Speckled Easter Cake with Cadbury Mini Eggs-
Last year for Easter I decided to do something fun for the kids but SIMPLE. I grabbed my favorite spice cake from Betty Crocker (2 boxes) . If you’re going to go simple and use a cake mix, spice cakes (and carrot cakes) IMO are the best way to go because they have so much flavor. The spices really make it taste homemade. To this boxed cake mix, I added my cream cheese frosting, recipe below:
Speckled Easter Egg Cake, ingredients:
- 2 Boxes, Betty Crocker Spice Cake or Carrot Cake Mix (+ oil & eggs as indicated on box)
- One homemade cream cheese frosting recipe (below)
- Handful of Cadbury Mini Eggs
- Blue food coloring
- 1 Tbsp. of cocoa powder mixed with a trickle of water, for speckling
Cream cheese frosting:
- 1 stick butter (1/2 c.) softened
- 1 package cream cheese, softened
- One bag of powdered sugar (about 7 1/2 c.)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 5-8 tablespoons of milk, as needed
- Mix cake ingredients according to box directions. Remember to use 2 boxes and double the additional oil, eggs, and water if you’d like to make a 4 layer cake like I did. I think a 4 layer cake looks so nice!
- While the cakes are baking, make the cream cheese frosting and set aside. Keep at room temperature if possible – it will be easier to spread.
- Bake cakes and let cool completely. Use a knife or cake leveler to cut off any rounded tops of the layers.
- Using 2/3 of the frosting, and set aside the other 1/3 for the outside. Then put the cake in the freezer to set. While it’s setting, use food coloring to dye that exterior frosting a pale pale blue color. Once the cake is frozen, remove and frost with the pale blue frosting.
- Mix the cocoa powder with tiny amount of water to create a liquid. Using a basting brush, flick the cocoa powder mixture over the cake. This will create the speckled look. (Note – I tried it at first with melted chocolate chips but it was much too thick. The cocoa powder and water were perfect.)
- Top the cake with Cadbury Mini Eggs in any design you’d like. See if you want to even cut into it. Almost too pretty to eat 😉