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!
I’ve been hopping lately, with spring on a ladder and planting seed boxes! On 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!
The shortcake basket pan 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!
I tinted some shredded coconut using food coloring for Easter “grass” for the basket cakes.
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
I added a little confectioners’ sugar glaze, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract, to drizzle on the cakes before decorating them.
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.
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!
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