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Easter Basket Cake

Rated as 4.88 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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1 h servings 668
Original recipe yields 10 servings (1 8 inch round basket)


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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.


  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 668 calories; 25.4 106.3 4.5 6 488 Full nutrition

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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 ...

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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...

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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 ...

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 o...

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 ...

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 pe...

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 smalles...

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 o...

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 ...

Huge hit at Easter. Everyone loved it! And they were so amazed I did it myself. It was great! Thanks for the great idea!

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. V...