Recipe: Yellow Easter Cake & Chocolate Nest

Share on pinterest
Share on facebook
Share on twitter

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SweeterPascua #CollectiveBias

Easter Brunch Dessert Recipe - Yellow Cake and Chocolate Frosting

When I study abroad in Spain, I learned of La Mona de Pascua from my host family. This is an Easter tradition that symbolizes that lent (the 40 days before Easter) is over, where godparents give their godchildren a cake. The cake is typically covered in chocolate eggs and feathers. Originally, because many people refrain from eating meat and dairy during lent, these cakes were adorned with real eggs. The number of eggs matched the godchild’s age. The chocoholic in me is grateful for evolving traditions. Families gather together to celebrate Easter (or Pascua) and enjoy these cakes. 

While my family celebrates many Spanish traditions, this was the first I’ve heard of La Mona de Pascua. This year I’ll be making La Mona de Pascua cakes for my family. I love being able to teach my children about their roots and the many colorful traditions that our culture exudes. Traditions tie families together and creates wonderful childhood memories. Even if you don’t have Spanish ties, you can still celebrate in this fun tradition with your family. Letting children experience other cultures through their special traditions is a valuable teaching moment.

Here’s my version of La Mona de Pascua. It’s a delicious yellow cake with chocolate frosting and DOVE® Chocolate Eggs sit on a nest of white chocolate shavings. This is the perfect dessert recipe for your Easter brunch and you can talk about La Mona de Pascua and how families in Spain celebrate. Maybe this is the start of a new tradition. 


2 cups flower
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup butter
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs
DOVE® Chocolate Eggs
White chocolate bar
Favorite chocolate or fudge frosting

You’ll also need: vegetable peeler


Step 1: Head to Walmart to pick up DOVE® Chocolate Eggs (I found them in the seasonal candy aisle) and your other ingredients. You may also want to pick up a bag of M&M’s® Easter Sundae flavor (exclusive at Walmart for a limited time), M&M’s® varieties with Easter colors and Starburst® Jellybeans (for snacking or decorating purposes). Head to Mars Wrigley for a bundle coupon for special savings. 

Dove WalmartDove Eggs Walmart copyStarburst Eggs Walmart copy

Step 2: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, combine sugar and butter until fluffy. Add flour mixture, eggs and vanilla.  

Yellow Chocolate Easter Cake 6 copy

Step 3: Pour into a cake pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before cutting in half. Place icing in between the layers and ice the entire cake with chocolate frosting.

Yellow Chocolate Easter Cake 2 copy

Step 4: Create chocolate curls by running the vegetable peeler over the white chocolate bar. Place the shavings in a nest-like pile on top of the cake. 

Yellow Chocolate Easter Cake 1 copyYellow Chocolate Easter Cake 3 copy

Step 5: Unwrap the DOVE® Chocolate Eggs and place on top of the white chocolate nest.

Yellow Chocolate Easter Cake 8 copy Yellow Chocolate Easter Cake 7 copy

Step 6: Cut a slice and enjoy!

Yellow Chocolate Easter Cake 5 copy Yellow Chocolate Easter Cake 4 copyYellow Chocolate Easter Cake 9 copy

What are your favorite Easter Traditions? Visit Mars Wrigley for more ideas!

You Might Also Like

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Hi, I'm Vanessa!

Welcome to See Vanessa Craft! I’m Vanessa, an MSSW and mom of two in Arizona, and I’m happy you’re here to get inspired with me. It’s my mission in life to spread creativity through crafts, recipes, travel and more in order to live a life well lived.