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Baking Easter Egg Nest Cake

Asked by ClareS225. Answered on 28th April 2021

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How gooey is too gooey for a flourless chocolate cake? Have just made the Easter Egg Nest Cake (my first venture into a non-flour zone) and not sure if it was baked enough though did leave it in for about 45 mins. Top was solid/crispy when I decided to take it out of the oven.

Easter Egg Nest Cake
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Easter Egg Nest Cake
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Nigella's Easter Egg Nest Cake (from FEAST) is a flourless chocolate cake that is similar to a baked chocolate mousse, as it only contains eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla and chocolate. The level of "goo" required is slightly personal. You want the centre to be just set, but not so baked that the cake is drying out.

In the method Nigella suggests baking the cake until it is no longer wobbly in the centre (underneath the top crust) and this should take 35-40 minutes, though ovens do vary. You can give the springform pan a slight jiggle to see how much movement is underneath the crust. But it should not be completely solid and it should also be remembered that the cake will continue to bake slightly and firm up more as it cools. It is quite a delicate structure so we would try and avoid sticking a cake tester in the centre, but if you feel that you must do this then the cake tester should come out with some thickened batter attached, but the batter should not look completely raw.

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