Easter Basket Cupcakes: As Fun To Make As They Are To Eat!

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Easter Basket Cupcakes are as fun to make as they are to eat and a sweet ending to your Easter brunch!


You can set up a cupcake bar so kids can customize their Easter basket cupcakes with the color of their Easter grass and candy of choice. . .jelly beans, Jordan Almonds, Easter PEEPS, foil wrapped chocolate bunnies or chicks and candy handles. . . a fun activity for everybunny. (=’.’=)

 I found Wilton Picket Fence Cupcake Wraps at Target.

 For the Easter “grass” in the cupcake baskets, I tinted shredded coconut with food coloring. You can make your grass the color of your choice or multi-color as in Mini Easter Basket Cakes.

Tinting shredded coconut is quick and easy and there are a couple of ways you can do it. The first way is by placing your coconut in a plastic bag or bowl, adding a couple of drops liquid food color, and mixing or massaging your plastic bag until you have your desired color. Let your coconut dry a little on a paper towel. Your can tint your coconut in advance and store it in zip top bag in the refrigerator until you’re ready to assemble your cupcakes. I used a 14 oz. bag of coconut which was more than enough for 24 cupcakes.

I tinted my coconut by adding a couple of teaspoons of water in a jar, then adding some gel food coloring, giving the jar a vigorous shake to break up the gel, mixing it with the water until blended. Add the coconut to the jar with the food coloring and shake it vigorously until it your coconut is tinted as desired. If your coconut “grass” is too light, add more diluted food coloring to your jar and shake again until you achieve your desired color, working in batches.

Place the tinted coconut on a paper towel, blotting to absorb the excess moisture. Allow your coconut to dry out a little, to lose some of the water that you added, covering with a paper towel on your kitchen counter. If you’re in a hurry, you can place your tinted coconut on parchment paper in a 200 degree oven for 20 minutes or so, giving it a stir occasionally.

For edible basket handles, I used Sour Punch Straws. I found a rainbow package of Sour Punch Straws at Target.


Bake your cupcakes using your favorite recipe or box mix. I use a favorite shortcut and two-ingredient cupcake recipe for quick and easy baking.

Less time mixing and baking = more time for decorating!

Use your favorite frosting recipe or canned frosting. You can tint your frosting with food coloring to match your grass if desired.

I piped a little frosting on the bottom of the foiled wrapped bunny to anchor it to the cupcake. Lindt Easter Milk Chocolate Mini Gold Bunnies, Lambs, Ducklings and Chicks come in a pack of 5 for around $4.99. I found mine at Target.

Pipe your frosting around your foil wrapped bunny or chick and attach your coconut “grass”.

Bend your candy straw to form a basket handle, anchoring it in the sides of your cupcake. If you can’t find Sour Punch Straws, you can use licorice, cutting it if necessary for the basket handles.

Add the candy eggs of your choice, tucking them in the basket. I used speckled egg jelly beans.

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  39 comments for “Easter Basket Cupcakes: As Fun To Make As They Are To Eat!

  1. March 23, 2018 at 6:26 am

    Oh my goodness, those are the CUTEST cupcakes Mary! Thanks so much for the great tutorial. I’m going to see if I can find those cupcake wrappers. I’m forwarding this to my daughter-in-love. I think she will love the idea of a cupcake ‘bar’ if I help her with the prep. Happy Easter!

  2. March 23, 2018 at 7:01 am

    Oh so adorable and fun!! 😊🐰

  3. Sherlie Magaret
    March 23, 2018 at 7:02 am

    Those cupcake baskets are adorable and I love the basket wrappers.

  4. March 23, 2018 at 7:05 am

    Mary, I always look forward to your holiday recipes and these are just adorable! It makes me wish I had some little ones to make them for. 🐇🌸🐣

  5. March 23, 2018 at 7:12 am

    Adorable! 🐰

  6. Susie
    March 23, 2018 at 7:19 am

    These are adorable!! So hard to find Easter table decorations for the adults at the table, and the are perfect–love the Lindt bunny!

  7. Karen
    March 23, 2018 at 7:59 am

    These cupcakes are adorable,and I love the bunny plates!

  8. March 23, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Another sweet holiday recipe from you! Pinning, thank you!

  9. March 23, 2018 at 9:21 am

    What adorable cupcakes, Mary, that you’ve created! I see a Target run in my near future. Cissy would have fun putting these together!!

  10. Sandi Allen
    March 23, 2018 at 9:25 am

    These are so adorable! Thank You for sharing!

  11. Barb Zuleski
    March 23, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Fanciful and Fun. Avery Happy Easter to you…

  12. Rita C.
    March 23, 2018 at 9:32 am

    So cute!

  13. franki
    March 23, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Suh-weet!! franki

  14. Alice
    March 23, 2018 at 10:40 am

    A party is just around the corner each time I see your post. So much fun and so creative and easy to create. I want to live next door to you so that I could become your friend and be the recipient of all your ideas, not just the ones you show us. I adore all of your ideas.

  15. Cyndi Raines
    March 23, 2018 at 11:06 am

    Just too cute Mary! 😊🐇

  16. anne
    March 23, 2018 at 11:10 am

    These are so adorable. I wish I had some little ones to make these for. Your table looks so pretty.
    Thank you for sharing all your creative ideas. Everything always looks amazing!
    Have a Blessed Easter~

  17. Sandy Park
    March 23, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Those are absolutely ADORABLE. Don’t think I could even eat one, they’re just tooooo cute. OK I could maybe eat two.

  18. Virginia
    March 23, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    I know ADORABLE has been used over and over again but it’s the first thought that came to my mind when I saw them. You continue to amaze me with your creative ideas.

  19. March 23, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Mary, these are adorable. I will definitely make these with my little granddaughter next year when she is a little older! Thanks for sharing the easy to follow tutorial!

  20. March 23, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    Too bunnlicious Mary!! Would you please come to the beach and supervise a cupcake decorating bar for my little bunnies? It’s sunny and warm here ☀️🌴 Simply too cute to eat!!

  21. Marilyn
    March 23, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Thank You Mary for sharing your cupcakes. They are very lovely and cute.
    Marilyn,Joan and Marion

  22. March 23, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Very cute Mary! Lovin’ the little Lindt bunnies too:@)

  23. March 23, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    Tisket a Tasket ..lI’ve those little Easter baskets!! 🐇💐🐇🌷

  24. Marina Brivio
    March 24, 2018 at 3:44 am

    Bellissime le tue tavole pasquali, portano gioia💗👍👋

  25. Catherine LUXEREAU
    March 24, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Bonjour Mary….je vote pour votre table qui est pour moi une des plus jolies si ce n est la plus jolie…bravo ..j adore !!! et merci encore pour les jolis petits paniers de Paques.

    Bonne journée et a bientot

  26. Cindy lou
    March 24, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    The QUEEN strikes again !!BRAVO !!

  27. March 25, 2018 at 9:49 am

    What a DARLING idea, Mary! You make me want to run to Target right this minute. Thanks for sharing this easy & cute idea.

  28. March 26, 2018 at 8:41 am

    So cute! I found everything just as you described at Target and the Lindt bunnies were on sale! My granddaughter and I are making these for Easter dinner. piping green frosting instead of coconut for the picky eaters. I really appreciate the pictures of each item when you do tutorials. I knew exactly what to look for including the Rainbow straws. Thank You and Happy Easter.

  29. March 26, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    They are the absolute cutest!!!! What a great project to make with the “loves” …. I think I would be taking the “rainbow straws” off each cupcake when no one is looking!!

  30. chaya
    April 4, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    The cupcakes are gorgeous. So beautiful to look at especially in these times of stress. Thank you Mary for such beautiful posts.

  31. April 4, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    Happy Easter, stay well!

  32. Kathy
    March 20, 2021 at 9:18 am

    These are adorable! Did you also find the cupcake liners ar target?

    • March 20, 2021 at 11:54 am

      Thank you Kathy! I think I got at Michaels but there is link provided at the bottom of the post to some similar at Amazon.

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