You don’t need to spend a lot of money at a bakery to get a beautiful specialty cake like this one. This cake is perfect as an Easter dessert – you could even have the kids ‘paint’ it up like an Easter egg. The green grass is edible Easter basket filling I found (gluten free!).
This is a baking dish specially for making dome filled cakes (I found it at a thrift store for $5!). If you don’t have one, use a small stainless steel bowl. Be sure to grease them well so the cake is easily removed – since with this type of poured icing, every flaw on the cakes surface will be seen!
Spread the icing evenly around the inner cake then place the center piece back in, using a knife to level the base. If using a regular bowl, slice the cake in half if desired to spread in a layer of buttercream.
Mix the fondant ingredients together in a pot over low heat. Stirring until warm to the touch (but not hot), add coloring then quickly pour over cooled cake. Use an offset spatula if needed to spread fondant around to fill in gaps, but do it quickly as you still want the fondant warm enough to self-level on its own, otherwise you’ll see the spatula marks.
For the egg’s speckled design, mix up the vanilla and cocoa and dip a paint brush in the mixture. Gently tap the paint brush against a wood spoon so it will splatter – do a test splatter first on the counter so you know how close to be to the cake, as you don’t want any drips.
Robin’s Egg Cake
- 2 Tbsp vanilla
- 2 tsp cocoa
- Bake cake in a round ball-style cake pan (or a stainless steel bowl), allow to cool completely. Frost inside layers with regular icing if desired.
- Mix the fondant ingredients together in a pot over low heat. Stirring until warm to the touch (but not hot), add coloring then quickly pour over cooled cake. Use an offset spatula if needed to spread fondant around to fill in gaps, but do it quickly as you still want the fondant warm enough to self-level on its own, otherwise you'll see the spatula marks. Allow to sit at room temperature until fondant is completely dry.
- To create speckled design, mix together the vanilla and cocoa. Dip a clean small paintbrush in the mixture and tap its handle again the handle of a wooden spoon to ‘splatter’ the mixture onto the cakes surface. Test on the counter first so you know how much to dip/how close to splatter, etc as you don’t want drips.
- Chill until speckles are set.