Easter Basket Cake

Easter Basket Cake

Valerie Lynne 66

"Very festive for the Easter holiday! Instead of using the candy to decorate the basket, I've also used milk chocolate icing or colored the vanilla icing to match the handle then used a fork to gently rake a basket type woven look into the sides of the cake."

Ingredients 1 h {{adjustedServings}} servings 668 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 668 kcal
  • 33%
  • Fat:
  • 25.4 g
  • 39%
  • Carbs:
  • 106.3g
  • 34%
  • Protein:
  • 4.5 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 6 mg
  • 2%
  • Sodium:
  • 488 mg
  • 20%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Prepare the cake mix and bake the cake in two 8 inch rounds according to package directions. Cool completely.
  2. Cut a circle out of the center of one of the layers, leaving a ring that measures 1 1/2 inches from the outer to the inner edge. Place the uncut layer on a serving platter and frost the top. Place the ring layer on top of the frosted layer, and frost the sides and top of the basket. Decorate the sides and top by pressing candy pieces into the frosting.
  3. To tint the coconut, combine water and green food coloring in a medium bowl. Stir in coconut with a fork until evenly tinted. Place green coconut grass in center of cake basket.
  4. To make a handle, cut a piece of aluminum foil 8x16 inches. Fold in half lengthwise 4 times. Wrap with ribbon, securing the ends with tape. Insert ends of the handle into the cake top. Fill basket with Easter candy and goodies, if desired.
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What a beautiful cake! We used crepe paper instead of ribbons, and wound 2 different colors around the foil handle, and then tied a big bow on top. The round part of the cake that was cut out was frosted, decorated and given to the one person at the table who hated coconut. I can't wait to make this next year when my son is old enough to help me decorate it!

Brandy Lee

Wow! This was so easy, and it turned out to be so cute!! For the handle, I wanted to use several red licorice ropes, but I accidentally picked up the wrong kind at the store. I was in a bit of a crunch, time wise, so this idea will have to wait until next year. Instead, I laid out a piece of rose-colored saran wrap, laid a piece of tin foil, the same size, on top of it, then rolled the two together. The handle was pretty and strong; the ends went right down into the sides of the cake. The coconut was a lot less messy than I thought it would be to color, and it looked great in and around the cake! I filled the middle of the "basket" with some of the coconut grass and then put in some chocolates and jelly beans. Thanks for a terrific idea that will likely be a new tradition!


I made an Easter basket cake many years ago and had forgotten about it. This recipe was a good reminder. I made this cake with an Almond Bundt cake and Whipped Cream-Cream Cheese frosting, both from this site. I baked it in a bundt pan. When cooled, I frosted and filled the whole with green tinted coconut and placed a variety of Easter candy in the middle. Instead of making a handle out of foil which does not bend nicely, I used floral wrapped wire sticks and curved them gently around a round object. Then I wrapped with bright colored ribbons and made two bows of matching, but different ribbons. Everyone thought I really fussed with the cake when in actually, it was very easy. It looked very festive with my Easter meal. I will definitely do this again. Picture to be posted soon. Thanks for sharing.