This post was sponsored by JOANN. All opinions are my own.
It’s time to plan the egg hunts and fill the baskets, Easter is almost here! Whether you are hosting or being hosted, I have the perfect dessert for your celebration: a Speckled Egg Cake! This cake is simple to make and will be a hit at your spring celebration.
You’ll only need a few tools to create this stunning centerpiece. I found everything I needed at JOANN. I have used many of these tools over and over again, so don’t be afraid to purchase. If you plan to keep baking you will use them again and again!
You will need:
Cadbury Eggs or other Robins Egg type candy
Druzy Hem Tool (my favorite cake decorating hack!)
You’ll also need toasted coconut, which is really easy to do. Simply pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees. Spread coconut on a cookie sheet and toast for 2 minutes. Use a cookie scraper to gently toss and spread coconut around. Toast for an additional 2 minutes. Allow to cool.
To get started, bake your favorite cake recipe. It can be a scratch recipe or a boxed mix. Whatever you prefer! I love a good scratch carrot cake or a doctored cake mix. My secret to a great cake mix cake is an extra egg and a box of pudding.
I do recommend making my icing for the filling and exterior of the cake vs using canned store icing. You can find my buttercream recipe HERE. I colored mine soft blue and kept the interior icing white.
Start by filling your icing bags. Fill one with white icing (no tip needed) and fit the second bag with a cake icer and fill with blue icing.
Place a cake circle on a cake turntable and put first layer of cake onto cake circle. Using the white icing bag, snip the bag about an inch from the tip. Begin filling first layer of cake with icing, starting at the outer edge and working your way to the middle.
Using an angled spatula, spread the icing around the cake to create an even surface.
Add second layer and gently press down on cake to secure it in place. Repeat white icing filling on second layer.
Add third layer. When all layers are secure, use angled spatula to fill in any holes and gaps with extra icing from uneven cake tops.
Using bag filled with blue icing and fitted with cake icer tip, begin adding rings of buttercream around cake until you reach the top.
Finish covering the top of the cake with remaining icing.
Using a bench scraper or my favorite cake decorating hack tool the dritzy hem, smooth out the side of the cake.
Use angled spatula to smooth out the top of the cake and remove any excess icing.
Using the angled spatula, gently make back and forth motions around cake to create texture. Be careful not to press spatula into the cake too with too much pressure or you may dig into cake.
The beauty of this technique is how whimsical it is. There are no rules or patterns. The more random, the better!
In a separate bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder to a tablespoon of vanilla, or enough vanilla to create a chocolate paste. Mix until blended and smooth.
Set mixture aside.
Fit a third piping bag with a 199 tip and fill with blue icing. Draw random dollops of icing around edges of cake.
Top dollops of cake with toasted coconut to create a crown of coconut on cake.
Here’s where the fun comes in! Using a paint brush, carefully flick brush a few inches from cake to create a chocolate splatter. The splatter will do exactly that.. splatter all over the cake, AND your kitchen, so be careful not to make a gigantic mess!
After the cake is splattered to your liking, finish the cake by adding a robins egg or cadbury egg to the dollops of icing around the cake.
I like to display my cakes on a cake pedestal or plate which is why I always use a cake circle under my first layer. It’s easy to transfer your cake using the cake spatula to the pedestal of your choice.
That’s it! Piece of cake! #punintended
Let me know if you make this cake! I would love to see your creations. Tag me on social media @jennycookies.
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Photos by Kelly Clare Photography
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