In 1980 in a small bakery in S. Wales I had my first job as a professional cake decorator, just after Valentine’s Day, Easter egg cakes were all the rage. Recently I was digging through old photographs and came across a few egg cakes that I had done and felt a little touch of nostalgia, I felt it was time to resurrect the good old Easter egg cake, but with a modern twist. Back then it was a Madeira cake which had been baked into an egg shaped pan then coated with buttercream and sugarpaste (fondant), after decorating, it looked great but tended to be a little dry.
Now I know children are not going to be overly excited about an Easter egg that is actually a piece of cake and not chocolate so this is aimed at the adults among us. Instead of Madeira cake for my project I used a no-bake chocolate cake recipe and added a little brandy to give it a lift, of course you could make a rich chocolate cake filled with ganache. You may be seeing a theme here; this is definitely for the chocolate lovers out there.