This post is in support of the Waitrose #GoodEgg campaign
Did I mention how much I love Easter? It definitely has something to do with all the chocolate around. However, I also love that it’s spring and that it’s generally brighter and that the Easter bunny hops around. We actually do have two wild bunnies hopping around our garden, they visit every morning and so I tell the children that they are hunting around for all the best places to hide eggs. Easter also provides us with a nice opportunity to get into the kitchen and bake. We have more than two weeks off school and there’s generally less to do than before Christmas, so things are more relaxed.
This year, instead of a traditional Simnel cake (made with fruit and marzipan) I’ll be making version 2.0 of my Chocolate Easter Cake. This chocolate cake is perfect in every way and will feed a lot of people. Plus, you get to decorate it with whatever you have to hand – mini eggs, cute decorations and edible hay….
The inspiration for my Easter Chocolate Cake this year came as a result of my curiosity and my childlike inability to wait to open things. I spotted one of the Heston from Waitrose ‘Golden Eggs’ – this is the egg that won the coveted Good Housekeeping award for ‘Best Egg for Grown-ups’ with a score of 79/100. I gave into the hype and bought one, only to be teased for the rest of the week by the sleek-looking box it came in. You can’t see what’s inside until you open it. Desperate to get a look inside the egg, I cracked mine open a little ahead of Easter to find Heston’s mandarin-ganache filled eggs and some edible straw nestled inside a golden egg. At £20, it’s a little pricey, but definitely worth the splurge. Waitrose also scooped up the overall prize for their Hand Decorated Caramel Fudge Chocolate Egg, £7 – so well done to them!
Once I’d eaten some of the dark chocolate egg and some of the mini eggs, my attention turned to the edible hay. The children thought it was fun and I thought it would make a great Easter cake decoration! And so, my Heston-inspired Chocolate Easter Cake was born.
Front: Heston from Waitrose dark chocolate egg with mini eggs (£20) Chocolate Cake decorations – Waitrose Easter praliné eggs (£5) and wooden Easter decorations – also Waitrose.
How to be a #GoodEgg
This Easter, Waitrose have also launched a campaign called #GoodEgg to help support Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
All you have to do to be a #goodegg is to share your Easter photos on social media using the #GoodEgg hashtag. You can share anything from your baking or cooking adventures, to Easter bonnet hat making or egg hunting, or even perhaps just a spring walk or a snap of a baby lamb. Each day, Waitrose will be surprising some of the lucky people taking part with Easter treats, including Easter eggs, hampers and Waitrose vouchers.
Waitrose will also be making a charitable donation to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity as well as delivering chocolate eggs for the children to enjoy at their Easter party.
If you want to be an even better #goodegg you can also text a £3 donation to Great Ormand Street – to donate, simply text WEGG99 £3 to 70070
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Registered charity no. 235825.
More Easter Recipes
Here are some of my favourite Easter recipes and posts to isnpire you over the Easter holidays –
Easter Rocky Road Cake – perfect for pre-schoolers or little children
Easter Cupcake Ideas – my white chocolate cupcake recipe plus a slideshow to really whet the appetite.
Chocolate Rolo Cake (filled with caramel sauce)
Homemade Banoffee Eclairs – challenge yourself!
Easy Easter Recipes including my Hot Cross Buns with Chocolate Chips and a Toffee Glaze
Pop over and read my post here for the Easter Chocolate Cake recipe!
With thanks to Waitrose for sending me a hamper of goodies and a gift voucher.