Easter, the holiday that allows us to indulge on interesting shaped chocolate and get our fix, I mean fill of Cadbury mini eggs. It’s a wonderful time of year, the grass is growing, the nights are lighter and the weather is beginning to change for the better. You just can’t help but remember the crafts you created in school or the smell of the roast in the oven on Sunday afternoon, but there is one tradition that is just plain fun. Making chocolate Easter nests.
Well it’s Easter weekend, Jon and I were getting in the shopping when he spotted some Easter nest cakes and became very excited, he shyly tries to place them into the basket, hoping that I don’t protest, when I asked him, ‘why don’t we make our own?’ And so begins the story of how Jon made his first cornflake cakes.
Our adventure began with Jon wanting to do this independently, I was just to keep him on the right track and let him know what was needed. First thing first, chocolate. Chocolate is the backbone of any great Easter treat and I must admit Jon chose very well. He selected Marks and Spencer milk chocolate, and oh it was glorious, not bad for 75p per pack.
We then moved onto the cornflakes, getting just the bog standard ones from M&S, they were pretty good and a nice price too. Then came the case argument… Now internet, I don’t know about you but when I think of cases that hold cakes a few names come to mind. Personally I call them bun cases, some may call them cupcake cases and others (like Jon) call them fairy cake cases, I mean have you heard anything more English? So Jon and I spent a good part of the motorway journey discussing this, only to find that he was right (well technically he was right, he changed his mind at the last minute to cake cases so I call it a tie).
Finally we arrived home in time to make the cakes and I was under strict orders not to interfere, so I got the camera out instead and as you can see Jon made a fantastic attempt and was very proud with the outcome. Jon’s very first Easter cornflake treats most definitely receive the Graceless stamp of approval.
If you too have never made this Easter treat I encourage you to give it a try.
Estimated Cooking time: 10mins
Good quality chocolate
Cadbury Mini eggs
Method – According to Jon
- Melt the chocolate over a boiling pan of water – make sure that the bowl is big enough to grab when removing. it is hot and may stain your tea towel.
- Add the cornflakes and chocolate to a mixing bowl, without dropping the chocolate bowl into the mixing bowl.
- Set out the fairy-cake cases meticulously ready for the mixture.
- Evenly dish out the mixture into the cases, unless you are sharing and want more for yourself.
- Try and attack your camera(wo)man with the chocolate covered spatula.
- Add that final flourish of a few Cadbury mini eggs, whilst sneaking a few yourself.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes and then enjoy and relish in this timeless childhood classic.