Chocolate Nests and Egg Cakes {GF/WF/DF}

This year is challenge for me since my son has been diagnosed with several food allergies {wheat, dairy, beef, and peanuts to be exact} leaving a very limited number of foods in his diet. With Easter being commercially known for chocolates and sweets I am left on my own to create a few tasty treats that are fun. I admit a lot are trial and error however this one is a keeper.
All of the ingredients I used comply with the restrictions of his diet however, these could be easily made using regular substitutes.
I started with one cup of chocolate morsels. {I used the Enjoy Life brand which is known for being allergen free} Mix one cup of morsels with 1/3 teaspoon of canola oil. Microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until they are completely melted and smooth.
Blow up a balloon just enough to nestle in a small bowl. Once my balloon was inflated I washed it off just incase any residue was on the outside and left to completely dry. Place the balloon, tie side down, in a bowl and spray with a good coat of cooking spray.
Using a fork drizzle the melted chocolate over the top of the balloon making sure to cross back and forth to connect the chocolate. Once you get a good base place in the freezer for 10 minutes and repeat the chocolate steps until you get a nicely covered ‘nest’. Leave in the freezer to completely harden while you start on the egg cakes.
Mix a batch of cake mix together and separate into small batches to color with food coloring. I used a gluten free / dairy free mix and allergen free food coloring, however you could easily use regular cake mix as well.
To create the ‘egg’ shape I used a Wilton Brownie Pop Silicone Mold filled 3/4 of the way full. It creates the perfect little half egg shape. Once baked you want to trim the bottoms so your eggs sit nice and flat.
Remove the chocolate nest from the freezer and invert the balloon so the tied end is sitting up. Cut a small slit in the balloon and slowly release the air. {Make sure you do this step very slowly so your shell does not crack}
I put a nice layer of Enjoy Life Rice cereal in the base of the nest to nestle the eggs in. I love the texture it adds.
The nests are almost too darling to eat!
The perfect fun allergen free treat for my little guy. Enjoy!
                  

Comments

  1. I love this soooooooooo much!!! I will have to copy and do for my daughter’s Easter party! Thanks so much! I will post and link to you for being my “muse”.

    Michelle
    Maddycakes Muse

  2. This is such a wonderful idea. My 86 year father lives with us and is also gluten free. Thankfully there seems to be more and more things available in the stores, especially baked goods. Although my sister, who also has celiac sprue, has baking for him down to a science. Love when she comes over to bake! I do more of the cooking for him.
    I absolutely love your blog. We are very similar in the “love to organize” category.
    Thanks for such a beautiful blog and for sharing. Have a great weekend.
    ~Karen~

  3. OMG so clever! And thanks for the gluten free idea – I am gluten sensitive and love when I find one!

    Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
    party inspiration

  4. What a wonderful mom you are! These are so cute and your little guy can have some great treats without worry of allergens. I love the chocolate nests.
    Jane

  5. Oh my word, this is adoreable and what a thrill to be able to eat it. I just love it. Thanks for the tutorial. I know your little guy will be thrilled. Hugs, Marty

  6. These are SO cute! Your little man is going to love it!

  7. This is an extraordinary idea! Not only that, it look fabulous!!!!! Judi

  8. I just discovered your blog. Even if I didn’t completely love it (which I do), I would follow it just because of your blog’s name! ♥

    ♥tiff
    fashionintheforest.blogspot.com

  9. Oh my goodness, how adorable! They do look to good to eat. Hope your little guy enjoys them.
    I have loved following your blog. Your projects and decorating style are fabulous!

  10. just spent some time on your wonderful blog. WOW are you talented! love it all and added myself as a follower. so glad i found you!
    kathi

  11. Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I love it!

  12. LOVE it! So adorable.

  13. BTW-My littlest guy is allergic to gluten, corn, and dairy which is why I do so many homemade marshmallow and meringue recipes. Eggs fortunately aren’t on the list for him! I just made some cute meringue bunnies. Come see.

  14. That looks like so much fun!

  15. Beautiful. I love the chocolate nest!!!

  16. What a cute idea, love how you made the nest!

  17. Oh wow!! Those are so cool!! They look as fun to eat as they are to make. :)

  18. What a fun idea!! I love the chocolate idea, so fun!

  19. What a fantastic idea! I might give this a try some day!

  20. OH my goodness! This is too cute to eat. What a wonderful idea! I cannot wait for easter…

    I had the thought that I could make “mini” nests and use little chocolate eggs inside- or jelly beans.

  21. I love this idea. I am definitely going to do this one. Glad you shared it.
    Thanks,
    Carey

  22. That is so awesome! I love the idea. My little girl is allergic to dairy and peanuts, so I know how challenging things can get.
    I’m over from the girl creative.

    Ashley @ http://cuteasafox.blogspot.com

  23. This is GREAT!! We just found out that our little boy is gluten intolerant, and I will admit to being more flexible the last couple of weeks, and he’s running random fever again. That’s what i get! Thanks for this–I’ll definitely be giving it a try! (found you through TGC today!)

  24. O.k., this took me a while to get b/c I’m slow. And a little ADD. But WOW, brilliant! And now I really really need to make that neat-o chocolate nest.

  25. Watch out Martha! too cute.

    Carole
    http://www.ladiessewingcircle.com

  26. I remember making this nest when I was little! Thanks for the reminder, my boys will love this!

  27. Love the basket!!! Great job. Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

  28. Stephanie, those are amazing. What a clever display. You know that I really HATE cooking, but I am honestly going to try this — it’s more like art than cooking (yippee)….. Thank you so much for sharing this with the boardwalk Bragfest. I LOVE IT!!!

  29. Not only super cute by yummy!! Thanks for linking up this week!!

  30. now I must go get a balloon and some dark choc morsels….this is so cute..

    Sandy

    http://thewondersofdoing.blogspot.com/

  31. WOW! Awesome!

    m ^..^

  32. Great idea! And cute, too! :o)

  33. Oh, how cool! I love this idea! :D

  34. This is such a cute project! I will have to try it in a few years when my little allergic guy is a bit older. :)

  35. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

  36. Oh, these are FABULOUS! So wonderful! I love the combination of functional, gorgeous and yummy…
    We have a friday fun finds party- we’d love it if you’d link up!

        

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