as my boyfriend kev didn't have a cake for his birthday (and he LOVES chocolate) i decided to attempt my first proper cake as a combined birthday/easter effort. the recipe was 'easter egg nest cake' from nigella lawson's book 'feast'. i have to say, the cake was delicious and i was really chuffed with the results (even if i thought my arm was gonna fall off whisking the egg whites by hand! i have no electric whisk/mixer. boo). see the results for yourself!