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This Easter Basket Cake Will Make Easter Even More Fun And Delicious

This Easter Basket Cake Will Make Easter Even More Fun And Delicious

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What’s better than the cutest easter basket filled with goodies from the Easter Bunny? A sweet, coconut Easter Basket Cake. 

My 4 year old son Dash Bakes The Greats was so excited to see all of the colorful candies and marshmallow peeps we would get to use for this Easter Basket Cake, and taste test each of course. Although this cake has several different steps, the best part is decorating it with all of the spring and Easter candies. Well, to be honest, the best part is always eating, but decorating a close second. 

Easter Basket Cake

Easter Basket Cake

Easter Basket Cake

Easter Basket Cake

Easter Basket Cake

Easter Basket Cake

Easter Basket Cake

Can you make any substitutions to the Easter Basket Cake or decorations?

You could easily use your favorite Betty Crocker cake mix, rainbow chip, strawberry, yellow, chocolate or even marble. Although we highly recommend the coconut grass, you could substitute edible candy easter grass, or even just green frosting. The decorations we chose are absolutely sweet and a special treat, but you could use chocolate bunnies as a substitute for the marshmallow peeps, especially if your cake is a chocolate cake. Another option of easter candy egg in place of the robin eggs is another favorite of ours, Cadbury candy milk chocolate mini eggs. 

How do I make the Easter Basket Cake?

Heat oven to 350 degrees for shiny metal or glass pans, 325 degrees for nonstick pans. Grease 2 round 8″ cake pans. We used spray oil. 

Mix cake mix, water (or use milk as a substitute as we did), oil and and eggs in a large bowl with mixer on medium speed or beat vigorously by hand 2 minutes. Pour evenly into 2 round cake pans. Tap on counter to settle before baking. 

Bake as directed according to directions, 29-34 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan. Cool completely before frosting. 

While the cake is cooling, in a plastic ziplock bag or bowl, mix coconut flakes and a few drops of green food coloring to resemble grass. Add drops of water to help spread the coloring if needed. 

Place bottom layer of cake on cake stand and frost the top.

Cut partially into the top layer of cake, about a 5″ circle in the center and place on top of frosted bottom layer. 

Frost sides of the cake all the way around and top except where the coconut grass will be in the center. 

Fill the center of cake with green coconut “grass”. 

Place 3 marshmallow bunny peeps and 3 chick peeps on the coconut grass. 

Add robin chocolate eggs on top of the coconut grass. 

Starting on the sides, place pastel m&m candies in a row all the way around the sides of the cake. One row at a time, about 3 rows. Place 2 circle rows of pastel m&m’s all the way around the top of the cake. 

Roll enough tinfoil in a long shape, depending on how long you want your basket handle to be. Wrap your favorite ribbon around tinfoil to cover. Make a bow with the ribbon and tie onto top of your basket handle. Insert handle lightly into top of cake. You may need a dab of glue on both ends of the ribbon to secure so it doesn’t unravel. 

When you cut into the cake, you’ll be delighted to see the grass fall into each slice. Slice, serve and enjoy with your family this Easter. 

 

easter cake recipe

easter cake recipe

easter cake recipe

easter cake recipe

easter cake recipe

easter cake recipe

Easter Basket Cake – Ingredients

CAKE:

Yellow Cake Mix (we used Betty Crocker)

1 Cup Water (we substituted milk)

1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil

3 Whole Eggs 

FROSTING:

1 Tub of Betty Crocker Vanilla Frosting

COCONUT TOPPING:

1-2 Cups Coconut Flakes

Green Food Coloring

Water to dilute

DECORATIONS:

Marshmallow Peeps, Bunnies and Chicks

Whoppers Robin Eggs

Pastel M&M’s Chocolate Candies

BASKET HANDLE:

Tinfoil

Ribbon

Be sure to check out Dash’s baking Instagram @DashBakesTheGreats for more kids baking ideas and inspiration and all his archived recipes here! 

easter cake recipe

easter cake recipe

easter cake recipe

easter cake recipe

Easter Basket Cake Recipe

Agnes Hsu
What's better than the cutest easter basket filled with goodies from the Easter Bunny? A sweet, coconut Easter Basket Cake. 
Course Dessert

Ingredients
  

Cake

  • Yellow Cake Mix we used Betty Crocker
  • 1 Cup Water (we substituted milk)
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 3 Whole Eggs
  • 1 Tub of Vanilla Frosting we used Betty Crocker

Coconut Grass

  • 1-2 Cups Coconut Flakes
  • Green Food Coloring
  • Water to dilute and help blend the color

Decorations

  • Marshmallow Peeps, Bunnies and Chicks
  • Whoppers Robin EggsPastel
  • Pastel M&M's Chocolate Candies

Basket Handle

  • Tinfoil
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue gun

Instructions
 

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees for shiny metal or glass pans, 325 degrees for nonstick pans. Grease 2 round 8" cake pans. We used spray oil. 
    Mix cake mix, water (or use milk as a substitute as we did), oil, and eggs in a large bowl with mixer on medium speed or beat vigorously by hand 2 minutes.
    Pour batter evenly into 2 round cake pans. Tap on counter to settle before baking. 
    Bake as directed according to directions, 29-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
    Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan. Cool completely before frosting. 
    While the cake is cooling, in a plastic ziplock bag or bowl, mix coconut flakes and a few drops of green food coloring to resemble grass. Add drops of water to help spread the coloring if needed. 
    Place bottom layer of cake on cake stand and frost the top.
    Cut partially into the top layer of cake, about a 5" circle in the center (remove excess cake) and place cake layer on top of frosted bottom layer. 
    Frost sides of the cake all the way around and top except where the coconut grass will be in the center. 
    Fill the center of cake with green coconut "grass."
    Place 3 marshmallow bunny peeps and 3 chick peeps on the coconut grass. 
    Add robin chocolate eggs on top of the coconut grass. 
    Starting on the sides, place pastel m&m candies in a row all the way around the sides of the cake. One row at a time, about 3 rows. Place 2 circle rows of pastel m&m's all the way around the top of the cake. 
    Roll enough tinfoil in a long shape, depending on how long you want your basket handle to be. Wrap your favorite ribbon around tinfoil to cover. Make a bow with the ribbon and tie onto top of your basket handle (or hot glue). Insert handle lightly into top of cake. You may need a dab of glue on both ends of the ribbon to secure so it doesn't unravel. 
    When you cut into the cake, you'll be delighted to see the grass fall into each slice. Slice, serve and enjoy with your family this Easter. 

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