Updated: Sep 6, 2018
Spring time brings out all the beautiful colors, but nothing shouts 'spring is here' like the enchanting pastel colors that encapsulate Easter. To me nothing holds a candle to the soft blue hues that lay inside a robin's nest. As a child, I would stare at the petite speckled eggs cover in freckles, just hoping they would spring out new life in front of my eyes.
When contemplating on what Easter cupcakes to make for the kiddos Easter party, I couldn't help be inspired by all the beautiful pastel blue speckled cakes that have been swirling all over the pages of Pinterest. Leading a somewhat chaotic life, I cannot always be one hundred percent homemade. Throw me a bone you guys, I need to be a semi homemade mom once in awhile too. Especially when the pre made ingredients are to write home over. With all the swoon worthy, simple ingredients. Thank you Simple Mills for making my job a little easier and for providing the utmost, wholesome ingredients.
Now, speaking of ingredients. To get the blue frosting, I went the natural route and made my own blue food coloring (super simple- recipe here) to forgo the artificial blue dye.
Okay, yes I am a little picky about what I put into these kiddos bodies. Working with toddlers and preschoolers, their brains are developing at such rapid speeds, I try day in & day out to feed their minds and bodies the most wholesome and nutrient dense foods. The first three years of a child's life are the most vital to brain growth. You'd be damn if I were to distrupt that with artificial rubbish. Not their beautiful minds, not on my watch.
Surprising, these little guys turnout so well. All natural and wholesome ingredients except for the candy treats on top. Okay, so I can be semi homemade and live a little. There you have it folks, I am a real human with a deep love for cake.
Homemade Blue Dye- recipe here
Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
Malt or Caramel Speckled candy egg
Coacoa Powder or Dark Cocoa Powder
Paint brush or new tooth brush
Follow direction on the back of the Simple Mills cake box. I was able to make 12 cupcakes from the box mix. While cupcakes are baking, mix homemade blue dye into frosting until you reach the pale blue or pale teal blue of your choice. Once cupcakes have cooled, frost the tops with the Robins Egg blue frosting. To create speckles, I mixed a tbsp of coacoa powder with water. Then dipped a new toothbrush or small paint brush into the mixture, run your finger down the bristles to create a splattered and speckled pattern. I suggest starting farther away to get a better gage and what you want your speckles to look like. Next toast the coconut in the oven on a cookie sheet at 350 degree for about 5 mins or so. Monitor and stir, so it does not burn. Place shredded toasted coconut in a circle on top of frosting to create a nest for the egg. Next, place the speckled candy egg in the nest.
Tip* Due to oxidation, frosting will start to take on a greener color after 6 hours or so. If you want to keep the integrity of the baby blue color, I suggest frosting these and serving them within a few hours or so.