Mini Easter Basket Cakes

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I have a fun dessert idea with Easter on its way, Mini Easter Basket Cakes! Festive to serve and easy to decorate, filling with colored coconut for “grass”, candy eggs, and a chocolate bunny or chick, just like an Easter basket!

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 I’ve been hopping lately, with spring on a ladder and planting seed boxesOn one of my shopping trips for plants and bulbs I spied a Nordic Ware Shortcake Basket Pan at Walmart, fun for a mini dessert and to spring into baking!

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The shortcake basket pan was $24 at Walmart and makes 6 mini 3-inch cakes, in addition to being ideal for shortcakes, you could fill the top of the basket with any combination of filling, fruit, and/or whipped or ice cream. If you don’t want to invest in a pan, you could make these Easter basket cakes using ready-made shortcake dessert shells from the grocery store!

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I tinted some shredded coconut using food coloring for Easter “grass” for the basket cakes.

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Tinting shredded coconut is quick and easy! The first way is by placing your coconut in a plastic bag or bowl, adding a couple of drops food color, and mixing or massaging your plastic bag until you have your desired color. Let your coconut dry a little on wax paper and place it in a baggie in the fridge until ready to use. Remember your color mixing from elementary school, red + blue = purple and yellow + red will make a carrot color :)

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I tinted my coconut by adding a couple of teaspoons of water in a jar, then adding a couple of drops of food coloring, giving the jar a shake to mix the color with the water for a more even mix of color. I added the coconut to the jar and shook it again until it the coconut was tinted. Since I added some water, I placed the coconut on a paper towel to absorb the excess moisture.

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I used the recipe that came with the pan for theses mini cakes. They only require 3 cups of batter, just enough for 6 cakes. Whatever cake recipe you use for these cakes, make sure to only fill the molds 3/4 full to avoid overflowing.

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I used Baker’s Joy (non stick baking spray with flour) for the molds. The cakes bake in about 20 minutes. Let them cool 7 minutes in the pan and then turn out on a wire rack to cool completely.

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I added a little confectioners’ sugar glaze, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract, to drizzle on the cakes before decorating them.

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The decorating is the fun part, just like filling a real Easter basket!

Add your tinted coconut to your basket cake, and place candy eggs, jelly beans or Jordan Almonds in your Easter “grass” nest.

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I added a Lindt Chocolate Mini Bunny or Chick to each basket cake. Mini Lindt Easter Chocolates come in a 5-pack (I found mine at Target). They have adorable lamb mini chocolates too. I thought these Easter Basket Cakes were full and cute without handles, but be creative and have fun decorating and use licorice or any rope-like candy you want for cake basket handles!

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Bordallo Pinheiro Bunny Cake Plate and Egg Cup/ HomeGoods, several years ago

Bunny towels / Williams-Sonoma, several years ago

Nordic Ware Shortcake Basket Pan / Walmart

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  35 comments for “Mini Easter Basket Cakes

  1. Deborah
    March 30, 2015 at 5:57 am

    Off to find the basket pans! Another too cute for words Easter dessert that I must attempt. Your website brings me so much joy. I do believe I am having more fun than the grandkids this year. Thanks!

  2. Connie
    March 30, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Very cute and looks easy to make adorable Easter décor/desert. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. March 30, 2015 at 6:26 am

    Oh my goodness, Mary…these are just ADORABLE!!! I bought some of those Lundt choc. chicks, bunnies & the lambs, too, planning on putting them on top of cupcakes. Now I have to hit Walmart today to see if I can find that pan. Too, too cute!!! Loved every single photograph!

  4. Ellen Stillabower
    March 30, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Great idea!! You could use that basket cake for a spring basket too or just about any seasonal theme or a bridal or baby shower with different decorations. Thanks again and HAPPY EASTER TO ALL! 💐🐣🐇🐇🐇🌷💐💐

  5. Sherlie Magaret
    March 30, 2015 at 7:02 am

    These are adorable, so cute. Love the idea.

  6. March 30, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Very cute Mary! I love the pretty colors of your coconut, especially the mixed confetti one! And I’ve never been known to turn down a Lindt bunny:@)

  7. Vicky
    March 30, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Such a cute idea! Thanks for the Easter inspiration!

  8. Joe
    March 30, 2015 at 7:54 am

    You are really amazing! Love your blog and your creativity!

  9. March 30, 2015 at 8:26 am

    just adorable! Love the different colored grasses and your technique! The cakes look so moist and tempting Mary, and the pan is a treasure, lots of fun ahead with that :) Happy week~
    Jenna

  10. Melodie Strickland
    March 30, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Mary,

    What an adorable idea making mini Easter cakes–they look scrumptious!! Your Easter decorations are lovely and looking at your photos makes my day. Our area will be having warmer weather this week with temperatures in the 60’s and a couple of days in the 70’s.

    Melodie

  11. March 30, 2015 at 8:42 am

    These are too cute!! What a great idea and beautiful execution. Pinning for next year. Happy Easter, Mary.

  12. March 30, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Those are too cute!! And look delicious too!! I’m going to try this with the shortcake shells. Thanks for another great idea:)

  13. March 30, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Wow, it’s good to know that Nordicware can be found at Wal Mart, Mary! Your little baskets are just the sweetest little dessert. The tinted coconut makes them special and topped with some Lindt chocolate…yum! Happy Easter to you, your hubby, and Chloe and Gracie.

  14. Melissa Leach
    March 30, 2015 at 9:31 am

    These little Easter basket cakes are too cute! Thanks for sharing. I think they are perfect for my gown up kids!

  15. March 30, 2015 at 10:14 am

    I agree Mary! Your website cheers me up each and every time I come over here! What a sweet little dessert cake! So cute!!

  16. milamyk
    March 30, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Cuteness overload~!

    I hope you will share your cakes with our Link Up – Idea box:

    http://milaslittlethings.com/2015/03/idea-box-thursday-link-party-3.html

    xx
    Mila

  17. March 30, 2015 at 10:24 am

    I know that whenever I view your blog posts I am going to see something really special. These are so cute! Thanks for sharing.

  18. March 30, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Oh my how cute are those! I’m glad you explaid about tinting the coconut. I was wondering how to do that!

  19. March 30, 2015 at 11:24 am

    I am so in love with these baskets!!!….Now I hope that Wal-Mart has not run out of these…after this post there may just be a run on them!….

  20. March 30, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Mary, these are too cute. I may have to invest in one of those pans. This is a wonderful idea for all the reasons you list. We have now decided to join a group of friends for brunch out on Easter Sunday. I plan to take a party favor for everyone, but doubt the restaurant would smile on individual cakes. I’ll save the idea for when we host here at home.
    You have the best ideas. I’m adding this to my Pinterest Board. Thanks!

  21. March 30, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Adorable and so very fun!

  22. franniemeshorer
    March 30, 2015 at 11:56 am

    so very dear! you can now buy EDIBLE EASTER GRASS too! thanks for all your wonderful ideas, treasures, decorating, recipes!

  23. March 30, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Nordic Ware should hire you to do their ads!

    These are adorable!

  24. franki
    March 30, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    I NEED a “Jordan Almond!!!!” franki

  25. March 30, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    You, my dear, are a life saver!! I am bringing dessert to our family Easter dinner and had something else planned but now THIS is what’s for dessert!!! Thanks so much for the how to on dying the coconut! I can’t wait to make these. If Walmart is out of the pans I will buy the shortcakes like you suggested. Happy Easter week. Oh and your presentation is flawless! Again!!!

  26. March 30, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    These little cakes are just adorable! I especially love how you created “Easter grass” with the colored coconut! I am sure I will use that idea for some Easter treat next year! I will be pinning to my Easter board and sharing over at FB and G+! Hugs! Chloe

  27. March 31, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Oh my gosh Mary! These mini-cakes are just adorable. You are so crazy talented!

  28. Paula
    March 31, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    I have to agree, totally !! toooo cute !!! I;m thinking strawberry shortcakes too !!

  29. April 2, 2015 at 9:27 am

    I made these the night you posted them! To save the cost of the baking pan, I used shortcake shells. I sprinkled the lovely tinted “grass” with large multi-colored round Easter sprinkles that already had. Instead of your adorable chocolates, I put a yellow Peep chick in each one, wrapped each one in plastic wrap tied at the top with lovely ribbons and a tag wishing everyone a “Happy Resurrection Day!”. It was fun delivering them around town. Everyone LOVED your idea!

    • April 2, 2015 at 9:40 am

      They sound oh so cute Lynette! Happy Resurrection Day to you :)

  30. Cindy
    April 6, 2015 at 11:14 am

    As soon as I saw your post I ran to Walmart but they didn’t have so I ordered from Amazon. I did make for Easter and while they were absolutely adorable I found the shortcake to be very dry, so I think I would try pound cake or something different the next time. Thank you so much for such a sweet idea. BTW I also have a Bichon and love seeing your girls!

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