I see something--in this case, Sprinkle Bakes' really lovely Speckled Egg Malted Milk Cake:
Complete with phyllo nest. Fancy!
...and I have to make it. The cake is a play off malted milk eggs, which as it turns out are HELLA DIFFICULT to locate two days before Easter. Learn from my mistakes, kids.
Observe: our cake template. Someday I'll figure out how to cover a cake in a crunchy candy shell.
Didn't have an occasion handy for making such a thing, and it's a lot weirder to bring an entire huge cake to the office than it is a plate of cookies or something, so I offered it up to Claire's family for their Easter get-together. They accepted, and then her mom invited me to come along with the cake. Can't say no to that.
I ended up malt-ing Smitten Kitchen's vanilla buttermilk cake recipe (my go-to) via a half cup of malted milk powder, which is pretty handy stuff. Had to get some chocolate in there somewhere so I used a thin layer of ganache between the layers instead of frosting.
Obviously, the best part of making this thing is speckling it--you make a paint with vanilla and cocoa and flick it onto your cake with a brush. Since I figured this would make a huge mess I made a splatter zone with a beach towel, a hammer, and a couple nails.
I think it worked--I haven't found any spots on the wall. Yet.
I want to do this to every cake I make, it's so much fun in a way that only terribly messy things can be. Final result?
Obviously I had to stick a bunch of candy in this thing, you know me.
This ended up being a pretty sizable cake--three 8" layers plus frosting and filling. Obviously this falls into the category of non-problems, but I'm going to need to source some bigger cake boxes.