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Cuckoo’s Nest Chocolate Cake

It’s been exactly one month since my husband’s name day and I did not yet manage to post any of the recipes I made that day.

I wanted to make something special on that day and all the recipes were of my own inspiration.

The most difficult of all was the cake. I’ve never ever made something as difficult as this cake but it was worth every effort I put into it.

I started the preparation from the previous day. I first made the chocolate pieces which formed the nest and then I baked two sponges:

Chocolate pieces to form the nest:


  • 200 grams Pure Dark chocolate
  • 200 grams Cooking chocolate
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 100 ml light fresh cream


In a bain marie (double boiler), melt the chocolate and when it melts, add the butter and the fresh cream and mix.

Spread the chocolate on parchment paper to make a very thin layer. Allow to cool, carve with a knife and place in the deep freezer (preferably on a flat surface) for at least three hours. You may then remove them into a bowl and store in the refrigerator.

The quantity I made was more than I needed, and if you use half the above quantity it will be enough. The remaining was not waisted as it can be stored for a long time in the refrigerator to be used in other recipes.

For each sponge cake


  • 60 grams of cocoa
  • 140 grams of self raising flour
  • 175 butter
  • 175 sugar
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt


Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Beat butter with sugar at full speed and add eggs one at a time. When adding each egg, reduce speed to minimum, beat for a minute at high speed and continue until all eggs have been incorporated, not forgetting to scrape the bowl, if needed. Add vanilla extract and then the flour mixed with cocoa and salt.

Line a 26 cm spring form baking tin with parchment paper. Bake cake for about one hour or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Repeat the same procedure for the second sponge cake. However, if you don’t want to make a big cake then only make one sponge cake and bake it in a smaller cake pan and when it cools down, cut it in two pieces.

Next Day

Preparing eggs for cuckoo’s nest:


  • 100 grams white chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 50 ml whipping cream
  • 1 packet of maltesers’ chocolates


Melt the chocolate the same way as above. Remove from double boiler and keep mixing chocolate (for about five minutes) until it begins cooling down. Add the maltezers and when each one is coated with chocolate place on parchment paper and when done put them in the deep freezer until they set.

Place remaining white chocolate back in the double boiler and keep it in a melted stage as it will be used in the filling.

For Filling and Frosting:


  • 2 x 250 ml whipping creams 35%
  • 1 cream cheese 250 grams
  • leftover chocolate from eggs
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons icing sugar (depending on if you want it sweet or not). I did not use any.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Whip the two creams and when they start to set, add the cream cheese, vanilla and icing sugar. Finally add remaining white chocolate a spoonful at a time and whip them all together.

Putting cake together


  • 1/2 cup of Cherry brandy
  • 1/2 cup of sour cherry syrup (or any other syrup you have available at home)

I used an equal amount of Cherry brandy mixed with sour cherry syrup to wet the sponge cakes.

I then added 1/3 of the cream on top of the sponge cake and with the remaining cream I covered the cake.

Take out of the freezer your dark chocolate pieces and each piece may then be cut into smaller pieces. Leave the center of the cake empty for the eggs and start shaping the nest moving from the center in a circular direction until all chocolate pieces have been placed. Put the cake in the refrigerator and when the eggs have set place them in the center.

I must say that this was one of the best cakes I ever made.

See some of the remaining recipes which will be posted tomorrow:

Stuffed psaronefri (I hope the word is correct griskin), with

Prune Sauce

Spanakopitakia (small spinach pies),

and potatoes with green olives.

I am sending this recipe to The Ultimate Chocolate Cake Challenge, hosted by of Not Quite Nigella.

I am also sending it to Aparna, of My Diverse Kitchen, who is Celebrating the one year of posts. Happy blogoversary Aparna.

I am also submitting this recipe to Srilekha, of Me and My Kitchen, who is hosting the Event Sweets.


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27 Responses

  1. Thanks so much, wow, I love the chocolate tiles on top!

  2. It is happy to see your posting. Yes really informative article. I will tell this information again to my friend, oh yes I suggest you to check my blog on Chocolate , I hope the article on my blog will be usefull for you… and we can share each other. thank you… 😉

  3. Wow, that cake looks fantastic! I bet it tasted wonderful too! What yummy food… Now, I’m hungry!

    Cheers and have a nice day,


  4. Ivy that cak looks like a work of art! Your efforts paid off and you created a delicious masterpiece.

  5. Magnificent Ivy, everything looks so good and that cake is just so gorgeous!

    Hugs Rosie x

  6. Wow the cuckoo’s nest cake is really something! I’ve never seen a cake decorated like that. I love it!

  7. Good Lord Ivy!!!! Your husband must have been so grateful and happy with that Super Menu!!!! You should send it over to Foodbuzz 😀 it’s worth the 300 dollars!!!!

    I just made a cake for my dad’s birthday but it looks light years away from your cukoos nest cake 😀

    Happy ThanksGiving darling! I still have to register on BloggerAid but will do soon 😀

  8. Wow cake looks adorable. Recipe’s sounds yummy.

  9. Beautiful cake Ivy. I can imagine that it is a really difficult cake especially the deocrations.
    I am sure your hubby was really happy with this cake.

  10. This cake is perfect for a special occasion and to make those who are less fortunate than ourselves feel all the more special. Thank you for all your hard work sis…you are a freat friend!!!All for one and one for all!!!

  11. That bird’s nest cake is a masterpiece! Almost too pretty to eat…almost.

  12. Wow Ivy , this is a special cake for a especial one. 🙂 Great job.
    And looks delicious

  13. That’s a lot of effort that’s gone into your cake, Ivy but its more than worth it. It looks very nice.
    I’m sure your husband was very happy.:)
    Thank you for celebrating with me.

  14. That cake is so beautiful! And you spent so much time creating it! A labor of love. Kudos. 🙂

  15. What an amazing cake! It looks like it was really a lot of work.

  16. Ivy, that cake looks FANTASTIC! Wow. What an inspiration… I am sure your husband appreciated the effort that went into it. 🙂

  17. Wow – that does look like a lot of work. Sounds like it paid off. I’m going to have to look back through your archives to see what a “name day” is.

    Thanks for posting about the PayPal stuff being up and running! It was a bit of a challenge to get it going.

  18. What a wonderful chocolate creation,excellent entry for the ultimate chocolate cake event:).I’ll check out the fund raiser.

  19. Ivy

    Thanks everybody for the lovely comments.

    Psychgrad and Aparna, I’ve put a link to the name day if you want to see what this is. Thanks.

  20. Hi, Ivy. There’s an award for you at my Cookbook Cuisine blog. 🙂 Please come over when you get a chance.

  21. I was hoping that you would post this recipe!!! I went to a restaurant once called the Cuckoo’s nest, and I’ve been in love with anything Cuckoo ever since….

    Also, I would LOVE to know a traditional recipe for Spanakopita because I know that I make it ‘wrong’….so I look forward to it!!

    Can’t wait….

  22. Wow! A beautiful cake made with love… You are truly so patient and you put a lot of effort into all you cook and bake. 🙂

  23. A belated Xponia Polla to Mr. Kopiaste!

    The cake looks fab…reminds me of a mosaic pattern. The neighbors must go nuts with the aromas coming from your kitchen.

  24. That cake looks amazing AND yummy! Very creative!

    I’m looking forward to that potato and green olive recipe! Yum.

  25. What a truly amazing cake Ivy – you have a lucky husband. I will bookmark this for a special occasion.

  26. That is so pretty Ivy! Very labor intensive I suppose.

  27. What a fun cake! Oh the things I would do to it, if I were left alone with it for any amount of time. 😉