The Nest Cake for Easter combines two of my loves. Cake and Candy. If you walked into our house, you would see lots of Easter candy and of course a half eaten cake. For sure I’ve eaten 1 bag of jelly beans, and the other two packed out of sight. For me, the ease of making this nest is perfect for the laid back feel of Easter Sunday. It’s a joyous day following a prayerful Holy Week culminating with the Saturday Night Easter Vigil, the holiest day of the year.
I used the Sour Cream Cake by Mary Beth recipe and picked a lemon cake mix. I just happen to love lemon, and for Easter Sunday I will probably use a carrot cake mix. This particular recipe takes any cake mix and transforms it into an out of this world moist and delectable cake. It was also fun to get the bundt pan out and dusted off. I’m not reposting the recipe so here is the list of ingredients that make the cake so extraordinaire.
- sour cream
- extra eggs
- your favorite box cake mix
My bundt pan is heavy and dark and needed to bake longer than the box directions. The extra eggs and sour cream add to the extra baking time. In total, my cake baked 45 minutes, and I used the toothpick test to determine when it was done. So, depending on your pan and oven, I would start checking it at the recommended time on the box and go from there. Cool for 15 minutes and then remove from the pan.
The Frosting is cream cheese, and I will include it below. I am hooked on coconut extract and can’t believe how much it adds to the flavor. It is an option, so feel free to exclude if you’re not a fan. The toasted coconut is a mix of sweetened and unsweetened coconut flakes because this is what I had on hand. Place the coconut on a baking sheet and toast for 15 minutes at 300 degrees turning often. It browns very quickly.
Nest Cake for Easter
The inspiration for this cake came from Sally’s Baking Addiction. It’s a blog I’ve followed for some time and she knows how to do SWEET! The fun is in the decorating. Besides picking the cake flavor, you can make your preferred icing or use store bought, you can change up the candies to your favorite and if you don’t like coconut, use sprinkles or nuts. It’s just as easy as that. Speaking of easy, I have one more note on the assembly of this cake. I had a busy few days preparing for fundraisers and this is how it went down; I made the cake on Friday, the icing on Saturday and assembled on Sunday. The taste was perfect.
The question is, have you been inspired to make this cake? When I think of Easter or any holiday, I think of kids and candy. It’s fun to watch their faces when their eyes land on the candy and they dig in. What’s your favorite Easter treat? Sugar cookies are always at the top for me and of course, there’s cake. Please consider leaving a message below and let me know if you try the Nest Cake for Easter.
Thanks so much for stopping by, Rose
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened to room temperature
- ¼ cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream or milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon coconut extract (optional)
- Mix the cream cheese and butter until smooth.
- Add the powdered sugar, cream, vanilla and coconut extract.
- Mix until well blended.
- Ice a completely cooled cake.
- I made my cake of Friday, the icing on Saturday and iced the cake on Sunday. It's just that great for preparing for an event!