Spring is definitely NOT in the air here. The temperatures have been in the teens and snow is in the forecast, but already Olivia and I have begun to look at seed catalogs and dream of Spring and the garden's bounty. Soon it will be time to plan for an early Easter and all things fresh and beautiful.
With visions of green grass and sunshine, we offer this Robin Egg Cake from Country Living Magazine. Make it now to dispel the Winter gloom or keep the recipe for Easter. Either way you will love its flavorful taste and creamy texture. It is a feast both for the stomach and the eyes. Enjoy!
For the Cake:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease three 8-inch cake pans and line bottoms with parchment paper rounds. Whisk together flour, baking powder, malt powder, and salt in a bowl.
- Whisk together oil, half-and-half, sugar, vanilla, coconut extract, and whole egg in a separate bowl until smooth. Fold in flour mixture just until incorporated. Beat egg whites with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes. Fold egg whites into batter just until combined.
- Divide batter among prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes. Cool in pans on a wire rack for 15 minutes, then invert onto racks to cool completely.
- Place one layer on a cake plate and frost top with 1 cup coconut buttercream. Repeat two more times. Frost sides with remaining Coconut Buttercream.
- Stir together food coloring and 2 drops water in a bowl. Dip the tip of a wide, stiff paintbrush into the mixture. Holding the brush 6 to 8 inches from the cake, gently fling the mixture onto iced cake. Repeat for desired effect. Spread phyllo nest around the base of the cake, and nestle candies in nest.
For the Coconut Buttercream:
- Beat butter and cream of coconut with an electric mixture on medium speed until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Gradually beat in sugar.
- Beat in pure vanilla extract and a pinch of kosher salt until combined.
- Beat in blue gel food coloring, one drop at a time, to desired color.
For the Phyllo Nest: