Since Easter is my favorite holiday I was inspired to create, style and photograph something beautiful and delicious as a personal project. This is a simple chocolate cake recipe that is layered with mascarpone, an Italian cheese made from cream, and candy coated milk chocolate Easter eggs. This will make a lovely dessert for an Easter brunch or dinner. It is unbelievably good and you are guaranteed to make a lot of new friends with this one. Enjoy!

Chocolate Easter Cakes with Honey Mascarpone

Chocolate Easter Cakes with Honey Mascarpone. Photo by Leslie Brienza

Chocolate Easter Cakes with Honey Mascarpone
Makes 4-6 cakes
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  2. 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon good quality unsweetened cocoa, I use Droste
  3. 3 tablespoons canola oil
  4. 3/4 cup water
  5. 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  6. 1 3/4 cups sugar
  7. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 2 eggs
  10. 1/2 cup buttermilk
  11. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  12. 1 cup Mascarpone
  13. 2 tablespoons honey
  14. 6 ounces candy coated chocolate Easter eggs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease and lightly flour a jelly roll pan
  2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat
  3. Once butter is melted whisk in the cocoa and stir until smooth
  4. Add the water and oil to saucepan and bring to a boil
  5. Remove the pan from heat and set aside
  6. While chocolate mixture cools whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl
  7. Pour the slightly cooled cocoa mixture into the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla
  8. Add the buttermilk mixture into the batter
  9. Pour the batter into pan and place in oven on center rack
  10. Bake until the top is firm to touch and a wooden skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Set aside to cool
  11. Once cake has cooled, cut out rounds using a biscuit cutter or top of glass, about 2 1/2" in diameter, set aside
  12. Mix honey and mascarpone together in small bowl
  13. Place one cake round on plate, spread mascarpone on top, add another cake round, then more mascarpone until there are three cake layers and three layers of mascarpone.
  14. Dust cakes lightly with powdered sugar and top with crushed chocolate eggs.
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