Get the kids involved for an eggscelent Easter

Easter holidays are just around the corner and it's the perfect time to get the kids involved in the kitchen and eggs cited about baking (sorry - that's the last Easter joke, promise). Whether you want to get the kids involved in your spectacular bake that will impress the whole family this weekend, bake some little Easter gifts or just create some treats to enjoy as a family, we have put our favourite Easter ideas here for you to take advantage of.

1. Take your favourite chocolate cake recipe and top it with a simple bird's nest to convert it into an Easter masterpiece

Simple, but effective. Dip pretzels in chocolate and place them on top of the cake, add some Mini Eggs and a few Easter chicks (you can get these easily in Hobbycraft). Something easy for the kids to get involved in - and yummy too!

2. It wouldn't be Easter without the traditional bird nest cakes. Simply coat cornflakes in melted chocolate and spoon them into cupcake cases. Add chicks and/or eggs, and there you have it.

3. We all love a creme egg, right? So why not have them on top of your favourite chocolate cake and fully indulge.

For a ganache to top the cake, replace your normal chocolate for chopped creme egg. Then for the icing, whip double cream and icing sugar (1tbsp of icing sugar per 250ml of double cream) until you have medium peaks and add chopped creme eggs. You could even use this idea on cupcakes which could be a gift or event be made a part of your Easter egg hunt.

4. Bring Spring to life with elegant yellow ombre cake.

Take any lemon cake recipe and split it into four layers, dye the layers slightly different shades of yellow and pile the darkest yellow at the bottom and lightest yellow at the top. Then pipe lemon buttercream (or lemon curd whipped with double cream) roses in the same shades. Add a butterfly for the ultimate Spring feel.

5. Get the kids eggstremely (I know, I promised, but I couldn't resist) excited with Easter egg hunt cupcakes. Just watch out if you have pets running around the house that they don't get gobbled up.

6. Meringue nests are the perfect dessert to finish off any Easter menu, especially when they're filled with chocolate and mini eggs

7. Easter egg biscuits are perfect baking for the kids. Cut out egg shapes and let them loose on the icing.

8. Add Mini Eggs to your cookie dough for an Easter twist.

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