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Easter Basket Cake Recipe

Easter Basket Cake Recipe

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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:8-10 servings


  • 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


  • 1. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour the batter into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.
  • 2. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near 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 19-in. x 14-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. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Recipe Note

How-To: Basket Diagram >

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BitsyBet User ID: 5720753 124637
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2013 Edited Jul. 6, 2017

"Here is the link to the diagram on how to cut the cake into the basket and egg shapes:"

Oceanwave03 User ID: 3415801 127247
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2012

"To see the basked design for the cake you need to click on (THIS DIAGRAM) in the recipe, which is the third dot down on the directions."

lbailla1 User ID: 1814645 61906
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2010

"I was going to make this but there was no "diagram below" to follow:("

011361042927 User ID: 4021780 48878
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2009

"There is no "diagram" below."

sweetsue1006 User ID: 2176954 138052
Reviewed May. 17, 2009

"Re: Easter Basket cake

I have a question do you cute the cake to get the basket shape (including the handle and eggs???)????? Thanks

cookingbabe21 User ID: 4062699 54542
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2009

"I have a question.... I'm not quite sure how to shape the cake. Could you tell me how to please?"

wargofive User ID: 114241 40506
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2009

"Hi this is just a 2 layer cake filled, coconut on top of white frosting, soem dyed green for the center. Peeps around the sides, one had a plastic easter decoration in the middle

Hope this helps

gilcon50 User ID: 3533002 87933
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2009

"would appreciate a diagram!"

wargofive User ID: 114241 67091
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2009

eastercake2006.jpg picture by wargofive
easter_cake.gif picture by wargofive
Couple of versions I have done

lindyk58 User ID: 2587900 85230
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2009

"cant make without pattern diagram below?"

sulynnvan User ID: 2916074 133979
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2008

"The article refers to a "diagram below" but I do not see one. Does anyone know where to find it?"

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