This is a great cake for Easter - it has Cadburys Creme Eggs baked in the middle!
I made it for a meeting of my local Clandestine Cake Club which had a triple theme. First it was "Once upon a time", plus Easter, plus a hidden ingredient. That was quite a lot to get into one cake and everyone else made Easter cakes decorated with chicks and mini eggs, and a few people also had a hidden ingredient. I was more interested by the "once upon a time" theme and was thinking about nursery rhymes and fairy tales and realised that there was one that would also fit the Easter theme - humpty dumpty! I then remembered that I had seen recipes online for chocolate brownies with Cadburys creme eggs baked in the middle and wondered if I could do the same with cake. Strangely, I couldn't find any recipes or blog posts on the internet for Cadburys creme egg cakes- I found plenty of brownie recipes and also cupcakes but I couldn't find an example where someone had tried it in a cake. So I wasn't sure if it would work or not... but look how it turned out!
I did wonder about freezing the creme eggs before I baked them in the cake to see if they would hold their shape better; if you want to have a go at making this cake and trying that I would be interested to hear how it turns out. The eggs did remain relatively intact anyway the way that I did it.
Humpty Dumpty Cadburys Creme Egg Cake - an original recipe by Caroline Makes
For the loaf cake:
175g softened butter or margarine
175g caster sugar
125g self-raising flour
50g cocoa powder
6 Cadburys creme eggs
For the humpty dumpty cake:
120g softened butter or margarine
120g caster sugar
80g self-raising flour
30g cocoa powder
For the buttercream
200g softened butter or margarine
400g icing sugar
50g cocoa powder
Roll-out fondant to decorate: I used two 250g packs of Renshaw ready-to-roll icing in teddy bear brown (though I didn't use it all), plus about 500g of white ready-to-roll icing, half of which I coloured blue with Sugarflair baby blue gel paste, and some Dr. Oetker wafer daisies. I also used a tiny amount of black sugarpaste though you can also use an edible pen or mark on the mouth with a curved modelling tool or a spoon and I bought some edible eyes by Suck UK, though you could make eyes from white and black sugarpaste. I also had a brickwork embosser from the Sugarcraft Patchwork Cutters range though you could use a knife if you don't have this. You'll see pictures and explanations of all these below.
To make the cake, preheat the oven to 175C. Grease and line a loaf tin or spray with Cake Release and do the same with either a small round cake tin or line a muffin tin with cupcake cases.
For the loaf cake, cream the butter and the sugar with an electric beater then add the eggs one at a time. Fold in the flour and the cocoa powder and finally the milk.
I bought a pack of six Cadbury's creme eggs in the supermarket for £2 which I thought was pretty good.
Pour the cake mixture into the prepared loaf tin and gently press in each of the creme eggs once you have taken them out of their wrappers of course. I pushed them down like the ones you can see in the back row, then spread the cake mixture so it covered the tops of the creme eggs, as I thought they would melt too quickly in the oven otherwise. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
Do the same process with the ingredients for the humpty dumpty cake, without the creme eggs. Bake this in either a small round cake tin or as cupcakes; it doesn't matter because you are going to crumble this cake up like when you make cake pops.
Here is the loaf cake - leave it to cool in the tin for a while then turn out onto a wire rack.
You can see that the creme eggs have melted and actually left holes in the bottom of the cake. This didn't seem to be a problem for me but if you have any ideas on how to stop this happening I'd like to hear them!
When you have your ball of cake roll it between your hands to make it a little more egg-shaped. Then roll out some white fondant and cover the cake ball - it doesn't matter if the bottom is a bit uneven (I find it quite hard to cover a ball without ragged seams on the bottom) as you won't see the bottom of the cake.
Then colour some fondant in another colour - I used baby blue - or roll out some coloured fondant and cover the bottom half of the egg. Again the underneath won't be seen.
I wanted to make it look as if Humpty Dumpty was wearing a shirt so I cut out a triangle of white fondant and made some buttons in blue. I stuck this on the front.
I found these edible eyes in a gift shop; they weren't cheap at £4.99 but I thought they would be fun to try out.
I also made a hat out of fondant and a mouth - though I didn't get the smile right, but I couldn't move it as the black fondant would have left a mark. Roll out some sausage shapes in blue fondant to make the arms and the legs which you will fix on later.
When the loaf cake is cold, roll out some brown or reddish-brown coloured fondant - I used teddy bear brown - and cover the cake. Spread a thin layer of buttercream over the cake first then cover with the fondant. Place it on a cake board.
I bought this patchwork brickwork cutter/embosser a while ago after making this dog basket cake
and decided it would be perfect to make the wall.
Simply press into the fondant so you can see the brick pattern.
And finally assemble the cake - sit humpty dumpty on the wall, and fix on his arms and legs with either a little buttercream or edible glue. I added some Dr. Oetker wafer daisies on one end of the wall.
I had no idea what the inside would look like until I cut into the cake at the Clandestine Cake Club meeting.... I was really pleased to see the Cadbury's creme eggs had kept their shape and melted a little, but when you eat the cake you definitely know you are eating a piece of the creme egg at the same time. This was quite a fudgy cake and really delicious.
The Clandestine Cake Club meeting was very enjoyable; it took place in Waterstone's cafe so we drank tea and ate cake while surrounded by cookery books.
Here are some of the other delicious cakes that CCC members made, around the Easter theme, some of which also had a hidden ingredient, but nobody else used the "once upon a time" theme.
I am sending this to We Should Cocoa, created by Choclette at Chocolate Log Blog and hosted this month by Rachel Cotterill as the theme this month is Easter.
The theme for Love Cake, hosted by Jibber Jabber UK, is "springing into Easter".
The theme for Calendar Cakes, hosted by Rachel at Dollybakes, is also Easter.