The robin egg speckled frosting on this browned butter vanilla snack cake is PERFECT for spring time. It's an easy yet impressive dessert for Easter and other springtime celebrations. The best part: this cake tastes even better than it looks!
Speckled robin eggs are one of my favorite decorations for Easter and spring, and I love those little malted chocolate robin egg candies. So when I started thinking about desserts that would be perfect for an Easter brunch or spring time celebration, I knew that I wanted to create the same beautifully speckled effect on a cake!
I opted for a simple snack cake so that we can spend less time fussing over frosting the cake and more time enjoying the spring weather! The speckled frosting is surprisingly quick and easy to do, and it makes for an impressive dessert with less effort than a tiered, frosted cake.
And let me just say that this vanilla snack cake is anything but vanilla. Instead of plain, unsalted butter, we'll use browned butter for a toasted, nutty flavor that perfectly complements the vanilla and adds a little extra something to our cake. This is, of course, optional, but I recommend browning the butter for the wonderful flavor complexity it adds. Just note that you'll need to brown your butter in advance so that it's at room temperature when you're ready to bake your cake. (See the note in the recipe for more info.)
Now for the frosting! For this cake we're using my favorite buttercream frosting recipe, downsized for the smaller cake. A few drops of pastel blue food coloring (I used Wilton's) give us the gorgeous robin egg blue shade we're looking for.
But the best part of this cake is the beautiful speckled frosting, and it's a lot easier to create this look than you'd think! First we'll whisk together cocoa powder and vanilla extract to create our chocolate "paint". Then we'll use a new (or clean), stiff-bristled paint brush (I used the beige brush in this set) to splatter the chocolate onto the frosting. This would be such a fun recipe to make with kids, because what kid doesn't like making a little mess in the kitchen?!
When you're ready to serve the cake, simply slice it into squares and watch your loved ones' faces light up when they see the gorgeous robin egg speckled frosting!Print