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Speckled Malted Coconut Cake

If you're looking for just one way to impress your guests on Easter Sunday, this gorgeous Easter cake will do the trick. Whether you serve this coconut confection with the rest of your brunch or make it the highlight of your menu, this dessert will not only wow the crowd, but it will satisfy any foodie. While it may seem a little complicated, there are easy steps to follow to make your cake perfect. To make your cake super fluffy, beat your Egg whites until stiff - they should be able to stand up and have a bright shine. To get a velvety glaze, it all depends on the tools you use. Start at the sides with a large, offset spatula, then move to the top, applying even pressure throughout your strokes. And when creating that delicate little phyllo nest, be sure not to break the dough into small pieces or it won't hold together. Now you have all the directions you need to make this special holiday treat.

You can find multi-colored robin Eggs from Whopper or Cadbury in most grocery stores around Easter time, but these blue and brown delights from Terrain will match your cake.  

  • YIELDS:12 - 15
  • PREP TIME:0   hours   45   mins
  • TOTAL TIME:1   hour   30   mins


  • Baking spray, for pan
  • 3 c. cake flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 c. malted milk powder
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 c. canola oil
  • 1 c. half-and-half, at room temperature
  • 1 c. Sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. pure coconut extract
  • 1 large Egg plus 2 large Egg whites, at room temperature
  • Coconut Buttercream
  • 1/8 tsp. brown gel food coloring
  • Phyllo nest
  • Robin's Egg candies


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease three 8-inch cake pans and line the bottom with parchment paper rounds. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, malt powder and salt.
  • In another bowl, whisk together oil, half-and-half, sugar, vanilla, coconut extract and whole Egg until smooth. Fold in flour mixture until incorporated. Beat Egg whites with electric mixer on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes. Fold Egg whites into batter just until combined.
  • Spoon batter into prepared pans. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes. Cool in pans on wire rack for 15 minutes, then invert onto wire racks to cool completely.
  • Place one layer on a cake plate and frost the top with 1 cup of coconut buttercream. Repeat two more times. Frost the sides with the remaining coconut buttercream.
  • Mix food coloring and 2 drops of water in a bowl. Dip the tip of a wide, stiff brush into the mixture. Holding the brush 6 to 8 inches away from the cake, gently squirt the mixture onto the iced cake. Repeat to achieve desired effect. Spread the phyllo nest around the base of the cake, and nestle the robin's Egg candy into the nest.


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