We would love to share this super cool, easy Easter Basket cake idea with you! It’s not technically a recipe as you are just assembling store-bought ingredients to put together your own Easter Basket shaped cake, to make for a fun theme! Since all of these items are store-bought, you can have these items delivered in your next grocery delivery or quarantine run as we are posting this idea to make Easter-at-home 2020 extra special after the world has been in quarantine for many weeks now!
But although stuck at home, doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of the situation and have some creative fun too! We have been making this cake for years, many years before the quarantine, but it is more clever and easy than ever under the 2020 Easter circumstance!
With Easter right around the corner, we wanted to share a super cute, festive, yet FAST cake idea! It’s an Easter Basket cake, but it only takes 15 minutes to create it with the right supplies!
I had so much fun making this cake and there are literally hundreds of ways to decorate the top. I wanted an Easter Basket Egg Hunt sort of theme for my cake and so my toppings were fun and simple, complete with the candy-filled Easter eggs in the grass!
It also wasn’t an inexpensive cake, not even close to the cost that it looks!
The #1 trick is to use a store-bought cake – a basic round cake that is affordable already! I bought a single layer 8″ round cake from my local grocery store. It will save you loads of time and has that nice frosting where your candy and stuff will stick nicely to the cake. These are sold for $6-$10 in my local store, depending on theme/toppings, etc. but you just need a basic cake as you are going to Easter Basket it up so go for the lowest priced one. !
The perfect starting cake:
The green decorative frosting ribbon at the bottom is actually PERFECT for extra security on keeping your candy bars in place!
- 8″ round single layer cake
- 7 regular size KitKat Bars
- Chocolate Twizzlers (for the handles of your basket)
- Coconut shreds/flakes
- Green food coloring
- Supplies for the themed top: I used mini robin eggs and 3/4th size plastic easter eggs that I got at Dollar Tree
- Ribbon for the bow (I also go this at Dollar Tree) and glue dots
How to Make your 15-Minute Easter Basket Cake:
- First, you need to color your coconut to the color green to resemble grass. Just drop several drops of food coloring into about 1.5 – 2 cups of coconut. Then using a spoon or fork, just mix until you get the desired green you would like!
- Now, unwrap your KitKat bars. Unwrap your 8″ cake and then start placing the KitKats around the cake, facing horizontally, using the frosting already on the cake as the “glue”. This is the perfect spacing, height and size for 7 candy bars to be placed around the circumference of the cake and line up perfectly!
- Then take two chocolate Twizzlers and bend them to handle shape and stick them on opposite sides of the cake!
- Now you are ready to add the grass. Start sprinkling the grass onto the top of the cake until the original cake is completely covered!
- Now it is time to decorate the top however you would like! Peeps, Easter/Spring themed picks, Cadbury Eggs, chocolate eggs, other misc. goodies that you find!
- I chose to use plastic eggs that are about 3/4ths the size of regular eggs and fill them with the whopper robin eggs. Just a fun little addition to give it that Easter Egg Hunt feel! When we served this up, each piece had a filled Easter Egg on top!
- For the final touch, add a string of ribbon around the body of the cake, securing about every candy bar width with a glue dot. Then add a bow (I made it from the ribbon spool – youtube shares great tutorials on easy ribbon making) and secured this with a glue dot. Glue dots work well because they stick well and just peel right off, not leaving a bit of residue.
That’s it! Now you can serve, share and enjoy! With a sharp knife and a steady, firm push down, you can cut through the candy bars easily or you can remove the candy bars, cut a slice and then break off a couple of pieces to serve with each piece. Either way, it serves up really nice and festive!
Fun, Easy, Festive
What a fun way to have a sweet, festive treat! What do you think of this idea? What would you top your cake with?