such a stressful, nail biting and time consuming process, going into our seventh month since finding a buyer!!! Fingers crossed we shall be enjoying this cake with a glass of bubbly knowing everything is going ahead by Friday! Have a lovely Easter and I’ll let you know how the cake turns out! Xxxx
Oh fingers crossed for you then! I can imagine how stressful it is.. but I am sure you will be celebrating very soon. Have a great Easter!
Just one query, do I cook the noodles first?
No you don’t need to cook them. They will soften up with the hot melted chocolate.
Complimenti Alida, che torta stupenda, perfetta da servire per il pranzo pasquale; carinissimo il nido di spaghetti, bella idea! Baci!
Chissa’ che specialita’ preparerai tu per Pasqua. Mi immagino un tavola super imbandita con tante cose buone!
What a masterpiece Alida! You could so easily make this to order and sell them! Bravissima! So, so happy that your sister is now living next to you, how great is that! I wish her all the best.
She has settled quite well in the UK.. it was my dream to have her closer. Sometimes I cannot believe it!
che nido delizioso, è splendida questa torta ! Felice Pasqua a te e alla tua famiglia cara Alida, un abbraccio da Trieste
Buona Pasqua anche a te e tanta cioccolata!
This is cute and gorgeous looking cake, Alida! Love the idea of making a nest with noodles.
I had fun making this and then fun eating it too!
How did I miss this at Easter? It is so clever Alida. Adorable and I imagine totally delicious! x
Brilliant Ideas and a great nest for Christmas.
Hello, I’m looking for recipes for a special Easter dessert and came across this. I absolutely love it!! Question though, what kind of noodles do you use for the nest? Thanks so much!
I used the most common chinese egg noodles which you will find in most supermarkets.