This spring, I wanted to challenge myself to make a pretty cake. I can’t fool anyone and pretend I’m a great artist and I have to keep in my that my creative skills have a limit but it can’t hurt to try to improve.
I decide to celebrate the arrival of Spring with a cake inspired by my favorite candy of all time: Cadbury Mini Eggs.
This cake was pretty easy to make. I cheated on my from-scratch rule and bought cake mix. I wanted to focus on the visual aspect of the cake for once, rather than the merit of making everything from scratch.
Here are the steps to making this simple Easter cakes:
Baking the cake
I bought 2 boxes of white cake mix. I made the batter according to the directions on the box. Before baking the cake, I separated the dough into 3 bowls. I added a little bit of food coloring in each bowl to make a pastel batter. Make sure you don’t put too much at a time or you’ll get a very colorful cake! 🙂 I then placed the batter into 3 cake pans. I baked them all at the same time, according to the box directions and until a toothpick came out clean.
Making the frosting
The frosting was very simple. I made a large quantity to make sure I’d have enough and it turned out to be the perfect quantity.
Using a handheld mixer, combine 2/3 cup of softened butter, 6 cups of powdered sugar, 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract and 3-4 tablespoons of milk.
Putting the cake together
I wanted to hide mini eggs in the middle of my cake so I made a hole in the middle of one of the three cakes I baked. I used a metal cylinder but a glass or a knife would work as well.
On my presentation plate, I placed the first cake and a layer a buttercream. I placed the cake with a hole over it and filled the hole with mini eggs. I added buttercream on top and placed the last layer of cake.
This is where you can go simple or fancy if you’d like to. I had crazy ambitions but decided to go simple in the end. I covered the entire cake with buttercream (sides and top) and used mini eggs to decorate. I placed them around the top, and I crushed some more to place around the base of the cake.
Sharing with loved ones
The best part of making a pretty cake is to eat it, of course! I brought mine to work to share it with my co-workers. It was so big we ate it all week!
Happy Easter everyone!
May you belly be filled with sweet goodies! 🙂