March 27, 2016
Carrot Easter Nest Cake
Ever heard of carrot cake frosted with dark chocolate butter cream? The idea popped into my head the last minute I was prepping for the big Easter brunch. Carrot cake was on the menu. I wanted to create Easter treats without jeopardizing what has been planned. I decided to turn carrot cake into an Easter nest.
Nests are normally brown. What I needed to achieve was a frosting that would resemble its color. Cream cheese frosting tinted in brown wasn't feasible as I ran out of brown gel color. Adding cocoa powder didn't even cross my mind at the time. Bugger! I was left with one choice. Use chocolate butter cream frosting!
I wasn't feeling comfortable with the combination of carrot cake and chocolate. I thought it was weird. I quickly browsed the internet to see if the match was possible. Results came but I didn't plow through each recipe carefully. I missed something important. The recipe reads white chocolate butter cream. It was too late when I realized my mistake. No way to undo it.
How did I do it? First, I made a cavity in the middle of the cake using a round ring. I frosted the cake before piping those "twigs". I emptied a whole pack of peanut M & Ms in the middle. I was satisfied with how my Easter nest came out. Some guests skipped it. It's understandable. :) Do you know who ate most of it? The kids! Never seen children enjoy carrot cake as much as they did. Ha!