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Easter Bird’s Nest Cake – Rossella Rago

Made with Anisette or Sambuca, this recipe is as authentic as it gets!

This cake is a must for Easter! Made with Anisette or Sambuca, this dessert is as authentic as it gets! Get Rossella Rago’s recipe below!



For the Cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups 00 or all purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 granulated sugar
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • 2 packets Vanillina or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup whole milk

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup Anisette or Sambuca liqueur
  • sprinkles to decorate
  • small chocolate eggs for garnish

For the Birds Nest:

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (semisweet or milk)
  • 1/2 cup all bran cereal (you can also use Rice Krispies cereal)


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