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.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
10
Yield:
1 8 inch round basket
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Prepare the cake mix and bake the cake in two 8 inch rounds according to package directions. Cool completely.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

668 calories; protein 4.5g; carbohydrates 106.3g; fat 25.4g; cholesterol 5.6mg; sodium 488.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (45)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2003
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! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/01/2009
Cute idea easier than others I've seen and I really like the handle idea. That turned out well. But the ring on top completely fell apart when I tried to frost it. I followed directions but I was just asking too much of that cake to have its center cut out placed on top of another layer and then smear frosting all over it including the inside hole. I don't know that I'd attempt this again--maybe a smaller hole but that'd leave very little room for candy. Read More
(5)
59 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2003
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2006
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! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2009
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/10/2007
Great idea and fun to make. I made a coconut cake and used a basket weave for the decorations. My 4 and 2 year old helped make the molded chocolates we used to decorate the middle. Several people at our Easter party didn't think if was a cake at first. I used card stock folded and glued for the handle and then just attached a bow. I cut a bamboo skewer in half and used them to help hold the handle. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/24/2009
I made this and it turned out great and i'm not usually a one to bake and be patient with a project like this. It was pretty easy. I have a tip though when cutting out the center use the smallest bowl or big tea cup push it down in the middle pull it out it is easier then trying to make it even with a knife. It is also a good small dessert for later. Don't go to heavy with the coconut. Overall it was fun and good tasting. Try it you will love it. GOOD LUCK Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2004
This is the cutest and easiest Easter cake to make. Use your imagination and you can do all sorts of things with it! Thank you so much. My whole family will be in awe on Sunday when they dig into it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2010
I have made this and it is so easy and so cute! Rather than go through the fuss of making a handle I go to the dollar store and buy a cheap easter basket. I use wire cutters to cut the handle off and use it in the cake! Sooo easy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2010
Huge hit at Easter. Everyone loved it! And they were so amazed I did it myself. It was great! Thanks for the great idea! Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2008
very cute and easy idea. I used some light cardboard to form the handle and wrapped with grosgrain ribbon. You'll want to have about 2 cans of icing to get enough coverage and not be short. Very fun for everyone! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/01/2009
Cute idea easier than others I've seen and I really like the handle idea. That turned out well. But the ring on top completely fell apart when I tried to frost it. I followed directions but I was just asking too much of that cake to have its center cut out placed on top of another layer and then smear frosting all over it including the inside hole. I don't know that I'd attempt this again--maybe a smaller hole but that'd leave very little room for candy. Read More
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