DIY: Speckled Egg Cake

It might not feel like it, with cold air and snow still hanging around, but Spring is just around the corner.  Before you know it, the first buds of green will be popping up on tree branches.  Birds will be chirping.  Flowers will be blooming.  And Easter will be on the way!  So today we’re getting ready with a new cake tutorial that is all about Spring!  Inspired by the gorgeous color and texture of robins’ eggs, this cake is super easy and incredibly fun.  And completely achievable for all levels of bakers, to include your favorite little egg-hunters.  It’s a DIY Speckled Easter Egg Cake tutorial and I hope you enjoy it!

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Before we get started on the very scientific speckling technique, let’s talk about the cake itself.  I used a Classic Vanilla Cake recipe and baked it as four layers.  You can bake your cakes several days in advance and either freeze them or keep them in the refrigerator.  Being a mom to a little one means my windows of time are quite short.  So on Day #1, I baked the cake and made the eggs.  Day #2, I made a batch of basic buttercream icing (recipe here).  Day #3, I assembled and decorated the cake.  You, by no means, have to follow my extra prolonged, toddler-approved schedule.  But if needed, you can certainly spread this project out over several days.

The original Speckled Egg Cake! Learn how to make this springy Easter cake with a step-by-step tutorial | by Carrie Sellman for

Now, let’s talk about the eggs!  There are several ways you could go about making these eggs.  You can use an egg-shaped candy mold to create white chocolate eggs, colored appropriately.  You can use real eggs that are hard boiled (or blown out) and then dyed. {Please do not use raw eggs… that is just asking for trouble.}  You can shape eggs out of fondant or gumpaste.  Or you can simply purchase any speckled candy eggs that you like.  Whichever route you pick, this is your first step in decorating. Your overall color scheme starts with your eggs!

The original Speckled Egg Cake! Learn how to make this springy Easter cake with a step-by-step tutorial | by Carrie Sellman for

Now, let’s get to the speckling!  This project is incredibly fun AND slightly messy.  But the mess makes it fun, right?  You will absolutely get cocoa splatters on your counter, and yes, probably even your floor.  I found a few stray spots even on my refrigerator.  Hence the wax paper for your work surface and paper towels for clean up.  So please please consider this your official warning.  This is not the project for your favorite apron.  But I am happy to report that my kitchen was clean with just a few paper towels.  And my apron washed up just fine.  Now that you’ve read the disclosures… let’s get to it!

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a DIY by Carrie Sellman


  • cake of choice, assembled and crumb-coated
  • buttercream icing
  • food coloring
  • 1 T cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 T vanilla extract
  • clean paintbrush
  • wax paper
  • paper towels, for clean up
  • speckled eggs

STEP 1:  Color your buttercream frosting with a few drops of food coloring.  I used 2-3 drops of Americolor Sky Blue gel.  When tinting buttercream, I like to add one drop of color at a time until I reach the right shade.  If you’ve ever ruined a batch of icing before, you already know the benefit of adding color gradually.  And when in doubt, I like to error on the light side.  Buttercream naturally darkens slightly as it sets.

STEP 2:  Frost your assembled and crumb-coated cake with your pretty blue buttercream.  Smooth and shape to your liking.  It does not have to be perfect.  We’re about to splatter it up!

STEP 3:  In a small bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder with 1 1/2 tablespoons of vanilla extract.  Stir well until cocoa is completely dissolved and you have a thin, chocolate paint.

STEP 4:  Cover your work area with wax paper.  Lightly dip your new (or totally clean, never used for paint) paintbrush into the chocolate.  Holding the paint brush with one hand, gently flick the bristles with your other index finger to splatter the chocolate paint.  Practice first onto your wax paper until you get the hang of it.  No need to move on to the cake until you master the flick.  When you’re ready to start speckling, hold the paintbrush fairly close to the cake and start splattering.

NOTE: A little chocolate paint goes a long way.  So dip your brush lightly.  If your paintbrush becomes ‘clogged’ with paint and is no longer splattering nicely, rinse it with water.  Dry with a paper towel.  And start again.

STEP 5:  Keep splattering away!  Move up, down and all around to completely cover the cake.

NOTE:  As you work, you will undoubtedly get a splatter that is bigger than you would prefer.  Or accidentally get carried away and bump the cake with your paintbrush.  (Don’t ask me how I know this!)  You have two options here.  Either embrace the imperfections and let it go.  Or wipe it off quickly with a light dab of water and paper towel.  Then go back to speckling.  If you look closely, you can see where I wiped one of my oh-no-it’s-too-big splatters.  Left-middle.  Not too bad of a correction and I think it adds to the speckled egg charm.

STEP 6:  Now that you have the hang of splattering, you’ll also speckle the eggs you previously made.  While you wait for the cake and the eggs to dry, now is a good time to wipe off any stray splatters on your cake pedestal.  Once both the eggs and the cake are completely dry, arrange eggs on top of cake.  Use a dab of buttercream to hold them exactly where you want them.

STEP 7:  Cut, eat and enjoy!

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Carrie Sellman is the Founder & Editor of The Cake Blog. Her work has been published in BRIDES Magazine, Country Living Magazine and featured online at People, Today, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Redbook, Real Simple, TLC, The Cooking Channel and more.


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    JoJo says

    Amazing!!! Question…will this technique work on italian meringue buttercream? It’s the only buttercream I ever use you see…

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    Eraina says

    Such an easy finish to achieve, but the look is absolutely contemporary and stunning. Thanks for the tips.

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    Jessica says

    I love this cake and can’t wait to try it! What did you use for food coloring? The color is so vibrant!

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    Thank you so much for this information on this fabulous cake…. I really want to give that a go!!! stunning clean edges too :)

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    hrmajsty says

    I would like to suggest cutting one side only from a large cardboard box and, with the open side facing you, placing your cake inside the box on a lazy susan to do the spatter painting.

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      Carrie Sellman says

      Thanks, great suggestion! I was not that organized or prepared for the splatters. But in reality, it all wipes up pretty easily.

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    One of my very favorite cakes Carrie!! It’s gorgeous!! LOVE it so very much!! Thanks for sharing and for inspiring the buh-gee-beez out of me!! *wink*

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    Catherine says

    Hello Carrie, this cake is amazing!! I’ll definitely be trying this for Easter! Thank you. Can I ask you about the cake you used? I just love the orange flecks and how it appears slightly dense which is what I love in a cake. Thank you for posting frosting recipe!!

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      Carrie Sellman says

      Thank you Tanya.

      I try to smooth the icing as much as possible with a large offset spatula. Then touch it up again with a smaller offset spatula, that I heat up by dunking into hot water (and wipe dry with a towel). Hope that helps!


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