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Easter Basket Cake

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Makes

8-10 servings

Your guests won't guess how simple it is to cut and assemble this crowd-pleasing cake. Food coloring brightens the store-bought frosting that decorates the basket and eggs, and turns flaked coconut into green Easter grass.

Ingredients

  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 4 cups vanilla frosting
  • Pink, yellow, blue and purple gel or paste food coloring
  • 3 tablespoons sweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 drops green food coloring

Directions

  1. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour the batter into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  2. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes; invert cake onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. Referring to this diagram, cut cake into a basket, handle and six eggs. Arrange basket and handle on a 19x14-in. covered board. Place 1/4 cup of frosting in each of three bowls; tint one pink, one yellow and one blue. Place 1 cup frosting in another bowl; tint purple. Leave the remaining frosting white.
  4. Frost the basket purple. Frost the sides of the handle white. Cut a hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag insert star tip #32. Fill with white frosting. Pipe a robe border on the handle and on the top and bottom of basket
  5. For grass, place coconut in a resealable plastic bag; add green food coloring. Seal bag and shake to tint. Sprinkle above the top of the basket.
  6. Frost and decorate eggs as desired with white and tinted frosting. Arrange in and around basket.
How-To: Basket Diagram >

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