Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Easter Cake

Easter this year found us without family in the area. But never fear, we have good friends who invited us over. I asked what I could bring and Elizabeth said a dessert would be fine. I knew immediately I wanted to bring a coconut cake like my Grandma Nellie Belle used to make. Only problem was I didn't have her recipe. When I need a recipe I most always go to All Recipes. When I tried their site they had these cute chocolate nests pictured so I decided that since there would be children for Easter dinner they would be fun. Here's how I decorated the cake (had to use Peeps, don't you know!).

The nests were easy: Over low heat, melt together:

  • 1 pkg chocolate chips

  • 1 TBL shortening

Gently mix in

  • 1 can chow mein noodles

  • 1/2 cup coconut

Drop onto wax paper and form little nests. Fill immediately with jelly beans.

The Coconut Cake was actually easy too.

  • 1 box white cake mix

  • 4 eggs

  • 1/4 C oil

  • 1/2 C sour cream (I used light)

  • 1 C cream of coconut

Mix together & cook at 350 degrees for 35 minutes (two 8" rounds). Cool 15 mins and remove from pans. Cool.

The recipe called for a cream cheese frosting. I made a buttercream & coconut filling and used a can of whipped cream frosting. I didn't even know they made that in cans. Then I pressed coconut onto the sides and top of the cake.

There was no cake left and only a few nests....the kids, as predicted, preferred the chocolate nests to the cake.


pajudie said...

Those "nests" sure look cute and the cake sounds yummy, too. Will have to give both of them a try. Thanks for sharing the recipes :o)

Darlene said...

That light sour cream surely made that cake diet food!

Bevh said...

Looks yummy! I'll have to give it a try too.