For spring, we love a “robin’s egg” cake: a speckled exterior, garnished with some chocolate Easter eggs.
Last year we made this Speckled Egg Malted Milk Egg Cake.
For step-by-step photos and a video, visit Amanda’s recipe page.
Two white cake layers sandwich a bright yellow lemon cheesecake layer.
For even more springtime color splash, tint one of the white layers pink. Just add 3-5 drops of red food color to the white batter until you reach the desired shade.
RECIPE: SPECKLED ROBIN’S EGG CHEESECAKE
1. BAKE the white cake layers per box instructions. Set aside. (We baked the cake layers the day before and wrapped them in plastic after cooling.) When they are cool, level the tops if necessary.
2. PREPARE the cheesecake: Heat the oven to 350°F. Prepare a springform pan: Line with parchment and spray with non-stick spray.
Allow it to cool for at least 3 hours before assembling the cake.
 and  A cake for Easter or other spring celebration (photos courtesy I Am Baker).  The blue color is created with McCormick Colors From Nature.  The real deal, robin’s eggs in their nest (photo courtesy Erica Lea | Flickr).
3. COMBINE the cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice, and lemon extract in the bowl of a stand mixer, until well blended. Add the eggs; mix just until blended. Pour into the springform pan.
4. BAKE for 40 minutes or the until center is almost set. Cool. Refrigerate 3 hours or until firm.
5. PREPARE the buttercream. In medium bowl, mix the sugar and butter with a spoon or an electric mixer on low speed. Stir in the vanilla and 1 tablespoon of the milk. Gradually beat in just enough remaining milk to make the frosting smooth and spreadable. If too thick, beat in more milk, a few drops at a time. Add 1 teaspoon of the sky blue food coloring. You can add more or less to reach your desired color. Set aside.
6. ASSEMBLE the cake. Place the first layer of white cake on a cake stand. Carefully place the lemon cheesecake directly on top. Set the final layer of white cake on top of cheesecake. You may need to trim and level the cheesecake before putting the cake together. (No frosting between layers is necessary.)
7. COVER the cake in buttercream and smooth with a small offset spatula. Go back with a bench scraper to get extra-smooth sides and top.
8. WHISK together the speckling liquid ingredients. Place the cake on a table lined with newspaper and wear a protective apron. Dip the brush into the cocoa water and then hold it in your left hand near the cake. With your pointer finger of your right hand, run your finger along the bristles of the paint brush. The first time you do this, try to be a little farther away from the cake, just so you are able to gauge how much pressure you can use, how much liquid you need on your brush, and how close you need to be.
Spatter the speckles all over the top and sides of the cake. If you get a big spot or an area you don’t like, you can carefully dab a paper towel onto the area and remove most of the brown, while still blending in with the cake. When done, clean off the edge of the cake stand.
9. GARNISH the top with candy grass to center and add small chocolate eggs. Chill until ready to serve.
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